Thursday, December 29, 2011

3M's CP45 Combines a Camera and Projector for Projecting on the Go

3M CP453M has just released the new CP45 Camcorder Projector. This extremely portable device is an all-in-one pocket camcorder, camera and projector for taking pictures or video and projecting them on a surface immediately, like literally five seconds after you take them. This device allows you to capture images and video in HD and also acts as a mini-mobile projector for displaying your new media.

The CP45 Camcorder Projector from 3M was specifically designed with portability in mind. The entire device only weighs 6.7 ounces with dimensions measuring 4.9 x 24 x 0.94 inches. In addition to being extremely small, the CP45 is also capable of projecting extremely large images, up to 65" to be exact, and can be used to display content on a variety of surfaces, including walls, screens, ceilings or even a T-shirt, if that need ever exists.

This device comes complete with a rechargeable 2100 mAh battery which is said to last around 90 minutes which, to be honest, isn't that long at all. Hopefully batteries are inexpensive, allowing you to buy extras. The CP45 also comes with 2GB of internal memory as well as an external memory that is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. You can pick up the CP45 all-in-one device now from 3M for around $461 US.

Source: Tech Know Bits - 3M CP45 Camcorder Projector

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Friday, December 16, 2011

HD Projector Rentals

HD Projector offers a wide array of projector rentals of all brands and types. One of the more popular projector rentals that offers is a High Definition Projector Rental. HD projectors are perfect if you want all the image quality of an HD television on a screen that is at least three times as big. A projector is also much easier to use than an HD television because you can literally pick it up and put it in any room of the house!

If you are interested in presenting video that requires sharp and vibrant video quality to impress your audience, a high definition projector rental is perfect for you. It doesn't matter if your audience is big or small or if you just want to have a special movie night with your family, a Tech Travel Agent from can set you up with the perfect HD projector rental for all your needs.

One of the best uses for an HD projector is for putting together private events and make-shift home theaters. If you are planning on hosting your next family reunion, a graduation party or just a backyard barbecue, you should look into renting an HD projector from Nothing caps off a fun-filled day like sitting in the backyard and watching the newest movie in HD on the side of your house.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

BenQ Reveals Joybee GP2 Mini Projector

BenQ Joybee GP2BenQ recently introduced the next generation of its popular mini-projector, the BenQ Joybee GP2. The GP2, building on the success of its predecessor, features the same black and white housing with the addition of a plethora of enhancements, including an intuitive user interface, 720p HD video quality, short-throw projection, integrated iPhone/iPod dock, optional three-hour battery pack and a ton of connectivity options.

The Joybee GP2 is perfect for on-the-go projection and the simple plug-n-play operation and 200 ANSI lumen brightness allow users to share HD-quality presentations, videos, photos and games on a 160" cinematic display. In addition to that, dedicated iPhone/iPod controls also include a remote control in order to make using the devices in conjunction with the projector simple and easy. The G2 also comes with a new carrying case that features dedicated pockets for the power adapter and other peripherals.

This device is also packed with multimedia connectivity, including USB and SD card viewers, a document viewer and mini-HDMI output for tablets and smartphones. In addition to that, a USB display feature allows you to connect your projector to your computer via USB cable, no driver required, while the USB file transfer function allows you to transfer multimedia files to the projector's 2GB of on-board memory storage.

According to President of BenQ America Corporation Lars Yoder, "By incorporating features and benefits that mobile customers value, the BenQ Joybee GP2 creates a unique combination of performance and flexibility. Simply put, for consumers interested in presenting, sharing and entertaining, the GP2 Projector offers an experience like no other mini-projector."

The BenQ Joybee GP2 projector is now available for an MSRP of $549 and will also be on display at the upcoming 2012 International CES at the BenQ Hilton Suite 29-105 if you want some hands-on time with it.

Source: Market Watch - BenQ Unveils Second-Generation GP2 Projector

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Brookstone Unveils iPhone Case with Built-In Projector

Brookstone Pocket Projector CaseHearing about a new pico projector for a phone doesn't get tech enthusiasts quite as excited as it used to. However, pico projectors built into a phone case is something entirely different and far more practical than running cables from projector to phone and vice versa. That is why Brookstone, home of everything cool, has just introduced The Pocket Projector Case.

The Pocket Projector Case is a smartphone case with built-in projector and also includes a 2,100mAH battery, as well as a 0.5 watt speaker. Designed specifically for the iPhone 4 (but also conveniently compatible for the iPhone 4S), the phone slides into the case and engages the dock connector. From here you can project anything projectable onto a 50" rectangle on the wall.

50" is optimistic, however, and will require a pretty dark room to be accomplished. Brookstone's projector case also puts out a max of 15 lumens, which is the same amount as Microvision's SHOWWX+ pico projector. If you want an image that is bigger than a small television, you are going to have to turn out the lights. But isn't that kind of the point when you use a projector for entertainment?

The display has a resolution of 640 x 360 and the case's internal battery should keep it going for at least a couple of hours. In addition to that, the device can work as a backup battery for the iPhone within. One thing of interest to point out is that the case has a manual focusing dial, unlike the "infinite focus" of laser projectors. But that is to be expected for the relatively low price of $230.

As it stands, phone projectors do not seem to be quite up to standards in terms of use, though The Pocket Projector Case from Brookstone is definitely a lot easier to use. You can order this device for the above mentioned $230 price now with the actual device shipping on November 21st.

