Friday, June 27, 2014

What Is The Next Logical Step For Projectors?

Lets talk for a minute about something that I've really been wondering about lately. I'm a fan of new and emerging technology just like everyone else is. I love the newest tablets and smartphones just like everyone else. One of the technologies that I see trying to push the limits are projectors. There is literally so much that you can do with them nowadays. The technology is becoming more and more advanced at a pretty alarming rate it seems. We've seen a lot happen in the past year or so alone. It just makes me wonder, where is it going to go from here?

I've seen a lot of new technology surfacing for projectors. Whether it be portable, holographic, or interactive, there is no shortage of new features being developed for our projectors these days.

The portability of these projectors is something that has always interested me. The fact that we are such a constantly moving society really makes this a very reasonable step to make with projectors. We are always on the go, and it seems like there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. Why do you think more and more types of technology have been becoming more mobile? To adapt to the speedy society we live in today! Our cars are fast. Our food is fast. Our technology is fast. Unless projectors plan to get left in the dust, being portable is something that is a must for this type of tech. That's why when I see projectors attached to phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2, it gives me a bit of hope. The only thing with these projector-infused smartphones, is that they need to make sure that the projector itself isn't going to be some novelty feature and that it is focused on and developed properly.

Holograms are some of the other things that are just downright cool to look at. We're still far from the days of Star Wars technology, but we've already seen some holographic projection at events like Coachella. The closest thing we can get to right now for consumers, however, are projectors that allow you to see in 3D without the need for the glasses. While it may seem like we are backpedaling when it comes to this, there is something to consider; price. It takes thousands of dollars just to MAKE a holographic projector, therefore, the mark up price would make it basically impossible for a mass consumer market. It is really good idea, and I'm all for playing video games via holograms. The developers for this type of technology only need to continue to developing it in order to make it affordable for consumers. The good thing is that we're not far from this technology.

Interactive projectors are a bit more... impractical in my opinion. That is, at least, for the moment. There seems to be just too much that could go wrong with it in my opinion. The projector, cameras, and sensors, would have to go through constant recalibration, I feel. The idea itself is good for presentations. Make an interactive projector that can spruce up a business meeting and make it a bit more lively. That's completely fine. For use in a consumer mass market? I don't see it happening right now. Only reason being because of the limitations of the current technology we are using. Microsoft's Project Ripple has a good idea of where I feel interactive projectors should go. Couple that with holographic technology and you are basically in Iron Man's lab. Add in portability on top of the other two and you may as well be in the movie Tron.

All of these ideas and technologies sound promising. The only thing to really decide is what sounds MORE promising right now? The next step will be crucial in how projector sales continue. Yes, businesses will always need projectors, and that's fine. The real money lies within the mass consumer market though. In my personal opinion, I feel that portability should be the biggest concern for projector developers right now, simply because that seems to be the big trend right now. It's better to adapt now, and increase sales, than wait and deal with the consequences. Portable and Pico Projectors FTW.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Epson's MegaPlex MG-50 3LCD Projector Is A Perfect Entry Level Solution

Usually when people talk about projectors it's all about the high-end models. Normally people are all about the next big thing in projector technology that is capable of turning their home entertainment center into something truly special. As a result, low-end devices are put by the wayside. I find this fact a little sad, especially considering that there are some truly remarkable low-end projectors out there that are perfect for what they are designed for. A compact, inexpensive and portable projector can sometime be the perfect solution for anytime/anywhere projecting.

Enter the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 3LCD projector. Epson was offering refurbished versions of this device, which brand new runs for $699.99, for a staggering $239 shipped. That is an incredible deal under any circumstances but gets even better when you realize what the MegaPlex MG-50 3LCD has to offer.

The MegaPlex MG-50 3LCD projector from Epson is a self-contained home theater projector that comes equipped with loud, built-in speakers, a convenient carrying handle for easy portability and a dock that is compatible with 30-pin Apple devices, allowing you to connect an iPod, iPhone or other Apple product.

