Pizza Hut’s Movie Projector Box

With all the new tech out in the market these days there is no shortages of ways to watch a movie. Apps are the go to for quick access to entertainment whether it be on your phone, tablet, or television. Pizza Hut came up with a whole new concept of a movie night and thought way out of the box by taking a second look at their pizza boxes that reaches the homes of countless of homes across the world.

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Pizza Hut teamed up with a Hong Kong PR firm to develop the Blockbuster Box. The idea of re-purposing product packaging isn’t anything new by a long shot, but in this sense it is entirely new. The Blockbuster Box concept is to combine packaging, food, and everyone’s favorite mobile tech all together for a night at the movies delivered to your door. Here’s the simple process:

  1. Order a pizza delivered to your door
  2. Punch out a preforated hole on the pizza box and inserted the provided lens
  3. Get the Pizza Hut movie app by scanning the code on the box
  4. Place your phone in front of the lens and hit play while enjoying your pizza

Movie night has just been delivered and it’s wrapped in a deliciously illustrated box that you might even want to keep after devouring your pie. While the box has not made it to U.S. shores yet it is one of the intended market so keep an eye out. We sure are.

Playing Drive Club On My Playstation 4 Pico Projector

More and more people are getting into projectors as their option for gaming as opposed to the a television set. Some say that gaming with such little out put in brightness is not worth it as you would have to play in complete darkness. The resolution of pico projectors aren’t too appealing for the serious gamers either but we’ve heard otherwise for those who like the idea of a portable display that they can easily take around to friends house and use for other recreations.


In any case the popularity for gaming on projection is on the rise and it is evident with the announcement from Sony that they will be pushing out their own little pico projector the MPCL1. A lot of PlayStation fans are excited for it and others are skeptical. We thought it would be nice to have a go at playing on a pico projector ourselves and share our thoughts before the MPCL1 hits store shelves.



The pico projector that we used in our experiment is the AAXA ST200. We chose this projector because it’s around the same price point as the Sony MPCL1 at just under $350 on Amazon and both are classified as pico projectors.  The difference lies in the projection technology. The Sony MPCL1 uses laser projection and is said to output only 32 lumens of brightness according to an article on GizNoise while the AAXA ST200 uses LED lights and pushes out 150 lumens. But because of the differences in contrast (beam-steered lasers offer very high contrast) we feel comparing a 32 Lumen laser to a 150 Lumen pico is pretty fair as the perceived brightness will probably be pretty similar.  Both projectors said to have the ability to produce a maximum image size of 100 inches.

The Game we chose to use on the pico projector is Drive Club. With its fast action scene and different levels of brightness from all the stage options and variety of cars we feel it will give a good understanding how pico projectors is able to perform all around.ferrari_frontferrari_rear_1



Game play in a dim lit room wasn’t as bad as we’ve heard at a screen size equivalent to a 60” t.v. the AAXA ST200 performed well. Of course in a totally dark room it did even better and the short throw feature was perfect for gaming in a small sized room. Even with minimal light in the room the brightness was still good and the 720p resolution is also good.

To conclude; if the performance of the AAXA ST200 is any indication of the joy one can get from playing your favorite games on a pico projector the Sony MPCL1 sales is sure to be high. We will have to wait and see how the 32 lumens laser projection compares.

The AAXA ST200 720P HD 1280×720 LED Projector can be found on Amazon


1,000fps On a Projector?

Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Electron Device Ltd co-developed a high-speed projector capable of projecting images with a frame rate of 1,000fps.

The projector has an 8-bit color scale (256 levels) and a resolution of 1,024 x 768. When combined with a high-speed camera having a frame rate of 1,000fps, it is capable of projection mapping on a fast-moving object.

 It recognizes an object in real time with the high-speed vision technology. It takes three millisecond to project an image (lag time).

The projector realizes the high-speed operation for a frame rate of 1,000fps by adding original control techniques to Texas Instruments Inc’s DLP (digital light processing) system. The DLP is an optical engine using a DMD (digital micromirror device) that is made by using a MEMS (micro-electric-mechanical system) to form many micromirrors on a silicon chip.

