Friday, December 5, 2014

Sony's 4K VPL-VW1100ES Projector

While HDTVs still hold the dominate position as the leading technology in home entertainment, projectors are quickly becoming more and more popular. Using a projector, especially an HD projector with similar specs as an HDTV, allows you to watch TV, movies or play video games on virtually any surface and also cuts down on the space required for a home entertainment center.
But what is making projectors even better nowadays is the fact that they are able to keep up with the current display trends of HDTVs. Take, for example, the introduction of 4K displays for HDTVs. Well, projectors are right on top of that technology as well and Sony is offering a 4K projector in the form of the VPL-VW1100ES. Sony is billing this projector as a "premium home theater projector", though "premium" hardly begins to justify the price tag, but more on that later.

Of all the companies currently offering 4K projectors to movie theaters Sony is the most well known. However, Sony is also the only projector producer in the world that currently offers true 4K projectors for the home theater market, which means that they pretty much have the ability to set any kind of price they want because there is no other company fighting for consumers at the moment.

The VPL-VW1100ES is slightly large for a home theater projector, though it is definitely impressive. It comes with a 2.1:1 motorized zoom lens with power lens shift and focus and also claims to have a ridiculous 2,000 lumen output, meaning that, in theory, you could own a 200" diagonal screen and still have a picture as bright as a typical movie theater. In addition to this, the projector also has 3D capabilities that are impressive and has a decent amount of 4K movies that are available to watch right now thanks to Sony's 4K download service and the optional 4K media player.

Here's the kicker and the part that will turn away, I'm assuming, 99% of you. The VPL-VW1100ES will cost you $28,000. Yeah, you read that right, twenty-eight THOUSAND dollars. So if you happen to be one of those one percenters everybody hates then you can enjoy what is arguably the greatest piece of home theater technology currently available on the market today. Oh, I forgot to mention that the media player that you absolutely have to have in order to utilize 4K (if you're too impatient to wait for Blu-ray UHD) will cost you an additional $700 so the actual cost is more around $30,000 once you factor in cost, taxes, etc...

So if you want the latest and greatest in home entertainment projection technology then the Sony VPL-VW1100ES could be the projector for you, provided you don't need a new car, a new house or you need to send any children to college anytime soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Three Top Shelf Portable Projectors

The projector world is full of many types and varieties of projectors, everything from interactive projectors to mind blowing 4K short throw projectors. One thing that many people incorrectly take for granted is the mobility of different models. As not all projectors are created equal in image, neither are all projectors created equal in portability. However, there are a few pico portable projectors that can be just as high end as their larger cousins. 

As there are so many portable projectors out now, you will want to do what you can to make sure your money is being spent on the best possible product. On the bright side, some of the new portable projectors aren't nearly as expensive as you might think. But then again, I have no idea what you think.. so take a look the the following three portable projector offerings!

The InFocus IN1146 Portable Projector
When it comes to the InFocus IN1146, the one thing that needs to be noted is the bang that you're getting for your buck. The starting price for this particular portable projector is only $650. And what are you getting for that amount of money? A lot.. which means the features that this projector is equipped with justify the price. One of the best features is the IN1146's expansive connectivity options. This portable projector gives you the ability to present anything from a USB drive, your laptop, an SD card, or really any smart device. It can also be ordered with an optional WiFi adapter, which could make connecting on the go a lot easier . The start up time for this projector is extremely low as well, as it comes standard with an LED light engine. All of that coupled with the fact that the LED light system offers up to 30,000 hours of use before maintenance make this a very powerful contender for your dollar.

The Epson PowerLite 1770W Projector
The Epson is a bit sleeker looking than the InFocus IN1146. That being said, it needs to be more than just a pretty face, right? The PowerLite 1770W boasts a color and brightness output of 3,000 Lumens. The fact that it goes up to 1080i resolution, coupled with the brightness and color, means that you're getting a very nice picture for what you're paying. Speaking of price, this projector is a bit more than InFocus mentioned above. The PowerLite 1770W will run you around $950. Running this projector at full power will give you about 4,000 hours of usage. Tack on an extra 1,000 hours if you run it in eco mode. The USB port gives the feature of instant projection via USB Plug n' Play. This Epson projector also comes with a 2-year warranty. A bit better than the InFocus's 1-year warranty.