By connecting one of the compatible Apple devices you have the ability to project any videos or movies you have purchased from iTunes. In addition to that, you can also project movies from Netflix and YouTube, though other video streaming services, like Hulu Plus, HBO Go and others do not work as they unfortunately do not support this type of video output. On the plus side this projector does come with VGA and HDMI inputs which allows you to connect literally any type of external device, including DVD players, Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, PCs, laptops, etc...

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Regardless of what you connect to the MegaPlex MG-50 3LCD you are guaranteed to get 2,200 lumens of brightness thanks to the projector's 3LCD engine. Although while this output is pretty good there is one downside and that is the resolution of the projector. The MegaPlex maxes out at only 960 x 540 pixels, which is just under high definition. While this resolution is pretty good for casual movie watching it probably won't do the trick for avid movie aficionados.

However, if you are looking for a solid, portable projector for an astounding deal then you can't go wrong with this refurbished deal from Epson. Discounts like this don't come around every day so it's essential that you strike while the iron is hot and snag one of these while you have the chance. Like I said, most people are preoccupied with the high-end spectrum of the projector market but it can definitely benefit you to look into the low-end every now and then.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Are Pico Projectors The Best Way To Go For Your Next Projector Choice?

We live in a world where technology and science are constantly changing around us. We are more mobile as a society and, day by day, we are becoming more advanced and efficient in the way we conduct business. We are always looking for new ways to make ourselves a bit more mobile and efficient though. When you go into a business meeting, one of the main focal points may be the images coming from a projector. Projectors are becoming more and more advanced. You can store images and video files directly to these machines and play them right there at the meeting. Whether being used for business or entertainment, projectors are becoming more computer-like as the days go by. As often as we are all on the go, the thought of mobility comes to mind. You can't just take your company's projector home if you want to load something onto it. This is where the pico projector comes in.

I feel that, eventually, pico projectors are going to be the kings of the projector world. Now mind you, my thought process and opinion are not without reasoning. Think about this for a second. Originally we had landlines or "home phones". Now, I'd be surprised if anyone reading this still has an operating home phone that they legitimately use. The cellphone/smartphone has taken its place. It's more mobile. Desktops and laptops used to be the only way to surf the web, listen to music, send emails, and more. Then came the tablet. Virtually every consumer tech company out there is coming out with, or has come out with, their own tablet. Laptops gave us the sense of mobility that the PC didn't. Then came the tablet, which made us even more mobile. PC's are almost obsolete.

The point I'm trying to make here is that we are a society driven by efficiency and mobility. The pivotal changes in technology show the future of what's to come. The cell phone took over the landline. The laptop took over the PC. The laptop is, slowly, being overcome by the tablet. It seems only obvious to me that the pico projector will eventually overcome the standard business projectors we use today.

As businessmen and women, we are always on the go. We're always looking for a way to make our company more successful with less effort and more efficiency. The fact that pico projectors are completely mobile, rechargeable, and can have images and video files stored directly onto them (like their larger, more stationary counterparts) could make more of an impact than we realize.

With the mobility of the pico projector, we are allowing ourselves to always have a backup projector should the meeting room's projector not work. We're allowing ourselves to have our entire presentation in the palm of our hands. We are able to show our presentation whereever we would like. We can store all of our necessary information directly to the device, without having to worry about the flash drive we may have left at home.

Technology is quickly moving along with the needs of a more mobile society. I feel it's only a matter of time before the pico projector takes over in the realm of projectors. You might as well start using them now to put yourself a bit ahead of the crowd.

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New Projectors From Hitachi Designed To Work In Bright Environments

We've all used projectors before, or at least been in a situation where we were watching something on a projector screen.  And we know that almost every single situation that calls for a projector also calls for the lights in the room to be turned down or off and for any other external light sources, like sunlight through a window, to be blocked as well. This is primarily due to the fact that projectors aren't quite the same as televisions or computer monitors. They are not bright enough to deliver the same picture quality that other screens can, so other lights need to be eliminated for full picture quality and brightness. However, Hitachi is set to change all of this as the company recently announced that it has developed projector technology that makes video display clearly in brightly lit rooms.