Source: Wired - Pocket Projector: A Magic Lantern in an iPhone Case

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Kodak Licenses Projector Patents to IMAX

IMAXWith this new digital age, many things are transitioning to digital methods. However, Eastman Kodak hasn't quite handled the transition to digital photography as smoothly as some of the competition, though when your company is more than 100 years old, staying on top of things isn't always as easy as it used to be. The good thing for Eastman Kodak is that they have an overabundance of intellectual property which just might help Kodak stay in a rapidly changing market.

One way Kodak is trying to stay afloat is by aligning with other companies. Kodak has just announced a deal with IMAX to license the company's laser projection patents to the movie company, which will allow it to more effectively project digital films on IMAX's truly enormous screens.

What this means for Kodak is that the company will receive some much-desired cash, somewhere around $10 million or so. In addition to that, Kodak will also receive undetermined royalty payments for at least ten years. That is one serious piece of capital for Kodak, whose stock has lost three-fourths of its value in the last year alone. When news of this partnership hit, Kodak's shares increased by 5% immediately. The license deal is also a part of a $250-$350 million plan for Kodak to pay off the considerable debt which it has accumulated.

In IMAX's case, the new technology will allow it to replace older digital and analog projectors in more of its theaters. IMAX's equipment is specialized and very, very expensive which means that every time they upgrade equipment, they intend for it to last. Aside from generally high-quality digital projections, IMAX films that use the new patented process will be considerably brighter than their older predecessors. The new projection systems are also much more cost-effective.

This raises a very interesting proposition for Kodak. Now beginning its thirteenth decade as a company, the question is whether or not Kodak will become a firm principally composed of its ideas and techniques. With other digital competitors, like Canon, Nikon and Sony, outpacing Kodak in nearly every single market aside from budget point-to-shoots, it just may be a good way for the company to advance into the future.

Source: Slash Gear - Kodak licenses projector patents to IMAX to stay afloat

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Friday, October 21, 2011

NEC Creates Mini Computer that Projects Images Directly on Your Eye

NEC Tele ScouterNEC just released a statement on Tuesday saying that it will begin selling a wearable mini-computer with a head-mounted display that projects its screen directly onto the naked eye.

Known as the "Tele Scouter", this device will initially be targeted at factory workers as well as other industrial settings. In addition to that, the company hopes to advance the technology to expand into the entertainment and augmented reality applications in the future. NEC stated that the computer is about the size of a thick paperback novel and can be worn clipped to the user's belt. The display is mounted to a pair of clear glasses, allowing the wearer to view the screen alongside the real world.

The display, which is manufactured by Japanese company Brother and known as the "AIRScouter", uses a tiny projector to flash images onto the wearer's naked eye. This allows the wearer to experience images as if they were being seen on a 16", 800 x 600 resolution screen from about 3 feet away.

Considering the fact that the image only takes up a small portion of the wearer's field of vision, NEC has stated that it is targeting applications where workers could use it to view instruction manuals or other images while on the job. The handset that comes with the device is equipped with a camera as well as microphone and NEC is also selling a software package that will allow supervisors at a remote control center to share images and chat with the workers via WiFi.

The small computer that hangs on your belt runs a version of Windows CE for embedded devices on a 500 MHz ARM processor. Overall, the entire package weighs less than 1 pound and will run for over four hours on a single charge. NEC stated that shipments will begin on December 26 and that the device will cost $5,200 per unit. The control system software will cost you an additional $26,000 as well.

Source: PC World - NEC to Sell Mini Computer With Eye Projection Screen

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ViewSonic's New PLED-W200 and PLED-W500 Projectors

ViewSonic PLED-W500ViewSonic has just unveiled its new brand of LED projectors, an announcement that also included the availability of the PLED-W200 and PLED-W500. This new projector line is both ultra portable as well as energy efficient making each product perfect for the business traveler who is always on the road.

This line's projectors feature miniature form factors as well as 20,000 hour LED light sources. In addition, both the PLED-W200 and PLED-W500 come 3D-ready with 120Hz frame rates for immersive 3D visuals. The PLED line from ViewSonic also doesn't skimp on the features.

These short-throw projectors feature WXGA widescreen resolutions for large screen HD projection in small spaces. In addition to that, these projectors are also paired with USB and HDMI connectivity , Microsoft Office Viewer functionality and an SD card reader, providing you with a versatile plethora of ways to display documents, PDFs, videos, photos and other multimedia files without the need for a PC. 1GB of internal memory is also included.

According to ViewSonic's Projectors Product Manager Roger Chien, "Mobility and energy efficiency are two main trends in the projector market. The PLED series transforms the projector from a cumbersome gadget to an incredibly lightweight, compact device that can be carried anywhere to meet all of your projection needs. With a mercury-free LED light source and power consumption of less than 50 watts, these pico projectors are as eco-friendly as they are portable, making for powerhouse business solutions."

The PLED-W200 weighs less than one pound with the PLED-W500 weighing less than three pounds and both are palm-sized projectors that are perfect for slipping into a briefcase, laptop bag or purse for convenient presentation as well as transportation. In addition to that, both projectors also deliver brilliant color thanks to a high native WXGA resolution that is optimal for 720p HD viewing. The 250 ANSI lumens of the PLED-W200 and the 500 ANSI lumens of the PLED-W500 also don't hurt.

Both projectors are teamed with integrated speakers as well as an assortment of connectivity options, allowing you to present anywhere, anytime without the need of a PC. The PLED-W500 adds to the connectivity with an HDMI 1.3 outlet that allows you to simply connect to a Blu-ray player, DVD player, tablet or other HD media device for a widescreen, HD home gaming or home theater experience.