The Casio XJ-A257 Projector
This XJ-A257 is suited for those with a bit more scratch in their wallets. You're going to be paying about $1,500 for this projector, but again, you're getting your money's worth. It's brightness also sits at 3,000 Lumens, just like the Epson PowerLite. The max video resolution is the highest of all three, with 1080p resolution at 60 fps. It comes with a 3-year warranty as well. It's also a powerhouse in the lamp life category. It might not be 30,000 hours, but 20,000 hours of usage isn't bad either! How is it even able to achieve that amount of usage? It's all thanks to its Hybrid Light Source that combines LED light technology with laser technology to give outstanding brightness and lamp life. If you have the dough for it, the Casio XJ-A257 could be the best purchase option for anyone looking into portable projectors.

Though we have just covered three models, there are countless portable projectors out there to choose from. Before making your purchase, just make sure you know what you're going to be using your projector for and what your maximum budget will be. But in my opinion, if those two criteria are a fit, you can't really go wrong with either of these three!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sony Reveals Stunning 4K Short-Throw Projector

How much is too much? When will we, as consumers, be satisfied with what we have? The short answer probably never. In the ever growing field of visual technology, developers are hard at work making video devices that have pictures that are so crisp, so clear and so realistic that we will eventually think we are physically in the entertainment we are watching. The latest stab at this venture is 4K technology. 4K is the successor to what most of us have grown accustomed to, 1080p HD, and bills itself as UHD, or Ultra High-Definition. The technology has just recently started to creep into televisions and computer monitors but now even projector companies are getting in on the fun.

Back at CES 2014 consumers were given a taste of Sony's first attempt at a short-throw 4K projector that works as perfectly on walls as it does on projector screens. Well it didn't take Sony long to announce that not only is the projector going to be consumer ready this year but also that the US is getting THIS MONTH! In case you are unfamiliar with the technology, short-throw projectors allow you to have very large pictures without having to project the image from across the room. Basically you can set the projector right in front of the wall or screen you want to project on and the picture is big and beautiful.

The projector itself, known as the Sony Life Space UX, is a short-throw 4K projector that is housed in a sleek rectangle that looks a lot like a nice credenza, which makes it perfect for living rooms and entertainment centers as it pretty much blends in with the rest of the furniture. The overall premise of this projector is that you will have various projection and display devices hidden in different places of the room allowing you to project pictures onto a multitude of surfaces.

There are four different components that comprise the Life Space UX. There's an interactive table-top projection, an interactive metallic wall-panel, a ceiling projector and the incomparable 4K wall projector that is capable of producing a 147" picture from only a few inches away from the wall or screen (I'll give you a minute to wipe the drool from your mouth).

Sony's demonstration of the technology suggest that you pair two projectors for optimal effect, though I can't imagine a lot of people would have a use for all these different projections all over your room. Regardless, a single short-throw 4K projector looks to be a nice option if you are looking for a truly high-end home entertainment setup.

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In addition to the Life Space UX, Sony also announced that it will be making a portable version of the projector. This one is said to be easily packed up and taken with you wherever you go and is capable of projecting a 27" picture. However, I'm not entirely sure that there's even a market for projectors that small with that crisp of a picture quality but I digress. If you want the stunning Life Space UX ultra short-throw 4K projector from Sony then you better start saving as this bad boy will run you a hefty $50,000 (Fifty Thousand Dollars in case you thought that was a typo).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TouchPico Projector Turns Walls Into Touchscreens... Sort Of

Touchscreen technology is the newest craze nowadays, entering into literally every corner of the technology market, including projectors. Touchjet originally debuted a concept version of its Touchpico projector at CES 2014. The projector, which is about the size of a phablet, is an Android-powered WiFi device that, according to Touchjet, is nearly ready for production.