The processing hardware that Hitachi is using is just under 2 square centimeters, which means that the technology itself is capable of enhancing video in everything from security cameras and vehicle camera systems to pocket projectors and home theater projectors. What this technology does is improve the visibility of the projected images without using more light. In addition to that, this technology will also be incorporated into projectors that Hitachi will be launching in the United States and Europe this spring.

Hitachi's approach is focusing more on video processing, which means that instead of processing the entire image as a whole, it analyzes individual characteristics and enhances whatever is necessary. According to Spokesman at Hitachi's Research and Development Headquarters Masayuki Yoshida, "Most manufacturers simply increase the power source for the light projection to improve visibility. Hitachi's technology does not change the power of the light, but it won't make dark regions of an image completely black or lighter regions washed out."

Researchers at Hitachi have developed an algorithm that is based on a model of how the human eye and brain perceive colors and light. This algorithm, known as the Retinex Theory, processes brightness, resolution and color composition while making individual adjustments for each of these factors. As a result, projectors see the enhancement of dark areas in a video without affecting brighter ones, while object outlines are better defined so they appear more distinct. What's more is that the researchers at Hitachi have also optimized the algorithm's processing sequence, allowing it to be efficient enough for commercial applications. Hitachi also developed compact logic circuits that are capable of performing real-time processing at 60 frames per second (fps) for still images and 1920x1200 pixel high-resolution video.

Hitachi Maxwell plans on releasing a total of seven projector models in the United States and Europe, all of which contain the enhancement technology. Hitachi made note to report that all seven of the projectors will feature lumen ratings of 2,700 to 3,600 and will also come with two HDMI digital inputs, allowing you to connect a variety of devices to them. "In recent years, the performance of various display devices has been improved, but it is not sufficient in comparison with the dynamic range of the human eye yet," said another Spokesman for Hitachi, Tomoko Sato. Soto added, "Therefore, visibility enhancement by image compensation has been very desirable. In order to support such needs, Hitachi has developed this technology."

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Are LED Based Projectors Going To Become The New Trend?

The LG PG85U Projector is about to hit the market, and it might be a sign of what the future may hold for projectors.

The LG PG85U is completely LED-based and has a 30,000 hour lifespan. Most pressure lamps found in normal projectors are intended to last between 2,000 and 4,000 hours and can be quite costly. With the cost of pressure lamps and the fact that they slowly degrade throughout their life, making the picture dimmer all the time and the picture less appealing, you can understand why one would be excited about an LED-based projector. All you have to do is hook it up, never worry about it again, and know that your picture quality isn't degrading every single time you use it.

There are a few problems with the idea of an LED-based projector though. Yes, they do last longer, a LOT longer. But, pressure lamps are still much brighter than any LED light on the market today. For some people, this may not be that much of an issue. If you are typically viewing your projector screen in a dimly lit or dark room, it may not be a very big deal. For everyday life, and for those using it in a not-so-dimly lit room, this could become an issue. You may run into problems when factoring in screen size as well. Pressure lamps will naturally be able to supply you with a larger screen while still retaining good picture quality. An LED-based projector would probably have a hard time doing that.

With all that being said, LED lights are getting better all the time. The LED lights on the market today are much brighter than they have ever been, even just a few years ago. When this projector becomes officially available to the public, it might completely blow us away. Only time will tell. Either way, I think that LED projectors are a great idea with lots of potential. LED's could be the way that the industry goes, and we may see a lot more projectors like this.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Casio Debuts New XJ-UT301WN LampFree Short Throw Projector For Education

Casio recently unveiled a new projector aimed at the education market. In the projector industry short-throw projectors are the standard for use in education. This new projector is known as the XJ-UT301WN and is billed, according to Casio, as the world's brightest LampFree Ultra Short Throw projector. The XJ-UT301WN comes with a native resolution of 1200x800 and a native aspect ratio of 16:10.

