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Circret, a pico projector for your arm, the next generation of smart watch?

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When Google glass was released it seemed like the future was upon us and that finally we were going to be seeing all the things that were promised to us by the year 2000 by all the sci-fi movies of the 60’s and 70’s, hover cars, holograms, computerized glasses, and if we were lucky maybe even light sabers.  So you can understand our excitement when we recently heard about a new product, Cicret, that makes Google glass look bulky and hard to use.

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Circret, looks very similar to a bio-reading bracelet, the kind that you would use with your smartphone to track biometrics such as heart rate and calories burned; however once you see what is lurking in this small bracelet you will definitely be impressed.  Inside is a multitude of smart phone components that allow the Circret to run android on its own without a connected device and it displays its screen to you by projecting an image onto your forearm with a Pico projector.

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By use of various sensors and inputs the smart bracelet is able to actually determine touch input and allow you to use the projected image just like you would a tablet or any other device running android.  There is a WIFI chip included in it which makes us think that Wi-Fi-calling capability may be available with the Circret however there has been no announcement for this and in the diagram there is no included microphone.  Either way, having a Wi-Fi-connected computer on your arm could be very useful, allowing you to browse the internet or watch videos easily; it would also be good for taking notes or even just viewing your grocery list while you’re at the store.

The Circret does include Bluetooth connectivity, so even though it can process the entire android experience on its own this may allow it to receive text/call notifications and alert you when someone is trying to reach you on your phone.

Here is an exploded view of the Circret to give you a better idea of what makes this thing run:

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Of course what we are most interested in here is the projector, although not much information has been released on it, based on the size and amount of power it could be receiving we don’t believe it can be very bright.  We estimate that it would probably be somewhere around 5-10 lumens which would be very dim in the daylight but could probably display a small image at a short throw on someone’s arm in a darker environment.  Obviously no resolution or projection technology specs have been released at this point so there isn’t a whole lot to go off of, once we have a better idea of what kind of engine this product may be running we’ll let you guys know as we’re sure that technology like this is going to be applied to way more than just the Circret.

The Circret currently does not have a release date and the company would like to remind everyone that they have not released this product yet so to not be fooled this holiday season by scammers claiming to have early access to this product.  Another important thing to note is that Circret is not using any sort of public funding for their product; they say this is because there is no guarantee of a product with public funding and with something this different from anything else out there they don’t want to disappoint a whole slew of people.

Here is a simulated video of the Circret in use so that you can see the general concept of the product, hopefully more news on this product gets released soon as we’re pretty curious about the actual specs and how visible this product will be.  If it’s as bright as they claim, an optical engine of this size could be a big game changer for the Pico projector market.

Plus, for those of you that are Futurama fans out there, you can finally own a bracelet like Leela’s.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL to HDMI Video Out To The New Orealo C1 MHL Slim Projector

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Last week we ordered a new pico projector. We wanted to try something out of the ordinary and picked up the Orealo C1 MHL Slim 40 Lumens Pico Projector for only $169.00, as something that could definitely compliment our smartphones when boredom starts to set in. For most of us here we have Android based smartphones. We mainly have the Samsung Galaxy series phones; and we’ve never had a chance to use MHL connection. But we’re sure many people want to know how to get a video out connection from their MHL devices to a TV, LCD, or projector so here we are. First of all, what is an MHL connection? Heres an excerpt taken from the “MHL Consortium” website comprised of Nokia, Samsung, Electronics, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba.

What is MHL Technology?

MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link technology, which allows you to display your smartphone’s content to a larger screen, all while charging your mobile device. Transform your smartphone into a home theater system, stream your favorite TV channels or movies in HD, and experience your favorite music with immersive surround sound. If you’re a gamer, you’ll love playing games on the big screen with MHL, and paired with a Bluetooth game controller you can have the ultimate, untethered gaming experience. [www.meetmhl.com]

Now that we have established what MHL technology is lets check out what we’re working with here.  We have the Samsung Galaxy S4 that we’d like to connect to our new Orealo C1 MHL Slim PIco Projector. [picture of phone and pico]   For some reason, although MHL is suppose to produce a high-definition video output from our tiny Samsung smarphone, we just can’t fathom that its possible.  But, we will soon find out…Right out the box. we notice that the Orealo C1 MHL Slim projector actually comes with an MHL adapter which is pretty awesome when everyone’s always trying to make an extra buck and charge you for extra stuff just to get it working the way its suppose to do.  Putting it in your hand you get a feel of its slim size and light weight weight, which is as thin as our Samsung and weighing in much lighter!