It takes images by changing the orientation of each mirror and turning the irradiation of reflected light on/off for each pixel. It has already been widely used in projectors for use in homes and movie theaters. But their frame rates are usually 30-120fps.

This time, to realize the frame rate of 1,000fps, a new driving technology was developed mainly by Tokyo Electron Device. There were some challenges. For example, when the orientations of micromirrors on the DMD were frequently changed, the mirrors did not go back to desired orientations. The company solved such problems to make commercialization possible.

For the fast-speed operation, a control circuit embedded with an FPGA was newly developed. Also, an original communication interface for high-speed transmission of image data was newly employed.

Budget Pocket Projectors





Not everyone can shout out the big bucks for the best of the best, but do you really need the best? The speed at which technology is growing has its advantages and if you’re a patient person it can pay off. The best most expensive thing today is tomorrows outdated discount item.


If you are trying to share movies or photos with a crowd and your projected picture is huge but fuzzy, you might as well share them on a tiny laptop screen instead. In our search for the perfect budget micro projector we looked for units that were as economical as possible but still able to offer a good viewing experience.  We considered these characteristics while evaluating projectors:


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Look for projectors that have the flexibility to maintain that good quality image even at larger, crowd-friendly sizes – measuring up to 200 inches diagonally in some cases. You won’t get the crisp clear image of an expensive unit but it will be good enough for everyone to enjoy.

One of the best things about good budget micro projectors is that you can take them anywhere. Running on battery and fitting into a small bag gives you mobility. LED Pico projecters are great for trips and camping.

We expect this category of projectors to make life easier in every way. Even at the budget price range we expected to see a wide range of connections so you can hook one of these up to a wide range of devices via HDMI, mini-HDMI, or VGA. Use your phone, tablet, or laptop.

Ease of Use


Budget micro projectors can be useful for business, but they’re inexpensive enough to be perfect for recreation . That means they should be easy to use for just about anyone. There should be very little time required to get these out of the box and start using them.

Help & Support
We expect the manufacturers of any product to stand by it with excellent warranties and customer service. If you have a question about your projector it should be easy to find the answer.

Since your investment is going to be a couple hundred dollars instead of a couple thousand, your micro budget projector will be the one you can let the kids use for a sleepover, the one that you can take with you anywhere.

Save the Chalk and Markers, the TouchJet Pond is Here


With the way the world is advancing these days, it’s no surprise that technology continues to expand its reach. TouchJet made a huge leap in the technological realm recently, introducing their ‘Pond’ product, a portable pico projector that has the ability to turn any flat surface into an interactive Android touchscreen. This can have huge implications for business professionals and families alike, as it eliminates the need to invest in large projector screens or interactive whiteboards, which usually cost around the 3k mark. The TouchJet Pond is set to cost roughly $760.  TouchJet has raised nearly $900,000 in pre-sales through the crowd-funding site IndieGoGo in 2014.

How Does It Work?

So, what makes the TouchJet Pond unique? For starters, it has an inbuilt system running Android 4.4, making the interface very familiar for Android users. More importantly, TouchJet aims to remove the need for an HDMI adapter, as they utilize a microUSB port for ease of connection with any Android smartphone. It comes packed with a WVGA resolution (854×480), measuring at 3 x 11 x 10cm, and weighing just 300g. It comes complete with two styluses, components that make possible a virtual touch screen.

Upon projecting the desired content, pressing the stylus onto the projection surface activates the IR transmitter, which then gets decoded and turns the signal into a touch input. Calibrating the receiver using a pre-installed app makes the taps on the projection feel very responsive. Additionally, using other apps that rely on touches (i.e. whiteboard or drawing software) gives users the feel of actually writing.