The TouchPico is about the size of two phablets stacked on top of each other. While it will fit into your pocket it's not a device that you'll forget you have on you. One of the key selling points for the TouchPico is that it had the ability to turn your wall into a touchscreen. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. What the projector does do is project an 80" screen on whatever surface you want. There is an included stylus that has a clicky tip which serves as your touch-device. All you have to do is tap the stylus against the wall you are projecting on and the device sends an infrared signal to the projector that registers your motion. If you attempt to use the picture like a traditional touchpad by using your finger then absolutely nothing will happen.

Slava Solonitsyn of Touchjet demoed the TouchPico for Gizmodo, using the projector with a host of different Android apps. Solonitsyn displayed how the mini projector could be used as a whiteboard, a slide stack presentation device or even a big screen for playing games. During every facet of the demo the projector responded to clicks and stylus movement without any noticeable lag, though you do have the hold the stylus in a certain way so that the shadow of your arm doesn't cover the object you are trying to click.

Internally, this projector has some good hardware. The TouchPico is packing a dual-core processor running stock Android, which means its essentially a WiFi-only device. In addition to that, it has a 150-lumen lamp and is able to run stock Android apps with no troubles. The touch sensor does not use any CPU power but instead emulates the screen on the go. What this means is that, for the moment, it is unable to do multitouch. The TouchPico also comes with two built-in speakers and a cooling fan that is relatively quiet. Solonitsyn also noted that the projector will last about 45 minutes on battery power before it needs to be plugged in.

All the engineering and designing is complete on the TouchPico and now Touchjet is looking to Indiegogo to raise money for the first round of devices. Think of it like Kickstarter with a different name. Backers will get their TouchPico projector for $350 with regular retail price set at $500 once the campaign is over. While that is a pretty steep price for a product like this you have to remember that you are essentially getting an 80" Android device that you can display on your wall and take with you anywhere you want or need to.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

MIT Researchers Developing Intense New Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Glasses-free 3D projection is something that a lot of tech companies, including the Camera Culture Group at MIT's Media Lab, have been working on for the past three years. The idea is to create a glasses-free, multiperspective, 3D video screen. This screen could provide a cheaper, more practical alternative to holographic video in the short run.

Well, it seems as if a projector has been developed that exploits the same technology, which the Camera Culture Group will unveil at this year's Siggraph, the biggest computer graphics conference in the world. In addition to that, this projector is also said to be able to improve the resolution and contrast of conventional video, which could make it a nice transitional technology as content producers learn to utilize multiperspective 3D technology more efficiently.

Multiperspective 3D is different from stereoscopic 3D in that the 3D objects allow the viewer to move among them, as if actually in the environment. This means that multiperspective 3D could have applications in areas like collaborative design or medical imaging in addition to entertainment. The researchers at MIT built a prototype of their system with the heart of it being a pair of liquid-crystal modulators that are positioned between the light source and the lens. Patterns of light and dark on the first modulator turn it into a bank of slightly angled light emitters. Light passing through the second emitter only does so at a certain angle as a result. The combinations of the patterns that the two modulators display ensures that viewers will see slightly different images from different angles.

In addition to that, the researchers also built a prototype screen that widens the angle from which their projector's images are viewed. This new screen combines two lenticular lenses similar to the type used to create rough 3D effects reminiscent of old children's books.

Each modulator displays six different patterns for every frame of video, which produce eight different viewing angles. At a high enough display rate, our visual system will combine information from different images automatically. The modulators are capable of refreshing their patterns at 240 hertz, or 240 times per second. This means that even at six patterns per frame, the system is capable of playing video at a rate of 40 hertz. Even though this is a lower refresh rate than what is common in today's HDTVs it is still higher than the 24 frames per second that is standard in films.

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I don't know how I feel about glasses-free 3D projection at the moment. I've never really been much of an enthusiast for regular 3D. I will say that I like the way 3D movies are doing more internal 3D than external. What I mean by that is that the picture looks more like an open window with the scenes looking like I could walk right into them as opposed to just a bunch of things flying off the screen out at you. This new technology could be the very first step into creating actual holographic projection.

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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