In addition to that, the projector also has a contrast ratio of 1800:1 and is capable of producing an image of 50" to 110". According to Casio, an 87" image can be projected from a distance of 21.5" from the screen while a 77" image can be displayed from 18.8" away. The XJ-UT301WN also has support for 16.77 million colors and there is also a built-in mini D-Sub, HDMI and Composite for video connectivity. There is a WiFi option that is also available.

Like I mentioned earlier, the XJ-UT301WN is a lamp-free projector, utilizing Casio's LampFree technology. This means it is able to eliminate a very annoying issue that every projector has...short lamp life. Most lamps for projectors do not last long and they are pretty expensive to replace. Casio's LampFree technology uses a combination of a laser, florescent element and LED light to create a hybrid light source. This light source is good. This light source is good for up to 20,000 hours and is capable of a 3,100 lumen output.

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Casio has fitted the XJ-UT301WN with 2GB of integrated memory which allows for file format storage internally. This means that you don't need an external computer to store files. In addition to that, Casio has also developed a mobile app for both iOS and Android that allows the user to annotate presentations from the mobile device as well as capture and save. What's more is that the app also allows the user to display a web browser in real time.

Casio expects the XJ-UT301WN projector to ship sometime in Q3 of this year for a retail price of $1,999.99.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dell Offers New Interactive Laptop, Projector And Mobile Cart Combo Aimed At Education

Dell recently launched an all new laptop line specifically built for use in the school systems. This new series, known as the Latitude 13 Education Series, was also unveiled next to an all new multitouch-enabled interactive projector and a new mobile cart.

The projector is known as the Dell Interactive Projector- S520 and offers a wireless display along with multitouch interaction. This allows for multiple users to share and collaborate simultaneously and since Dell has stated that as many as 10 different users can use the device at one time, it makes it perfect for a classroom setting.

An included whiteboard allows users to draw or annotate with their fingers, a stylus or a dry-erase marker, giving you a variety of interaction methods. In addition to that, the device also supports Intel WiDi with Miracast for wireless display through Windows, Android and iOS devices while standard 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi is also supported.

Other features included on this device are:
  • Single-chip, 0.65-inc DLP
  • Native 1,280 x 800 WXGA resolution
  • 3,100 lumen output
  • Native 2,200:1 contrast ratio
  • 0.35 throw ratio with screen sizes up to 100" diagonally from less than 3ft
  • 2GB internal flash memory for file storage
Inputs include HDMI, dual RGB, USB-B, S-Video, composite video and microphone for audio. As far as outputs are concerned you're looking at RGB and audio jacks for both Stereo and Mono. In addition to all that there are networking and control ports in the form of LAN (RJ-45) dual-USB-B, USB-A, and RS-232 along with the wireless connectivity.

The Latitude Education 13 Series of laptops come with 13.3" screens with optional touchscreens that feature Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. The screens open up in 180 degrees, which is supposed to reduce stress on the hinges should students use the laptops in unconventional configurations.

The mobile cart can house up to 30 laptops for charging and also supports secure storage, updating and transportation. There are also features for heat management and power management along with a Dell PowerConnect 3548 48-port managed Ethernet switch with cabling.

Classrooms and schools will definitely benefit from this bundle from Dell, especially schools that are trying to utilize more and more technology in the classroom. The overall price is $3,999 with a release date aimed at mid-May. Upgrading previous models will run around $799.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What You Need To Know About Resolution Before Renting Or Buying A Projector

Last year there were a lot of resolution advancements, and along with it came major price changes in the projector world. Entry level projectors are now starting from as low as $300, but now the 1080p models have dropped in price tremendously as well. You can pick one up for well under $2000.

The lowest end projectors today will have a resolution of about 800 x 600, and can be bought for next to nothing. But these projectors aren't really good for a whole lot, and their pictures aren't even close to satisfying. These projectors account for a very small amount of sales, and are generally the ones you see used in elementary schools. Every current computer now has at least XGA resolution, and so are most tablets on the market like the iPad and most of the Android models. So if you are looking for crisp image reproduction, especially with small text and graphics, you need to make sure that your projector at least has XGA resolution or higher.