Both devices will be available in North America as well as Latin America in mid-October with the PLED-W200 selling for $499 with a three-year limited warranty and the PLED-W500 selling for $699 with the same warranty.

Source: Market Watch - ViewSonic's New Ultraportable LED Projector Line Means Business; Delivers Ultimate Combination of Power and Mobility

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Friday, September 30, 2011

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Large Venue Projector Rentals have boosted brightness and performance levels compared to your standard projector. New large venue projectors use a multiple bulb system to boost the brightness. Ultra-high brightness of up to 10000 lumens makes sure that anyone can see your presentation. High contrast ratios (greater than 1000:1) make sure that your images are beautiful and rich in color.

A 10,000 lumen projector rental can broadcast your 'live' video or project your image on a fifty foot convention center wall. It is the right tool to get maximum results at a much lower cost than video walls.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Acer India Unveils C110 and K330 Pico Projectors

Acer C110 Pico ProjectorAcer has recently been displaying two new pico projectors from the company's projector line. Known as the C110 and K330, these devices are small and compact, perfect for portability and mobile projection whenever the job may call for it. The C110 is being touted as a perfect notebook companion projector by Acer while the K330 is an LED pico projector that comes equipped with a 500-lumen lamp.

The Acer C110 receives power via a USB port, which is perfect for a truly mobile pico projector that is being described as a notebook companion. Weighing less than 175 grams and measuring only 110mm x 85mm x 25mm, it is interesting to see that this device has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 854 x 480p WVGA resolution and 16:9 native format. In addition to that, it also has a solid 20,000 hours of LED lamp life, ColorSafe and DLP technology as well as a supplied 25" foldable screen for projecting whenever and wherever you want.

According to Chief Marketing Officer of Acer India S Rajendram, "People today are always on the move. Gone are the days when you can expect to conduct your business in the comfort of your offices. The new series of projectors from Acer is the perfect answer to your collaborative needs on the move. We believe there is immense potential for these pocket magicians in the area of business presentations and multimedia digital entertainment."

The Acer K330 can render HD quality images as well as deliver improved color saturation. Its multimedia abilities allow you to project standard Office and Multimedia files directly from a USB drive or an SD card connected to it. In addition to that, the K330 also has a 1,280 x 800p WXGA resolution and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio and even accommodates regular VGA, HDMI, composite video, AV inputs, an SD card slot and USB port. The Acer C110 will be available for around $320 with the K330 available for about $1,160.

Source: Tech Shout - Acer India drops in with C110 and K330 pico projectors

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sony Unveils New 4K Resolution Home Cinema Projector

Sony VW1000ESJust one week after Toshiba announced the first television with a 4K resolution, or a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, Sony has gone and challenged it by unveiling a new home cinema projector that offers the exact same thing on a much larger screen. Sony, you cheeky devil!

Known as the VW1000ES, this projector uses a new 4K SXRD, or Silicon X-tal Reflective Display, along with Sony's Iris3 technology in order to give you 12.5m pixel images at up to 200 inches in size. However, while this may seem like something truly magnificent and fantastic, there is one major drawback, the complete lack of 4K video content.

However, despite the lack of content, this projector does offer some great features. It is a full HD and 3D projector and uses an active shutter system as well as a built-in transmitter for full HD content. Just because there isn't any 4K content out at the moment does not mean that you can't enjoy some full 1080p HD or 3D content while you wait.

The main appeal with this device, at least for movie fans, is its ability to upscale regular Blu-ray movies to 4K resolution. This is all thanks to Sony's proprietary "Reality Creation" chip located in the device. The result of quadrupling the resolution is a "more immersive, engaging visual experience" according to Sony who added, "It should be like stepping up from DVD to Blu-ray all over again."

The VW1000ES 4K projector from Sony follows the more recently announced VW95ES and HW30ES and is set to hit the UK market first in January 2012. Pricing is still unannounced but I wouldn't expect this thing to be cheap. Expect to pay well over anything you would pay now for a top of the line projector.

Source: Tech Radar - New Sony projector to offer four times the resolution of HDTV

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wedding Projector Rentals

Wedding Projector RentalBy renting a projector for your wedding, you can display a slideshow of the bride and groom in their most tender moments. Great for rehearsal dinners and receptions, a wedding projector rental can add more entertainment and fun to your event. Show memorable pictures of events that led to the marriage or stream videos and music so that everyone can celebrate this joyous occasion. There is no better way to describe two peoples love than with photos of them being in love.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Sporting Event Projector Rental

Sports fans always want to see the sports action up close and personal. Whether its just a preseason game or a big Superbowl party, a projector rental lets you witness every exciting moment with your buddies. A rental can allow you to enjoy the game in the comfort of your own home, without having to bother with large crowds and high-priced tickets and refreshments. Turn your wall into a sports venue and impress all viewing participants.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Benefits of DLP Projection

As a follow up to our post on The Benefits of LCD Projection, we will now explore the benefits of a competing display technology: DLP (Digital Light Processing). Currently DLP is one of the leading technologies used in digital cinema projection.

