Monday, November 19, 2012

Tiny Instagram Projector Created on Kickstarter

A new, extremely tiny projector is looking to bring back the glory days of sharing all of y our favorite pictures with friends and family via slideshow. This device, known as the Projecteo, was funded within 24 hours of being launched on Kickstarter. The device uses 35mm slide film so you can project your favorite Instagram photos for the world to see.

Even though this device isn't the first of its kind, it certainly is the quaintest and most easily transportable. The device is literally no bigger than a Gigapet while the retro display style seems to perfectly compliment the hipster style of Instagram.

The Projecteo was inspired by the "magical qualities" of the images produced by old Rollei projectors and uses a powerful LED combined with a lens and focusing mechanism in order to project "good quality" images up to 2.5-feet wide in a pitch black room. It goes without saying that the extremely small size and LED limitations mean that this device may have problems in rooms with ambient light.

The Projecteo takes wheels of 35mm slide film that are specially produced to contain nine full color Instagram images on each frame. In addition to that, a compatible iPhone app is used to select images from Instagram and arrange them in the circular cutter and place them in a plastic wheel that slots into the projector. Additional photo wheels are available, though you have to order them separately.

Using the device is also said to be very simple. All you have to do, allegedly, is turn the device on, twist the lens barrel to focus and spin the wheel to change the image. You can still find the project on Kickstarter. A $25 pledge will get you the Projecteo, which is expected to ship in either December or January. A $40 pledge will grant you a Projecteo in Rollei P35 projector colors while a $350 pledge will allow you to work with designers to create a one-off color combination. Finally, there is also a $5,000 pledge, which could also get you one of three gold-plated devices.

Source: Gizmag - Projecteo: A tiny projector for Instagram slide shows

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sony's New VPL-HW50ES HD 3D Projector

Sony has just announced the launch of the new full HD 3D home cinema projector known as the VPL-HW50ES. This new home cinema projector has been designed around Sony's "Reality Creation" technology and, according to the company, has a brightness of up to 1,700 lumens. In addition to that, Sony explained that the high brightness level was achieved by improving the efficiency of the built-in lamp as well as the optical block optimization.

The new VPL-HW50ES comes with two modes, a Bright Cinema mode and a Bright TV mode. It is expected that whenever you operate the device in one of these two modes there is a 30% improvement to the overall brightness of the picture compared to the previously released models from Sony. One major point worth mentioning is that Sony was also able to achieve these brightness levels without compromising on the color reproduction, something that other developers have trouble with.

The VPL-HW50ES model will also come with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and a contrast enhancer that is designed to analyze each scene and then optimize the contrast in real-time. The enhancer is capable of adjusting for dark and bright parts of the image by itself while some functional upgrades, like a 3D sync transmitter, wider lens and noise reduction, show the clear improvements this HD model has made over its predecessors.This projector also has a vertical lens shift in the range of +/- 71% and a noise level reduced to 21dB.

This appears to be a pretty good HD projector and one that is perfectly suited for home entertainment. Sony is known for making top-of-the-line home entertainment projectors and this one appears to be up there with the best of Sony's other offerings. The fact that it offers full 1080p HD along with full 3D is something that most home entertainment junkies will eat right up. You can purchase this projector right now from Sony's website and choose from one of two colors, white or black.

Source: Gizbot - Sony VPL-HW50ES: Full HD 3D Home Cinema Projector Goes on Sale in India for Rs 2,59,900
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