If you are looking for a projector for your business, you would benefit greatly from getting at least an entry level XGA resolution model or a widescreen WXGA model projector. This is the bare minimum that you should be using in order to deliver a professional presentation. If your budget allows, you could however step up to an SVGA projector with a higher brightness, or one of the many affordable 1080p models that are currently available.

For short term use for special projects, spending this type of money isn't really a great option. Instead of investing money in an outdated model that is going to deliver poor results, you can always consider a projector rental. Projector rentals are very affordable, and the staff will be able to answer any questions that you may have and be able to help you choose a model that will deliver the results you are looking for in order to make your presentation perfect in your specific setting. Even if you don't understand the details of projector technology, buying or renting from someone who knows what they are talking about can benefit you a great deal more than jumping blindly into an expensive investment.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mobile Phone, Mobile Computer, Mobile... Projector?

It is always cool to see how "mobile" our devices can really become. We have mobile phones and mobile computers. They all come in different shapes and sizes, naturally. Seeing them come to life is almost like second nature now. To have a new device on the market that isn't mobile is almost not even worth it anymore. There are some devices, though, that we may not think could ever become truly "mobile". Many of the devices could be seen as impractical if they were actually made for on-the-go purposes. The thought of projectors, for example, could be seen as impractical at first thought. But, by showing off all of the capabilities and uses it could serve, something that could once be thought of as impractical, has now become practical and really cool!

So mobile projectors. You may have quite a few ideas of what they could be or how they could work. Well lets look at what Android has been cooking up.

The Keecker could be the next gadget you add to your "mobile" collection. Think for a minute of what a projector is used for. It's quite obvious; to display images on a much larger scale than any TV could, all while still keeping a clear and high resolution picture. It's the same concept as when you go to the movies, but now add the ability to control it with your phone and give it the capability to follow you around. Caught your attention a bit more didn't it.

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Yes, the new Keecker is a mobile Android-powered projector robot. Since it is smartphone controlled, you know you will never lose the remote. That is, unless you a prone to misplacing your phone. It is Android based and comes standard with Google Play access. The Google Play access means that you will be able to stream for any apps already built into Google Play. Apps such as Netflix and Youtube already come built into the machine. The built in speaker is quite the nice feature as well. Now, not only do you have the ability to watch TV on any wall of your choice, but you have a much more mobile boombox as well should you want to use it as a music player.

Even though it is mobile, the 1,280x800 resolution isn't that crazy. The 1,000-lumen count light does mean that it will be bright enough for you to enjoy it with the lights on though. And, yes, it does sound like the projector version of a roomba, but it is actually quite bigger than that. With the Keecker standing at 16 inches wide and 25 inches tall, it is not exactly an out-of-the way device. It is still mobile, just a bit bigger than you may be used to. With that being said, it could still be a worthy investment should you want it just for the mobility and the apps. The price tag of around $4,000 to $5,000 is quite a bit to ask for though, considering the limited resolution rate. Either way, don't expect to see this available anytime soon as it won't be out till Q4 of this year.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Epson 5020UBe Offers Quality Beyond It's Price Range


Without a doubt, Epson is one of the best projector manufacturers today. They offer a ton of products for entry level home theater systems. The Home Cinema 5020UBe is one of the higher end models that they offer right now. It is a THX certified 3LCD projector with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 2400 lumens rated light output. It has an integrated 3D transmitter and comes with two pairs of rechargeable RF 3D glasses. The "UB" in the name stands for UltraBack. This signifies better black-level performance and better contrast than most lower end models. The "e" means that the projector has a build in WirelessHD receiver. That allows you to send HDMI signals wirelessly.

The 5020UBe is 18.4 x 15.6 x 5.5 inches and weighs 18 pounds. The square cabinet has rounded edges and a nice black/white brushed finish. The center mounted lens uses a 230 watt E-TORL lamp, which has a life of up to 5,000 hours. There are focus dial on the top and a 2.1x zoom, and there are also controls for vertical and horizontal lens shifting, just like Epson's higher end models.