Older DLP-based projectors use metal-halide lamps combined with a color wheel. The mechanical color wheel is placed between the lamp and the DLP chip(s). The wheel is divided into multiple sections. Older models only use the three primary colors: red, green and blue, while newer projectors take advantage of the secondary colors as well: magenta, yellow, and cyan. This enables the projector to have a broader spectrum of color (This new color performance is called BrilliantColor). The chip is synched with the color wheel so that the current color of the wheel that is in front of the lamp is displayed on the DMD (digital micromirror device). The mirrors oscillate back and forth, either directing light to or away from the lens path to turn the pixel on or off. Each mirror relates to a single pixel. The wheel rotates at a high-rate (up to 10 times the frame rate) so observers can see the full color.

DLP models either offer single chip or three chip projectors. The difference is that in three chip applications, each primary color is sent to its own DLP chip, instead of all colors being sent to a single chip.

Newer DLP projectors are using high-power LEDs or even lasers for illumination, which eliminate the need for the rotating color wheel, which in-turn eliminates the "rainbow effect" (red, green, or blue 'shadows' that can sometimes be seen in high contrast or fast moving images).

DLP Projectors typically provide a larger size projection due to the fact that DLP projectors focus more on brightness and color saturation than LCD and in most cases, higher quality. Also DLP produces a great consistent picture. One of the biggest benefits of DLP is that is has a longer lifespan and its compact design.

Another benefit of DLP is that pixelation is not as visible as it is in LCD (this is known as the 'screendoor effect' in LCD projection). Also it has better black levels and contrast, which can be vital in video images.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

ViewSonic Seeks Growth in the Projector Market

ViewSonic logoViewSonic, a leading world provider of technology products, has decided to turn it up a notch in regards to its business development effort in the Australian market. According to recent reports, the company is seeking to accelerate its projector business in the region in order to fuel more growth.

Country Manager of ViewSonic Australia William Tse has been reported as saying that Joel Pilgrim has been appointed to the position of Business Development Manager for Australia and that he will focus on developing the ViewSonic's projector display business across various sectors that include enterprise, government, education and consumer.

Mr. Tse states, "We welcome Joel to the role as Business Development Manager and look forward to seeing our projector business grow. Joel's deep understanding of the audio visual market coupled with his sales expertise are crucial assets in facilitating ViewSonic to strengthen the projector business in Australia."

Tse went on to say, "With a wealth of experience in the audio visual industry, Joel is a skilled sales professional and is responsible for identifying gainful opportunities, expanding customer relationships, and accelerating the ViewSonic projector business in the region."

It definitely appears as if ViewSonic is working hard to increase the growth of their projector market and by hiring Joel Pilgrim as Business Development Manager for Australia, it looks as if the company is on the right track to do just that.

Source: IT Wire - ViewSonic goes after projector market growth

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Benefits of LCD Projection

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Projectors display images typically by using small metal halide lamps. These lamps are used because they produce a wide range of colors at ideal color temperatures. Additionally, metal halide lamps enable a projector to emit large amounts of light (on average 2,000 to 15,000 Lumens) in a small area.

The light from the lamp is dispersed through a series of dichroic filters (liquid crystals) to three panels, one for each color component of a video signal (red, green, blue). An electrical current is applied to toggle the color on or off, depending on what shade of what color is being displayed. This gives the LCD projector its wide color range.

LCD Projectors work great in areas where it is difficult to control the lighting in the room, such as rooms with several large windows. Since the metal halide lamps produce bright light, they perform better in these scenarios. Since the lamps are fairly small, they make LCD projectors good for portability and are lightweight.

Typically LCD projectors have a larger viewing angle as well, which is good for large rooms with several viewers that are not centered in front of the projector.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

JVC DLA-X7 Home Theater Projector wins Prestigious 2011-2012 EISA Award

JVC's DLA-X7 home theater projector was the recipient of the annual EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award. Being one of the first projectors to achieve THX 3D certification, the DLA-X7 boasts several impressive attributes. This projector offers an incredible 2D/3D experience with an astounding 70,000:1 native contrast ratio and a bright 1300 ANSI Lumens. Designed for use with 3D active shutter glasses, the DLA-X7 enables consumers to enjoy a full 3D experience while allowing for variety in choosing screen types. Additionally, this award winning projector has a powerful color management system, video processor and custom gamma control.

EISA is a collection of 50 magazines from 19 European countries, the winning products are chosen by the editor-in-chief of each magazine. Any product covered by the magazines during the past year are eligible to recieve the award.

EISA has created a short video clip about the DLA-X7 to honor JVC's achievement this year.

Source: EISA - European Video Projector 2011-2012 - JVC DLA-X7

Friday, August 12, 2011

Apple Files Patent for Projectors in Devices

Apple projectorApple just recently filed a new patent which they just published that hints at the fact that projectors could one day end up in some Apple devices including things like the iPhone, iPad or as an accessory in the company's line of notebooks in order to help make it easier to share content with others.

The application entitled "Projected display shared workspaces" was filed back in February 2010 and pulled up yesterday morning by Patently Apple. The patent outlines a system for taking what is on screen and projecting it onto a close surface. The interesting thing about the proposed system in this particular patent is that it has the ability to combine projections from multiple devices into one screen, hence the name "shared workspace".

The patent application notes that "consumers frequently share data stored on electronic devices with other people," however, portable devices usually come with small screens, thus making it harder for people to share things with a group. Apple's solution promises to solve all of that by offering a way for devices that have projectors to link up to one another. The result would be a bigger canvas for presenting media and other documents, using something like a server or Bluetooth to transfer the data between devices.

Another interesting piece of information that goes hand in hand with this patent application is the fact that Apple is connected to the domain Pico Projectors are the commonly used phrase for small projectors found on point-and-shoot cameras, cell phones or as standalone devices.