 

Two Powerful Units 

These little pico projectors are made to compliment our “on-the-go” mentality to give us the mobility that we all love to have. We want to take our homes with us without actually taking our homes, maybe just an RV will do, and MHL Technology gives us full a mobile entertainment experience. So with the Samsung as our media powerhouse the Orealo C1 has a speaker and an internal battery built-in that last up 120 mins to give us an immerse mobile entertainment experience. Oh, lets not forget that the 2000 mAH  battery doubles as a traveling charging station for your MicroUSB deivices, which is pretty cool when you’re always on the go. Preparing to Launch into the Galaxy Quick and simple, we have our Samsung Galaxy with MHL Technology and our Orealo C1 MHL Slim Projector that comes with the following accessories:

  • Built-in internal battery that last 120 minutes and can be used as charging station for other devices
  • MHL Adapter
  • HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable
  • 3.5mm A/V Composite Cable
  • D/C Charger
  • Tripod

How to Connect Samsung to MHL Orealo C1

Step 1 – Connect the Mini-HDMI to the MHL Device

Step Two – Connect MHL Adapter to Samsung

MHL Activate! 

…We are impressed! We were pretty skeptical about the video quality coming from a phone but the MHL connection is pretty darn good! The Orealo Projector also does an amazing job for its size at 40 ANSI lumens! There are only a few other “slim” style pico/pocket projectors on the market close to the price, like the Brookstone Pocket Projector Slim with only 25 lumens for $149 or the Genuis Bella Vision BV180 thats rated at only 35 lumens for $189.00. To concluded this little experiment, connecting MHL devices has been a quick and painless procedure that gave us instant video output between the popular Samsung Galaxy and the new Orealo C1 Slim Pico Projector. We were able to instantly project images, videos, and even mess around with our apps. We were able to stream directly from our Hulu+ Plus App and  play DC Comic’s Injustice and FT Games’ Zombie Frontier. I think we’ll be hiding in the closets from our bosses to escape our boredom.

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Why Keystone Correction is a Key for Pico Projectors?

The ability to be mobile in today’s world is becoming more and more of a necessity. Which is the main reason why people buy pico projectors. When a salesman is making a presentation with powerful images and video, it can be the difference between making the sale or not. With pico projectors you have that mobility, but what if the salesman is in a room where space is limited and setting up the projector is can be difficult?

When a problem like this arises, going without the projector shouldn’t even be an option. Today,  pico projectors like the LED Showtime 3D Micro Projector($499) or the Acer K132($499) have what is called Automatic Keystone Correction.

What is Keystone correction?

It gives the user the ability to point the projector from varying angles and without skewing the picture.

For a detailed explanation of Keystone Correction: AboutProjectors.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Full HD mirroring with your new Samsung Galaxy S4 and AAXA Pico Projectors

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Samsung S4 First Look by CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/

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If you’re looking for Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 to define a novel new era of smartphone greatness, it’s time to temper your expectations. The brand-new flagship smartphone, which runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, improves hardware significantly and it piles on the features. Compared with the extremely successful Galaxy S3 that came before, it’s a firm stride forward rather than a giant a leap, but it raises the bar again for Samsung’s competitors. And by super-sizing the screen and packing in so much specialized software, the GS4 sets itself even farther apart from the iPhone.

The Galaxy S4 handset steadily draws from the same design language as the S3, but takes almost every spec to an extreme — the screen is larger (5 inches), the resolution greater (1080p), the battery capacity higher (2,600mAh), the processor faster (1.9GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core), and the rear-facing camera stuffed with more megapixels (13, to be exact). But, once you’ve gone through the features checklist (which also includes lots of internal and external storage space and RAM), it’s the software extras that Samsung continues to lean on to keep its phones one step ahead of the competition….Full article here

AAXA Technologies released their very own MHL Cable last month that will be compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy S4. This cable allows full HD mirroring to any projector letting users display their Samsung phone directly onto a projector or TV.

 

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Micro Projector Round-off: Optoma ML500 vs AAXA LED Showtime 3D

 

We are comparing today the Optoma ML-500 and the AAXA LED Showtime 3D. The ML500 is priced at slightly over $500 (Buy here) while the LED Showtime 3D can be found at under $500 (Buy here). Both projectors are a tad pricey for what is considered pico projectors since most picos are priced under $400. These projectors fall in the range of regular, traditional lamp projectors but stand out in that they are built with LEDs. These projectors will give you a longer shelf life and will save you money in the long run when you have to replace your projector’s lamp bulbs.

