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Celluon Releases PicoPro Laser Pico Projector

We spoke about how laser projectors may be making a comeback in our last post, this time, we have actual evidence of it!

Celluon is releasing their PicoPro, a small ultraportable projector that incorporates laser projection to provide an infinite focus image that is very vibrant in it’s colors.  The unit is roughly 1″ thick, gives you an HD resolution of 1280×720, and 2-3 hours of battery.

The contrast ratio is what really perks our ears up, 80,000:1, a traditional LED projector is in the neighborhood of 1000-2000:1, so this is a dramatic improvement for sure.

Pricing isn’t announced quite yet but is expected within the first half of the year.

For more information on the PicoPro, visit http://celluon.com/products_picopro_overview.php

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Pixelworks Enters Agreement to License the VueMagic Mobile Presenter to BenQ

BenQ

BenQ has long been known for good quality projectors at slightly higher prices, this will hopefully change with the news that BenQ will now have access to Pixelwork’s VueMagic for their systems.  VueMagic is a display technology that brings enhanced functionality like wireless and streaming to any device.  This is something that has long been sought after by many companies, the idea of putting a portable projector into your bag and being able to stream wirelessly to it, no need for cables.

Features like these will definitely add value to the projectors, which should increase sales across the board for BenQ.  If other companies follow suit, who knows where the features will be in 2-3 years.

“We are excited to announce our expanded partnership with BenQ, a leader in the projection display market, as well as their licensing of VueMagic Mobile Presenter as the basis for QPresenter Pro,” said Graham Loveridge, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Pixelworks. “The cooperation between BenQ and Pixelworks is targeted at enhancing the projected viewing experience while also improving meeting collaboration and mobile flexibility.”

Does anyone else still use a BenQ Pocket Projector?  We are always looking for new models but BenQ has been making them slower and slower these days, hopefully we get some good stuff as a result of this deal!

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Epson EX3220 vs AAXA P450, we reviewed a venerable full-sized Epson projector and compared it with a LED pico projector, the results are suprising.

The dominant technology in business and education projectors has been the Epson 3LCD class of projectors.  These projectors provide a great balance of brightness, resolution, and value to most professional users.  A new comer to the projection arena has been the LED Pico and micro projectors.  When these projectors first started out they were extremely poor products – no better than toys at 10 lumens and 320×230 resolution.  Today the micro projector has matured to become a serious contender in the business and education projector market.  But how far has it truly come?  We compared an Epson 3LCD projector (the EX3220) with a new comer, the AAXA technologies P450 micro projector,  The EX3220 coming in at 3000 lumens is definitely going to be a lot brighter than the 450 the P450 has to offer however we’re excited to see how these projectors will stand against each other considering the massive size difference..

P450 Epson size final reduced

 

 

Back view size comparison reduced

 

The first thing you notice about the AAXA projector is that it is small.  It’s actually something that you can carry in your purse, briefcase, or even in your pocket (no skinny jeans!)  Whereas the Epson 3LCD projectors are something you still need a dedicated backpack for.

 

The main difference between the new Pico projectors and the traditional projectors such as the Epson, Optima, Acer, or Benq projectors of the past is that the new Pico projectors use an LED light source instead of the traditional UHP light source.  What this means is that the LED projectors can turn on instantly, and can turn off instantly.  No more warm-up and cool down times.  Another important benefit of the LED light source is the lifespan which typically last anywhere from 15,000 hours to 20,000 hours.  This basically means you could run it for 4 hours a day for about 14 years, long after the projector is obsolete.

 

Of course the size aside, picture quality and picture usability is important.  Traditionally micro projectors have produced unusable images due to the lack of brightness.  Today we are testing just how good 450 lumens is compared to Epson’s 3LCD projectors.