Now, it’s important to mention how the interactive features actually operates. The IR receiver relies on line of sight, so users must be cautious to not stand directly in front of the projection source when writing/drawing on the surface. Unfortunately, this means users must stand off to the side, which might create an uncomfortably awkward situation. This can be a slight setback, but another feature overshadows this aspect. If the projection surface is a textured wall, users can still utilize the interactive feature without having contorted lines by pressing a button on the stylus. Users will then be able to hover right above the projection surface without touching it.
The Pond features an 80 Lumen LCD lamp, which is not really the most impressive feature. However, TouchJet claims to have placed the product at varying distances from different surfaces and were able to nail down adequate image qualities. They do recommend, however, that users choose a flat, white surface to optimize image quality. It boasts a 20,000 hour lamp life, about four times that of many traditional lamp projectors. There is an economy mode that makes it capable to run for up to two hours. It’s important to note that the brightness level goes down to about 50 Lumens in this setting.
A Bluetooth remote controls the onscreen cursor, while the IR remote emulates keystrokes. Users can also control the Pond using their own Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. You will also have the option to connect a regular USB keyboard or mouse into the microUSB port through an included microUSB to female USB adapter.
Additional features are built-in WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, a microUSB port, miniHDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal speakers are not very powerful, so users are advised to acquire a separate Bluetooth speaker.


What To Take Away

All in all, the TouchJet Pond is a great alternative to traditional interactive whiteboard systems. However, its limitations come in the form of the lack of brightness, fair resolution, and the limitations of its IR system. However, it is a perfect portable tool for business professionals and families seeking a great interactive multimedia experience. Although it is a revolutionary product that is taking steps in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether or not other electronics powerhouses will follow in their footsteps.

Asus’ E1Z Pico Projector Promises No More HDMI Adapters

Do you ever find yourself annoyed with the fact that you have to buy additional accessories and complementary tools to maximize the use of a product? For example, purchasing a projector doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you can open it right out of the box and display whatever you want. Often times consumers will find that they need additional cables and adapters to display a projection from their electronic devices. Sure, projectors these days come in compact sizes and are very portable, but the fact that the inputs require users to have an adapter of some sort readily available poses a red flag for some. Most pico projectors today have HDMI inputs, which then require adapters if users are to display multimedia content from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. In a way, this can defeat the purpose of convenience, and ultimately introduces a problem with the product’s pitch.

It seems as though Asus understands this issue, as they recently introduced their latest product–the E1Z, an LED projector that links to an Android device solely through a microUSB connection. They’re calling this “the world’s first.”


What To Expect

Interestingly, Asus has not yet revealed intricate specs such as the brightness, resolution, and the product’s availability. What we do know is that it boasts a 100% NTSC color gamut and a full RGB color spectrum support, both of which should create a vivider video-watching and game-playing experience. It can also serve as a 6,000 mAh charge station, as it has a rechargeable battery. The E1Z will most likely be around $200, as informed by Engadget.

The real question here lies in how the E1Z compares to its competitors. Yes, it does feature a microUSB connection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a revolutionary product. Sure, it provides users with an easy connection method, but users can get a substantially better experience with a different product using an HDMI adapter.

Assuming the E1Z is sold at $200, Asus looks to be putting out an affordable and easy-to-use projector for the traveling family or the entertainment enthusiast. It’ll definitely be a product worth experimenting with. Whether or not other competitor companies will follow in Asus’ direction of developing an adapter-free projector remains to be seen!

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Beam, a projector that you won’t even know is there.

We’re always checking out kickstarter and indiegogo for cool new projector technology looking for funding.  Recently a projector showed up that is definitely out of the ordinary.


The Beam, an android powered pico projector disguised as a lightbulb.  If you didn’t know what this product was you would almost look right past it.

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The creators of beam skipped the usual battery requirement that is expected of most picos and instead gave it the ability to be screwed in and powered to any regular light bulb socket.  This gives the unit a constant 120v power source that doesn’t leave the user wishing that they were more mobile.  This goes well with the basic idea of the beam as the unit is meant to be stationary and almost forgotten like a light bulb is.  One of the main ways that they get away with this is the application that integrates with the android OS installed on the Beam.




As you can see, the beam has access to most of the same apps that you can get on any android device via the android market.  But more importantly you can see the app that integrates directly with the projector.

The projector works mostly through if/and statements just like in programming which allows you to make different scenarios that almost make it so that you don’t have to interface with the projector.