However, this is not the first Apple patent application to look into integrating projectors onto portable devices. Another filing that was uncovered back in April of 2010 detailed the construction of a projector in a notebook. One month before that, another filing was shown detailing how projectors could be used if attached to a phone. This led to a 2007 patent filing which detailed using attached or built-in projectors in order to display media.

Pico projectors are continuously getting smaller with new technology constantly decreasing the physical space and power required to put a built-in projector on a portable device. Alps Electric just recently announced a new lens that measures just under 1mm square. Alps Electric plans on producing these lenses in bulk by the end of 2012.

Source: CNET - Apple patent filing details devices with linked projectors

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Acer's S5210M Interactive Short-Throw Projector

Acer S5210MProjectors and PowerPoint presentations are becoming mainstays in company business meetings and school classrooms. It isn't very hard to throw a presentation together, and showing it doesn't take much work either, though most PowerPoint presentations are not too exciting. Well, Acer is hoping to make PowerPoint presentations a little more interesting with its new S5210M short-throw projector, which is said to allow you to interact with your presentations.

The Acer S5210M is a short-throw projector capable of projecting from as close as 19.2" away from the screen making it perfect for small conference rooms or classrooms. In addition to that, Acer claims that this device, with a 0.61:1 throw ratio, can project a 77" image from 37.4" away. The projector has a maximum resolution of 1,600x1,200 with a contrast ratio of 4,500:1. In addition to that, this device is 3D ready if used with a 3D software player and DLP Link 3D glasses.

Coming with the projector is the Acer SmartPen. The SmartPen allows users to write on the image being projected in order to explain answers, highlight important details or give feedback. The pen is able to be used from up to 32 feet away from the image, if necessary. In addition to that, presenters can also import presentations to a web site in conjunction with their SmartPen notes.

The S5210M also comes with a plethora of outputs including two HDMI ports, two USB ports, a mini USB port, composite video port, S-Video mini DIN port and stereo mini jack. This device also comes with a USB Slide Show feature that allows for a presentation, video, or photo to be shown on a flash drive without having to use a computer. The projector can also be connected to multiple computers simultaneously and allows you to switch between computers during a presentation.

Acer is claiming that the S5210M provides up to 4,000 hours of lamp life and that the device also features Acer's EcoProjection power management feature that reduces standby power from 5 watts to 1 watt.

The Acer S5210M is available now at retailers in the United States and Canada for $999. The device also comes with a three-year warranty for the DLP chip as well as a 90-day warranty on the lamp.

Source: PC Mag - Acer Debuts Short-Throw Interactive Projector

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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You should get a Diffusion Projector Screen Rental when you need a large viewing angle so that the image is equally bright for all the seats in the theater. Diffusion style screens are best when you have a bright projector and good control of lighting conditions.

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This style of screen is suitable for rooms with some ambient light or for projectors with lower light output. These screens reflect light in the opposite direction of the projector and therefore should be used with ceiling mounted projectors.

Retroreflective Screens:
Retroreflective screens reflect the light primarily in the direction of the projector which makes them perfect for floor or table mounted projectors. Retroreflective screens are also very good at dealing with ambient light.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New 2D-to-3D Projectors from Vivitek

Vivitek 2D-to-3D projectorTaiwan-based Vivitek has just debuted a series of DLP projectors featuring direct translation from 2D to 3D with absolutely no need to transform files. 3D is becoming a bigger and bigger market in the projector industry so naturally everybody is trying to get in on the fad. However, Vivitek may be the first company to to create a projector that seamlessly transfers images from 2D to 3D.

These new projectors can be directly connected to a DVD or Blu-ray player or to your PC or laptop and come equipped with energy-saving lamps that have a 4,000-hour lamp life according to Vivitek. Pricing has been listed at $690 for a 2,600-lumen SVGA entry-level model projector, which is only around 10% to 15% higher than the price of a conventional model with the same specifications.

Vivitek developed these projectors via technical cooperation with the company's partner Delta Electronics, who just so happens to be one of the main shareholders of Vivitek. Vivitek is hoping to sell between 3,000 and 5,000 2D-to-3D projectors in the Taiwan market alone as well as a total of 30,000 to 50,000 units in overseas markets.

Original projected global sales of Vivitek were set at 300,000 own-brand DLP projectors of all types in 2011, and they actually sold 240,000 to 250,000 units in the first half of 2011. Vivitek also expects its global market share to rank either 10th or 11th among projector vendors in 2011 as well as to sell 400,000 projectors globally in order to be among the top 10 vendors in 2012.

Source: DigiTimes - Vivtek unveils 2D-to-3D projectors is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sony Unveils HDR-JP50 Handycam Projector

Sony HDR-PJ50 Handycam ProjectorSony has just recently unveiled its newest Handycam Projector. This new device will allow users to project HD video onto flat surfaces literally moments after the image or video has been shot or captured.

The launch of the HDR-PJ50 in India is the latest device to roll out in a series of Handycam Projector models that have been designed with a built-in high contrast projector on the outside of a flip-out LCD panel. This gives users a simple, yet effective way to replay videos or images without the need or hassle of additional cables, a computer or any other device.

The compact LED projector allows videos as well as images to be projected at up to 1.5 meters onto walls, ceilings, screens or any other flat surface you can find with the optimum projecting distance being about 3 meters. The 220GB internal hard drive provides storage for the captured video and images while the Highlight Playback feature allows for quick and easy playback of videos and images.