Appearance

At a first glance both the ML500 and LED Showtime 3D look fairly the same. However, the ML500 is a little bit larger in size in comparison to the LED Showtime 3D. The ML500 is measured at 8.7” x 1.7” x 6.7” whereas the LED Showtime 3D is measured at 5.9” x 5.2” x 1.4”. Both projectors are designed to be seen as simple projectors which will blend in with your media devices when using it at home.

The Technology

Both projectors use DLP imager technology. The Optoma ML500 is recorded to have 500 lumens while the AAXA LED Showtime 3D is not ranked yet. Both claim to have a light source that last over 20,000 hours which means there will be no change of bulbs needed. Below are images of the ML500 and LED Showtime 3D, respectively. From our review, we found that the ML500 was brighter than the LED Showtime 3D. However, the Showtime 3D made up for its brightness due to its rich color contrast. The Showtime 3D has richer and deeper colors than the ML500 and gives you a better image quality but lacks in brightness and power.

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Advantages and Disadvantages

These two projectors are priced at a range where it falls between small, pico projectors and the traditional lamp projectors. Like pico projectors, the ML500 and LED Showtime 3D uses LEDs rather than a lamp which means there are no need to change out the bulbs every year or so. Both projectors produce a large enough display where you feel as if you were in a home theater. The AAXA LED Showtime is smaller than the ML 500 but it loses its strength in the fact that it is not rated in lumens yet. Through our test, we made sure to make note of this difference but saw no such drawback in the missing lumens rating. Both seemed to be on par with each other in brightness, color, and contrast.

The disadvantages with these two projectors are that they are pricey for a projector with those lumens rating. For the same price, you can purchase a traditional projector with 4x the lumens rating. However, you would be losing out on portability, and lifespan of your projector.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a small projector that is capable of showing rich images and videos on-the-go, you cannot go wrong with either the LED Showtime 3D or the ML 500. Depending on what you need the projector for, the LED Showtime 3D will be great to place in your suitcase or luggage since it takes up the least space. As for the ML500, it would be a great use for it to be placed at home or in a small office since it’s small enough to be space efficient.

Optoma ML500: http://www.optomausa.com/products/detail/ML500

AAXA LED Showtime 3D: http://www.aaxatech.com/products/led_showtime_3d_micro_projector.htm 

 

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New 3D, 1080p Pico Projector revealed by AAXA Tech.

On December 14, 2012, AAXA Technologies unveiled their newest high end pico projector, the LED Showtime 3D. This projector is packed with HD quality resolution (1280×800 DLP) and is the first 3D ready projector by AAXA. Its stylish and sleek design will make the Showtime stand out among its competitors. It is small enough to carry on the go and has the capabilities of a 160 inch cinema experience.

A Big Projector in a Micro Projector Size

The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a full-featured entertainment projector in a micro projector size.  A variety of input sources include HDMI and VGA connections, a Composite Video input cable, and a USB memory stick slot for media playback.  Outputs include a 3.5mm headphone jack and onboard 2 watt speakers.  Processing power is provided by a robust 880mhz ARM chipset  able to render high resolution full-length movies and high megapixel digital pictures.  3D capability is made possible by a “DLP-3D” processor able to display 3D movies, games, and education content (requires 3D glasses and Quad Buffered 3d Graphics card). The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a true miniature powerhouse able to perform like a full sized projector and able to double as a stand-alone entertainment system without the need to connect to a video source or game console.

If you are in the market for a projector that offers HD quality display, the LED Showtime 3D is going to be one of the best ones on the market for the price that it is being offered at which is $499 at aaaxatech.com

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Picking a Projector of the best and bright pico projectors

Pico projectors are the tiniest handheld projectors that are currently out there on the market. Its portability and easiness to use is highly efficient for entertainment and business purposes. Unfortunately, pico projectors aren’t as small as your typical handheld device like an iPhone, it still is considered very small, and won’t even weigh down a briefcase or purse by more than a pound. Some pico projectors even weigh less than half that.

 

Projector/Specs Price Brightness Size Weight Resolution (Native) Battery Power
AAXA P300 $419 300 Lumens 5.9×3.8×1.5inches 1.3 lbs 1280×800 75 min
Acer C120 $229 100 Lumens 4.7×3.2×1 inches 0.5 lbs 854×480 60 min
Optoma PK320 $375 100 Lumens 4.7×1.2×2.7 inches 0.6lbs 854×480 90 min
3M MP220 $450 65 Lumens 6.2×1.3×3.2 inches 0.9lbs 1024×600 120 min

 

Pico projectors have become credible business tools as technology improves, unfortunately they are still not powerful enough to display in large rooms. This shouldn’t be the main entertainment device that you use, but it definitely is a useful tool for constant travelers.