 

As you can see, our results were surprising.  Naturally the 3000 Lumen Epson projector dominated the AAXA projector in terms of brightness.  However this doesn’t tell the full story.  The AAXA p450 actually had a usable image in a bright room – a huge improvement over the first generation Pico projectors.  Interesting enough the in dark areas of the p450 really shined, the brightness differences was LESS noticeable and both were able to deliver a fairly large sized image (about 100”) in a dark room.  However the differences were very apparent the larger the picture size.  At about 150” the P450 started to look a bit faded whereas the Epson EX3220 still had a fairly bright image.

 

We then took the P450 and did a few medium and dark area shots.  Definitely usable.

 

In conclusion the Epson EX3220 does what we expect it to – a great value projector that isn’t lacking in brightness, you can find it for purchase here: http://www.staples.com/Epson-EX3220-SVGA-3LCD-3000-lumens-projector/product_220803.  But we were pleasantly surprised by the AAXA P450.  In a David versus Goliath battle it “held its own” against the much brighter and larger Epson EX3220 and was reasonably usable in both bright areas and great in dark areas.  In short if you’re tired of carrying a large projector and don’t need to present to a large group of people definitely consider the AAXA P450, which can be purchased here: http://www.staples.com/AAXA-Technologies-P450-Ultra-Bright-HD-Pocket-DLP-Pico-Projector-WXGA/product_IM1VQ9007.  If you need brightness and have a big audience Epson has a full line of great projectors purchasable: http://www.staples.com/epson/directory_epson?fids=142883&rpp=18&pn=1&sr=true.

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TouchJet Debut Their TouchPico Projector

 

TouchJet gave everyone a first look at their new TouchPico Projector at CES 2014.  It is a Android based projector allowing full independent functionality. It gives the portability of a tablet and the functions to match with an included stylus pen that is fully interactive with the pico projector.

Singapore-based company Touchjet unveiled a new $500 projector and sensor at CES 2014 called TouchPico. This all-in-one portable gizmo can download apps from Google Play and project them on a wall or other flat surface using infrared tech. Basically, it takes an app from the confines of a smaller screen to a 60-inch space on an obliging wall or table.

[www.cnet.com]

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

Orealo C1 MHL Pico Projector Samsung s4

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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Fingerink by Fugitsu Makes Touchscreen with Cameras and Pico Projectors

The digital age is here and new technology by Fujitsu debut its new Fingerlink Interaction System. This technology puts together a camera and projector and will turn any surface into a digital touchscreen. The pen and paper may soon become historical artifacts as pico projectors are playing a bigger part in many different aspects of our lives.

 

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Pico Projectors Going Towards Brighter Future – New TI DLP Technology Introduced at CES 2013

TI launches DLP pico projector chipset based on its Tilt & Roll architecture

The Texas based company TI introduces an advanced DLP chipset that can potentially take mini LED projectors one big step towards a brighter future! The new Tilt & Roll Pixel Technology is capable of producing twice the brightness and resolution while only consuming half of the power. This was introduced at CES 2013, and is sure going to create a new generation of pocket projectors to match all the new generation of iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and HTC One max that is coming out. To read the full story please visit complete coverage at Engadget.

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Best Projector for the Classroom

Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class

There are many choices when it comes to projectors for the classroom, full size ones, portable ones, or even new “Pico” projectors.  What you need will vary depending on how you intend to use your projector.   There are many different factors that play into what projector you should use in your classroom.  One factor would be portability, useful for taking the projector around to multiple rooms so it is not stuck in one particular class.  Inputs are also important, you want to be able to present off of anything, and if you have more inputs, there are more options for how you present.  Brightness is probably one of the most important, brightness is key in making sure even the kids at the back of the class see what you’re showing.

Some of the competitors in this space are the Acer C120, the Optoma PK320, and the AAXA P4-X.  Each has their own benefits and drawbacks; some are brighter than others, while some offer better inputs.

Portability is one of the biggest points of any pico projector, and it matters especially if you will be taking the projector around to multiple classrooms, sharing it between teachers, but that portability shouldn’t mean it’s underpowered.