The new Handycam Projector series comes with an advanced Clear Phase 5.1 channel stereo speaker with S-Master digital amplifiers in order to produce clear, dynamic sound. However, if you desire a more cinematic feel to your sound, you can always connect your device to an external 5.1 home cinema system using the integrated 3.5mm audio input.

The Advanced Wind Noise Reduction feature allows you to keep noise and wind interference to a minimum when shooting videos. Another useful feature is the Optical SteadyShot which automatically corrects shaky videos and is ideal for capturing fast moving footage like sporting events.

If highly portable projectors that double as cameras are something you have always dreamed about, then give the HDR-PJ50 Handycam Projector from Sony a try.

Source: Projector Point - Sony Introduces latest Handycam Projector

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Canon Introduces New LV-8320 Multimedia Projector

Canon LV-8320Canon has just recently announced a new portable multimedia LCD projector aimed at education, traveling sales and small business markets. Known as the Cannon LV-8320, this device has a very high brightness of 3,000 lumens as well as a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. The LV-8320 also has a native wide-screen WXGA resolution of 1,200 x 800 and can accept full 1080p HD content via integrated HDMI port.

The LV-8320 also contains a 1.6x manual zoom lens that allows for easy setup and placement in any situation. The lamp system in this projector is designed for extended life and power savings and the projector automatically adjusts the lamp output according to the brightness of the image being projected. In addition to that, it also automatically adjusts the shift of color balance, decreasing lamp output which results in a significant reduction to the projector's power consumption.

According to Canon, the projector's air filter, which is made of a three-layer hybrid material, is able to withstand 5,500 hours of usage in ECO mode. There are also a bunch of connections on this projector that are perfect for computers, video and audio. The LV-8320 comes with an HDMI port as well as a built-in 10-Watt speaker. However, if the built-in speaker isn't enough, you can always relay audio to external speakers through the the stereo audio mini-jack output. The LV-8320 also comes with an RJ-45 Network Connection and RS-232C Serial Connection to provide full LAN control as well as remote PC control.

Due to the native WXGA resolution, the LV-8320 is compatible with native 16:10 displays seen in recent laptops and desktops making it perfect for meetings or classroom settings. The bright 3,000 lumen output along with the 2,000:1 contrast ratio also ensures bright, well-defined images no matter where you set up. The LV-8320 multimedia projector from Canon is backed by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available in early July for $900.

Source: PC Mag - Canon Introduces Portable Multimedia Projector

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Boxlight Unveils New Seattle X40N

Boxlight Seattle X40NBoxlight has just recently announced the release of the company's latest product in the Seattle Series line of projectors. The new product is known as the Seattle X40N and is the brightest in the series at 4,000 lumens. The Seattle X40N also includes a robust input panel as well as many special features that make it simple and easy to use.

Boxlight's Seattle Series of projectors was originally launched back in 2009 and included five projectors that varied in brightness and resolution. The Seattle Series was developed for people who needed a quality projector for presentations in a variety of environments, a projector with various inputs and also one that won't break the bank. The Seattle X40N only weighs 7.3 lbs. which makes the 4,000 lumens brightness even better.

This device is also an XGA resolution projector which makes it perfect for areas that have issues with lighting control as well as in situations with larger screen sizes. The Seattle X40N also comes with a variety of anti-theft features standard and also has auto sensing search, sync, ceiling mount, keystone and filter alerts. Seven different display modes give the user a lot of flexibility as do the logo capture and image freeze features along with an on-board 8-speaker.

According to Product Manager at Boxlight Jeremy Peterson, "We have had great success with our Seattle Series projectors. It is a solid line - and over the platform's history, the only request received was to up the lumen output to 4,000. With a proven history of reliability and performance, we are confident the Seattle X40N will be a welcomed addition to the series.

Source: Boxlight - Boxlight Announces Release of New Projector - Seattle X40N

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

BenQ Introduces 2 New HD Projectors

BenQ W1200BenQ, one of the leaders in projector production, has recently started shipping two new HD DLP "cinema" projectors which BenQ says are perfect for "high-rise dwellers". It is still unclear as to why the new W1100 and W1200 are perfect for multi-dwelling media rooms, however, they both feature full HD 108p resolutions, a 12-lens optical system and built-in dual 10-watt speakers that have SRS Wow HD sound technology.

These two projectors are not exactly the same. The W1100 is a 2,000-lumens projector that has a native 4,500:1 contrast ratio as well as a full 10-bit color processor. On the other hand we have the W1200 with its 1,800-lumens and a native 5,000:1 contrast ratio. The W1200 also has the same 10-bit color processor as the W1100 but comes with Advanced Color Wheel Coating technology in order to boost color saturation.

If you are really into using a projector for all of your home theater needs, then the built-in 10-watt speakers are probably not going to cut it for you. However, BenQ says, "MDU developers can now provide their residents with immersive sound right out of the box without the additional expense of add-on sound systems."

The good news is that both the W1100 and the W1200 are pretty affordable, for everything you get, at $1,199 and $1,499 respectively. However, BenQ is running a temporary special discount on the W1100. BenQ's website is giving a $200 rebate if you use the promotional code W1100$$. This drops the price to $999. Check out BenQ's website for all the details.

Source: CNET - BenQ markets new affordable HD projectors to 'high-rise' dwellers

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Mitsubishi Releases Two New Short-Throw Projectors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America introduced a new extreme short-throw line of DLP-based front projectors earlier this week. Mitsubishi's WD380U-EST and XD380U-EST projectors are both said to use high-quality, extreme short-throw lenses as opposed to mirrors in order to cast large images from short distances.