On the back panel, you have two HDMI inputs, a component video, a composite video, and a PC RGB input. There is also a trigger output and a RS-232 port. The WirelessHD transmitter has five HDMI inputs and an HDMI output. There is also an optical digital audio output in case your pre amp doesn't have an HDMI input.

The 5020UBe comes with pretty much any picture adjustment you would need. It has five 2D picture modes and three 3D picture modes. You also have options for color temperature, RGB offset and gain controls, skintone controls, a color management system, five gamma presets, and advanced sharpness controls. The projector has a refresh rate of 240Hz in 2D mode and 480Hz in 3D mode. There are different frame-interpolation modes to reduce blur.

One of the best things about this projector is how bright it is. It is bright enough that you could actually watch it in a room with your lights on and still be able to watch HD content. The brightness also makes for a really good 3D experience.

Overall, this is a wonderful projector, especially for the price. You get all of the same functions as Epson's higher end models, and the brightness of a more high end model as well.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

New Projectors Allow For 2x3D Viewing

Projectors seem to be getting more and more advanced as the days go by. With more advancements in overall resolution output and color contrast, we see many of the new products bleeding together. Not many of the new projectors offer anything different from each other, other than a brand name and subtle spec differences. 3D projectors offer the 3D experience that we've come to know and love. 2D allows for higher resolution rates and is the standard in the home theater system. What if there were a projector, or projectors, that could make 2D and 3D possible at the same time?

Researchers from the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan have now made this possible.

Through using a pair of projectors working in tandem with one another, a "2x3D" image is displayed. This basically means that the image displayed can be viewed in both 2D and 3D simultaneously. There are specifications that will need to be met to view the 3D and 2D images on the same "screen though.

The projectors have the two separate images run through a specialized GPU in real-time. The GPU uses a series of advanced algorithms that allow both images to be displayed without having the "double" image that is accompanied with typical 3D imaging. This paired up with color mixing techniques also produced from the projectors' GPU, the 3D image will appear "invisible" unless viewed through polarized lenses.

This type of "screen sharing" is actually reminiscent of a 3D TV monitor from Sony's Playstation that allowed two players to play on the same full sized screen without seeing what the 2nd player would see. Through the TV's "SimulView", the monitor was able to perform the same basic principles as the Japanese projectors.

The one downside of the imaging is that the 2D image is half the contrast of the 3D image . But there could be prime uses for this product such as having two separate images being displayed at the same time without any screen overlay. Displaying in different languages for business meetings, or two separate graphs without overlap.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

New 4K HD Projectors From Sony Starting At $15,000


Whether it be for a home theater, or your business office's conference room, a top of the line projector can really make a difference in quality and size. Sony has already released their line of 4K TV's already in production, along with a respectively sized price tag. The projector's by Sony have already seen consumer production in SD, HD, and even 3D models, but have now decided to step up their game. 4K HD projector models from Sony are now in production.

A little over a month ago at CEDIA 2013, Sony came with a new line of projectors; the new SXRD projectors to be exact. Their new line featured two different 4K models and one 1080p HD model.

Now if your business or home theater system needs the top of the line in projector imaging, both 4K models, the VPL-VW1100ES and the cheaper VPL-VW600ES will both offer you a 4,096 x 2,160 pixel count. Since both are offering the same pixel count, what would constitute the price difference? The only notable differences between the 1100ES and the 600ES is that the 600ES will be featured with lower contrast and brightness levels in a tinier frame. The price difference between the two is quite a huge jump though. The VPL-VW1100ES will put you back a pretty $28,000 while the VPL-VW600ES (with the exact same pixel count) will only run you about half the price at $15,000. If you or your company need the prettiest picture with the highest brightness and contrast, be ready to drop twice as much for that luxury.

If both of the models are a bit rich for your blood, the VPL-HW55ES is the newest edition to the 1080p projector line from Sony. The 55ES is now available for commercial sales with a better cooling system to help with the longevity of the lamp and "increased optical efficiency". The greatly decreased price tag of $4,000 should also be a good incentive to pick this up, especially if you or the office aren't quite ready for 4K displays.