The Acer C120 is the smallest of the bunch, but it gives some crucial tradeoffs to get that title, the case seems flimsy and cheaply made, and the focus wheel never seemed to get the picture 100% in focus.  The AAXA P4-X is slightly heavier than a few others but gives a much sturdier case construction, and an included tripod, great for propping up the projector when giving a class demonstration.  The Optoma on the other hand is very small, and has a shiny black case, which looks good but grabs fingerprints!  The 3M MP220 is the heaviest of the bunch, weighing almost twice that of some other models, which puts it a step down in the portability category.

Inputs are a vital part to any projector, being able to plug in any device to a projector is very handy, especially with the number of devices people are carrying with them nowadays.  The C120 definitely takes a hit in this department, offering only USB connectivity to a PC.  The AAXA P4-X has a variety of inputs, everything from Mini-HDMI, VGA, and AV connections, offering teachers and students multiple ways to plug in devices.  The Optoma includes everything the AAXA P4-X includes except for VGA, missing a crucial connection that teachers might use to connect a PC to the projector.  The 3M MP220 has a combined VGA/RCA/Apple plug, but no HDMI, losing access to plug in a BluRay player, or other high definition sources.

The last, and arguably most important part of a projector for a classroom is brightness, being able to see the screen from across the room is vital to learning and keeping kids engrossed.  The Acer C120, the AAXA P4-X, and the Optoma KP320 all have brightness ratings of around 100 Lumens, which is a good brightness for an average room environment.  The 3M MP220 only has a brightness rating of 65 Lumens while on battery power, we were not given a rating for it when it is plugged into AC Power.

Overall, these are all good projectors for a classroom environment, but in our opinion, the AAXA P4-X is the best all around, providing great variety of inputs, good brightness, and portable enough to carry around from classroom to classroom.

Links:

3M MP220: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2379831&CatId=23

Acer C120: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7757866&CatId=4298

AAXA P4-X: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2323101&CatId=1755

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The 9 Best Pico Projectors and How to Choose Them [Guide]

We love portable gadgets! Nowadays, pretty much every electronic gadget that used to be in one room in the past can now  fit in the palm of your hand and they also offer far superior quality than what we were used to. Some gadgets have only now started this road to minimization, and they’ve come a long way.

The video projector is one gadget that really impressed. Most modern day projectors are pretty big and hard to carry. This is due to their technology, but they are also pretty powerful. Nonetheless, a new breed of projectors has made its appearance and it’s rapidly evolving. We are talking, of course, about the Pico Projectors.

Rank:

1. Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector Projector

 

 

2. 3M Mobile Projector MP220

 

3. Optoma PK320 Pico Pocket Projector

4. Joybee GP2 iPhone/iPod/iPad Projector

 

5. AAXA P4 P4X Pico Projector

 

6. Optoma PK301plus

7. Acer C110 Portable WVGA Pocket Pico Projector

8. FAVI E3-LED-PICO DLP HD Pocket Projector

9. Aiptek Pocket Cinema V50 – Pico Projector

 

In my opinion from this list, the Brookstone HDMI and AAXA P4-x will be the best buys here. Brookstone HDMI is a well known pocket projector that is marketed heavily in every Brookstone store. It is reliable and very usable. On the other hand, AAXA P4-x is bright and very affordable. The P4-x is the best bang for your buck projector. It is equipped with a built in MP4 player which lets you play movies directly from a SD or USB stick.

We have seen in the past few years how fast the pico industry has been moving and this growth can be seen in these projectors.

Full Article Found Here: http://techpp.com/2013/03/29/best-pico-projectors/

 

 

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Smart Pico Projector with Android

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PhoneSuit Lightplay Pico Projector. One of the first Android base projectors on the market. Comes with a built in Android OS system the projector displays a full like Android screen on any surface. The idea is great as you can easily stream apps from the projector onto a large screen size on your wall. This way you can avoid using your laptop. Find more information on the PhoneSuit Lightplay Pico Projector here at http://www.phonesuit.com/phonesuit-lightplay-android-mobile-video-projector