 

At the end of the day, depending what you are looking for, you can definitely make a decision on what fits your needs the best. If you are looking for a brighter projector, you would probably look for the AAXA P300.  If you’re looking for a cheaper model the Acer C120 ould be a better fit. If you are looking for higher quality pico projector, the P300 would be the best fit as well, being the brightest and highest native resolution out there. There are many differences and similarities with each pico projector; you just have to take a look at what fits your needs, and what doesn’t. Below are some pros/cons of each projector.

 

Pros/Cons:

 

AAXA P300:

–          Pros:

  • Brightest pico projector by far
  • Able to connect with USB/VGA/HDMI/Composite AV/SD/Headphones
  • Highest Native Resolution

–          Cons:

  • A bit pricey

Acer C120:

–          Pros:

  • Inexpensive and high brightness

–          Cons:

  • Least versatile out of the group

Optoma PK320:

–          Pros:

  • Really Bright
  • Relatively long battery life
  • Able to connect with USB/VGA/HDMI/Composite AV/SD/Headphones

–          Cons:

  • Expensive for a pico projector

3M MP220:

–          Pros:

  • Highest native resolution
  • Longest battery life

–          Cons

  • Expensive
  • Low brightness

 

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AAXA Technologies launches a new Pico Projector

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AAXA Technologies will release their newest pico projector, called the P300 pico projector. This projector outshines its competitor’s products in many different ways, and can match the quality of 720p HDTV’s. Ask yourself this, would you rather buy a bad low quality 60 inch HDTV for $1000, or a small projector that has more features than a TV at a price half the cost.

 

AAXA P300 Pico Projector Acer k11 Projector Joybee GP2 Mini Projector
Pricing $419 $329.99 $499.99
Brightness 300 Lumens 200 Lumens 200 Lumens
Resolution (Native) 1280 x 800 (WXGA) 858 x 600 (WXGA) 1200×800 (WXGA)
Port Supported USB/HDMI/SD/MP4/Composite AV USB/VGA/HDMI/Composite AV HDMI/USB

 

As you can see the P300 against its top competitors that the video specs are going to be the best out of the three. If you are looking for more of a quality home entertainment system, the P300 pico projector is definitely the one for you.  If you are going for a cheaper product, the Acer K11 projector maybe for you, but you must keep in mind the money you sacrifice, you also are sacrificing home entertainment quality images. This product is something that you really have to look out for, and definitely should check it out!

 

 

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GIC Releases New iPico Pico Projector

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General Imaging Corp (GIC) has just released its new iPico™ pico projector. This little unit, weighing only 3.35 ounces, connects directly to your iOS device to display photos, videos, YouTube content, and movies. The iPico offers qHD resolution (960×540) using FLCoS display technology. The brightness rating is currently unspecified, but release notes have mentioned that the iPico will be able to generate images up to 50” in a dimmed room.

 

 

A bit of an interesting comparison is that this model looks to be a very exact replica of the PoP Pico Projector for iPhones. It seems to take the same styling and body of the PoP with the small exception of color changes.

The iPico will release just in time for the holiday season, and will be priced at $129.99.

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AAXA P4 Pico Projector Drops In Price, Pockets Praise

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It’s not often that we go heads-over-heels over a projector, but the P4 was a great portable pico projector with some strong features but mostly a really solid color and resolution display.

It’s been a couple of months since its release and the P4 has been able to generate some killer reviews. So far the overall reaction has been strong and very favorable in terms of pricing, features, and over all customer satisfaction. It has gone so far from it’s $399.99 street price to $329.99 on Amazon: P4 AAXA Technologies Pico Projector.

The reviews have been good with lots of praise for the 700mhz ARM processor with embedded Windows CE OS and the onboard Media Player functions. Personally our favorite feature was the bright lamp on the product, 80 lumens on the P4 Pico Projector when plugged in, around 55 Lumens (per the website) unplugged. Even unplugged the product really shines so we’re going to go ahead and give everyone a heads up to pick up the product that really shined this year at CES 2012.

Slash Gear thought “Being labeled the “worlds brightest pico projector” gives it some big shoes to fill — and it didn’t disappoint.” which we can only agree with. The technology for these kinds of products is advancing at a very rapid pace, it’s surprising to see the progression of technology in all these products. Impressive is the very least we can say, and with the price drop we can’t see any reason not to endorse the product to the people who come to this blog looking for information, reviews, and opinions on product purchases.

Best Pico Projector of 2011?? “We figured that more advanced pico projectors were coming, but the P4 from Aaxa Technologies caught us by surprise.” Pico Pros might agree with us when we say so.