Mitsubishi gave these projectors a sleek design which is said to make installation more flexible, operation cleaner and provide less image degradation as well as less general wear and tear as a result.

The first two projectors in this new line incorporate a lot of things like USBA + B inputs, support for computer-free presentations, LAN display, a built-in 10-watt speaker, audio standby, closed captioning and 3D-ready capabilities. The high-brightness models shell out 2,800 and 2,500 lumens of brightness and also incorporate a filter-free design for a low cost of ownership according to Mitsubishi.

Both the wide format WD380U-EST and the XGA resolution XD380U-EST operate very quietly producing only 28 dB of sound and even offer up to 6,000 hour lamp life when it is run in low mode. Both of these models also include a 3,000:1 contrast ratio.

According to Presentation Products Division Product Manager for Mitsubishi Wayne Kozuki, "It's technological prowess that we use to create imaging wonder, not smoke and mirrors. We're one of the first brands to offer such a revolutionary lens-based design in our ultra-short-throw projectors, and with Mitsubishi's quality, you can rely on our product performance. They are truly state-of-the-art."

New lenses enable these projectors to have that kind of short-throw focus performance and also allow them to project up to a 70-inch WXGA image from less than 23-inches away. The new models also create a great image and help prevent shadows on the screen or projector surface that may be distracting.

Both projectors weigh about nine pounds which allows them to be easily transported and easily maintained. Teachers can convert their class presentations into .PTG files or .JPEG images and then save them on a USB flash drive. They can then plug the drive directly into the projector and start teaching, no computers involved.

These devices also support WiFi connectivity if you still want to use a PC or laptop but you don't want to mess with all those cables. These two projectors also have an internal 10-watt speaker and include HDMI inputs as well as an RS232 connector and RJ45 input for third-party remote management products.

Both come with a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor as well as a one-year limited warranty on the lamp. Mitsubishi also offers an Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program that has next business-day replacement for down units that are under warranty. The WD380U-EST is expected to have a retail price of $1,699 and the XD380U-EST is expected to have a $1,499 retail price.

Source: TWICE - Mitsubishi Adds Short-Throw Projector Pair

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Most business class projectors will do a good job displaying your PowerPoint presentation. If you have a small presentation group, a 2000 lumen LCD projector will be able to produce a nice and clear picture. For larger audiences you should consider a 5000 lumen LCD projector.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Replacing Your Projector Lamp Is Easier Than You Think

projectorsIf you own a projector, whether it be for your classroom, business or entertainment room, then you probably know that the lamps for such projectors rely on some sophisticated technology. The projectors we have at our disposal today can do things we wouldn't even have dreamed of 10 years ago. Thankfully, taking care of projectors and their associated lamps and such is not nearly as complicated as you would imagine.

There have been numerous blog posts explaining how performing routine maintenance on your projector is actually quite simple and straightforward and takes little mechanical skill. One such story comes from and explains the simplicity in doing projector maintenance.

According to the site, "Despite the high level of electrical engineering that goes into a projector, the smart folks who designed them also made it very easy for the end user to perform everyday maintenance on the projector."

If you are stuck with the task of buying a new projector bulb, you should know that companies have two basic options. You can either get a lamp in module or a bare lamp.

The lamp in module involves an extremely straightforward installation process. Basically, the only thing you need to do is push your new lamp into place and you are as right as rain. Now you may be asking yourself, "If this is so easy, then why do people opt for another solution?" The simple answer is that it is cheaper.

A lot of businesses can save a nice chunk of change by going with a bare lamp. Bare lamps do not require much more work to install than the lamp in module and the installation also involves three simple steps. The good news is that each step doesn't really require any skill to complete.

With a bare lamp replacement all you have to do is remove the housing and clips with a Phillips head screwdriver. The actual process takes about five minutes, but it can also result in you saving about $100.

"Once you find out how easy it is, you will question why you had not purchased a bare lamp in the first place!" states

Source: infoeTECH - Lamp Projector Maintenance is Much Easier than You Think is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

Friday, April 8, 2011

NEC Releases New NP-V300X DLP Projector

NEC NP-V300XNEC has just announced the 3000-lumen NP-V300X, an XGA projector that is both very portable and very affordable. The NP-V300X also gives users the most essential features needed to show off presentations in classrooms or business meetings. The V300X is a part of the new V Series from NEC and is designed to provide you with higher brightness via a small mobile projector to accommodate large screens or higher ambient lighting conditions. The V300X also comes with a plethora of other features that can save you a ton of money. ECO mode technology allows the lamp in the projector to last up to 5000 hours and also allows you to run the device with lower audible noise. In addition to that, cost of ownership is also reduced. The unique power management capabilities of the V300X allows the projector to automatically turn off when an incoming signal is not detected from any other inputs. This model from NEC also offers quick start, auto power via the RGB input connector and direct power-off with absolutely no cooling required after shutdown. In addition to that, the V300X is completely filter-free which eliminates the hassle and time spent monitoring and changing filters. According to Product Manager for projectors at NEC Display Solutions Rich McPherson, "The lightweight V300X is ideal for users that require projection on-the-go, with sufficient features to quickly set up, easily present and swiftly shut down. This model is packed with powerful technologies that greatly increase functionality without a high price tag. From its Plug and Play setup and BrilliantColor technology to its built-in Creston Roomview Connected technology, the V300X is versatile and efficient for both classrooms and meeting rooms." Full features of the NEC V300X include:

  • 1024x768 native resolution

  • 3000 lumens

  • 2000:1 contrast ratio

  • 5000 hour lamp life

  • 3D capability

  • BrilliantColor technology

  • Integrated RJ45 for quick LAN connection

  • 7-watt speakers

  • Built-in wall color correction presets

  • PC Control Utility Pro 4

  • ECO Mode

  • Virtual Remote

  • Carbon savings meter
The NEC NP-V300X comes with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty and should be available in April of 2011 according to NEC. The V300X will most likely set you back around $780 and the lamp is covered for one year or up to 500 hours, whichever occurs first. If you purchase this for educational use, you get an additional 1-year warranty and Star Student customers receive an additional two years. Source: ecoustics - NEC NP-V300X DLP Projector

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Canon's LV Series Gets Updated with 5 New LCD Projectors

Canon LV SeriesPeople tend to get excited when companies release new products. Typically a company will release one or two things at once, but if you are Canon, that just won't suffice. Canon has just released five, that's right five, new multimedia LCD projectors that are said to offer extremely sharp images and very bright projections.

These five new LCD projectors help update Canon's ultra-portable LV series of projectors. The five new models consist of the LV-8225, LV-7490, LV-7390, LV-7295 and LV-7290. Each of these projectors features a wide-angle 1.2x zoom projection lens as well as a 10W speaker.

All of the new LV projectors also offer XGA resolutions in order to deliver a sharp image and a bright, clear projection. That is, of course, unless you get the LV-8225. This sucker only has a native WXGA resolution.

There are a lot of other great features that come with these new projectors. They all come with an extended 6,000 hour lamp, filters that last up to 5,000 hours and less than 1W of power consumption in standby mode. It is no surprise that these devices are definitely designed to be energy efficient.

The LV-8225 has a 1,280x800 native resolution as well as a 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio with a 2,500 lumen output so it isn't as high-end as the other projectors in the series.
The brightest projector is definitely the LV-7490 with a 4,000 lumen output. This makes it perfect to run in places that are larger or have more ambient light. The LV-7390, LV-7295 and LV-7290 have brightnesses of 3,000, 2,600 and 2,200 lumens respectively.

Visual Communication Product and Solutions Director for Canon Julian Rutland had this to say about the new line of projectors, "We are pleased to update our LV range to offer businesses of all sizes and budgets a range of cost-effective options with no compromise on quality."

All five of the new projectors will be available to the public in April, 2011.

Source: Projector Point - Canon adds five new LCD projectors to LV range

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ray Displays Pico Projector: Perfect Companion for the Traveling Salesman

by Kyle Michael

The Ray Displays “Ray” Pico Projector can be described as a “no frills” pico projector with ultra-portability.

If you are looking for a compact pico with portability over power, this is the way to go. The Ray displays text but lacks somewhat in resolution. However, it makes sales presentations look fantastic. At a very reasonable price point, this pico makes the perfect travel companion for the traveling salesman.
If you are looking for crisp resolution and something for entertainment purposes, this pico will suffice but there are other pocket projectors out there that are made specifically for entertainment purposes. The Ray lite gives you a no-frills pocket projector that offers an alternative to pricey picos that can range in price from $500-$1000.

Indeed, the Ray Displays pocket projector provides you with unsurpassed quality and durability with ultra portability. These qualities make it a perfect companion when you must travel. The Ray is the ultimate presentation device because you can project directly from your iPhone or portable media device with ease. As far as a business presentation tool goes, this is a must have.

I recently used my Ray for an out of state sales presentation. Rather than conducting the meeting in a boring conference room, we met for lunch and used a private dining room. The portability of the gadget really came in handy when all I needed was my iPhone, the connection cable and the small pico. The meeting really went over well because we were able to get out of the office, enjoy a nice lunch out and still take care of business, and it was all made possible by Ray Displays and the Ray Lite. Give yourself the option of a creative presentation tool that will impress your current or future clients and allow you the freedom to go anywhere.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Optoma's Neo-i iPhone/iPod Pico Projector

Optoma Neo-iA lot of people thought that pico projectors were going to be the next big thing. Sadly for those people, the technology never really took off. Pico projectors have become more of a device nice to have but not something necessary to have. However, Optoma has a very interesting new take on pico projectors and it is known as the Neo-i which combines an iPod/iPhone speaker dock with a tabletop projector.

Unfortunately for most, the Neo-i is not cheap coming in with a $449 price tag, however, the specs are quite a bit better than your typical pico projector. The Neo-i has a 50 ANSI lumen DLP projector which offers WVGA (854x480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format. It also has a full-bodied 16 watt stereo system built directly into the dock. The Neo-i can also run using an optional outboard battery pack. The bulb on the Neo-i is also rated at having a 20,000 hour life.

As opposed to Optoma's much smaller PK301 pico projector, which Optoma says has the same light source, Optoma is not classifying the Neo-i as a portable device. In contrast to that, however, the Neo-i only measures 12.8 inches deep by 3.1 inches tall and only weighs 2.5 pounds which makes the device small enough and light enough to be transported.

The style of the device looks slick and based on the picture above it appears that it has slots for VGA out, HDMI out, AV in, Audio out and DC in and the control buttons seem to be touch sensitive with illuminating backlight. Head on over to cnet for the full review.

Source: cnet News - Review: Optoma's Neo-i iPod/iPhone projector
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