After seeing how the prices for the 4K TV's have slowly decreased, it can only be assumed that the projectors too will start to come down in price in the same rough time frame. Most companies could greatly benefit from the two 4K projectors, especially for larger conference rooms or even large scale events where an increased pixel count could really help with the visual display. The 1080p model seems more suited for smaller businesses or home theaters and could make a great gift this holiday season to really help complete that top of the line home entertainment system in the man cave.

The VPL-HW55ES is available now. Both 4K models, the VPL-VW1100ES and the VPL-VW600ES, will be available later this month for consumers.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Mobile iPower Sight Projector from iPowerUp

According to manufacturer iPowerUp, the iPower Sight is a small box projector that is capable of producing images from your smartphone, tablet or computer in sizes of up to 200" diagonally, which is saying a lot for a device that can fit in your pocket.

The projector itself is indeed small, measuring 4 x 4 3/4" and weighing a little over 3 ounces. Even though these measures aren't exactly "pocket-sized", it is still pretty small for a projector and is definitely mobile. Like I mentioned earlier, this projector is capable of producing images of up to 200" diagonally, though you really only want to utilize this feature if you are in a completely dark room and only if you are using an actual projector screen instead of a wall or flat surface.

For quick use in average conditions, a 50" image from the iPower Sight on a white wall is completely adequate. Actually, when you consider the size of the projector, you come to realize that the picture quality is pretty impressive as the projector uses a DLP chip covered in tiny mirrors that reflect LED light onto the screen.

This projector's lamp is capable of producing 85 lumens of brightness, which is better than almost every projector of this size, and is capable of producing images with a resolution of 845 by 480, qualifying it as a high-definition projector. Unlike most projectors that require a power outlet in order to function, the Sight is capable of running on battery power, though it only lasts for about two hours.

There are on-board speakers for sound output anywhere, anytime, though connecting to a speaker dock or another set of external speakers is a good idea if you want the best sound quality possible, especially if you will be using this projector frequently for video watching.

If you want something that is highly mobile and capable of producing a pretty good image from your smartphone, tablet or computer then iPower's Sight projector is a good find. At a price of $350, this isn't a bad deal if you are looking to take this projector on the road with you or if you want to put something in your child's bedroom in lieu of a television.

Source: The New York Times - A Big Picture From a Small Projector

Monday, December 17, 2012

Student Performance Increased by 3D Projectors

Some people think that 3D projectors are simply for entertainment purposes, that they hold no real value outside of watching a movie or playing a video game in the third dimension. However, recent studies have discovered that this is entirely inaccurate. New research is showing that the use of 3D projectors, along with other 3D technology, in the classroom is improving the concentration and test results of students.

This new research is being carried out by the International Research Agency at the bequest of Texas Instruments. Texas Instruments has invested a lot in classroom technology through calculators alone but is also one of the foremost chip technology experts in the world. In addition to that, the company saw the introduction of 3D projectors and 3D glasses to class members that were participating in the research.

The International Research Agency monitored the students and discovered that 86% of them achieved better results in the post-test than they did in the pre-test when using 3D technology. It was also discovered that only 52% improved in the control classes, or the classes that were only given 2D technology for the post-test.

In the 3D in Education White Paper, Professor Anne Bamford, who is heading up the research, stated, "Individuals improved test scores by an average of 17% in the 3D classes, compared to only an 8% improvement in the 2D classes between pre-test and post-test. The teachers commented that the pupils in the 3D groups had deeper understanding, increased attention spans, more motivation and higher engagement."

Moreover, the research also studied classes in seven countries across Europe that are adopting the 3D technology. These countries included the United Kingdom, France and Sweden. The studied surveyed 740 students in 15 schools and involved 47 teachers.

3D projecting may still be a primarily entertainment-driven market, but the potential for some serious classroom benefits are evident. I mean, an 86% increase is substantial at any level and it will be interesting to see what other findings the International Research Agency and Texas Instruments uncover.

Source: Projector Point - Classroom 3D projectors improve pupils' performances