You can give it scenarios where there are certain people in the house (determined through bluetooth), certain times, etc that allow the projector to display relevant information without you even telling it to.

As shown in the image above, the beam also includes “LED mode” which lets the beam act as a normal light bulb and not interfere with your home’s lighting scheme.

Currently there are not specs released on the beam but as the unit is very small the performance is not amazing as you would expect from a lightbulb sized unit.



The usage for a unit of this power would most likely be for personal use in the dark or for information displays in offices, however we still think its really cool and also very honest of the company to show the true performance of a unit this size.

When more information on the beam is released we will update with another post on its full potential but until then check out their kickstarter page and consider backing this project to help make sure that it sees the light of day.


Pico Projector Market to be worth $9.32B by 2020

In a new market research report by MarketsandMarkets, the pico projector market is estimated to reach $9.32B by 2020, growing at a rate of 39.82% from 2014 to 2020.

The market is growing steadily due to increased demand for these products, the implementation we’ve seen in the past year in tablets and smartphones are driving growth, including new products from the usual AAXA, 3M, etc.

Another area of the market that pico projectors have found themselves in is aerospace, defense, automotive (Heads-Up Displays), business, education, healthcare, and even retail.

The major constraints right now on the pico projector market are a few things, brightness and safety, safety being mainly concerned with laser-based projectors.

We’re excited for the market to grow even more, we’ll always be here to bring you the latest in pico projector news.

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Altec Lansing makes a projector that looks kind of familiar.

Altec Lansing has been around for a very long time (79 years to be exact) and we’re sure that almost everyone has had one of their speaker products at some point whether they were purchased at a store, included with a computer, or even put into a car stereo system.  This is why we were surprised when we caught wind that the same company was going to be releasing a pico projector, and one with a mono 1w speaker at that.  Today we’re going to be doing some coverage on this projector and giving you all the details about if this unit is worth it.


As you can see, the projector is very plain.  It’s a small white unit with buttons on the side which is a design we’ve seen from many other pico projector manufacturers.  A great example is the AAXA Technologies LED pico:


Code named the PJD-5134 the Altec Lansing made projector does have some impressive specifications for its size, despite its likelihood to the LED pico.  It sports a 135 lumen optical engine, 4000 MhA battery capable of 60 minutes, and a resolution of 854×480 which is actually starting to be considered low for pico projectors although at it’s small size we cannot complain.



Speaking of its small size, as you can see from the image above, the PJD-5134 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, which also means that it will fit nicely into pockets, purses, briefcases, and laptop cases just as well.

Currently however all of these great features come at a pretty high cost of $449.  This is a price that we definitely think is going to need to come down for anyone to actually pick this product up off the shelf.  Especially when you can get up to 550 lumens off other models for that price.

We haven’t been able to get one of these units in yet to test but it’s definitely something that we’re looking to do in the future if possible. For now you can check it out for yourself by ordering over at, we’ll post a link below to the listing.


Projector Showdown: AAXA P300 vs Incredisonic PMJ-400

Incredisonic recently released a new projector on the market, the PMJ-400.  We don’t blame you if you haven’t heard of this brand of projectors before, although they’ve been manufacturing different electronics for awhile this is actually their first projector ever, and we have to say that it is a pretty good start.  To see how Incredisonics first ever projector compares to the rest of the market we have decided to do a showdown between it and one of the more popular pico projectors that has been on the market for some time now, the AAXA P300.  Both projectors are similar in size, specs, and features so we’re really interested in how this is going to go down, we’re going to be covering everything from brightness to boot-up time and also a detailed spec by spec break down to completely show how each of these projectors compare.



PMJ-400 P300
Lumens 400 300
Light Source LED LED
Native Resolution 1280×800 1280×800
Max Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080
Max Image Size 1920×1080 120 Inch
Contrast Ratio 2000:1 2000:1
Audio 1 x 3w Mono Speaker 2 x 1w Stereo Speakers
Weight 1.5 Lbs 1.3 Lbs
Size 5.90″(L) x 4.25″(W) x 1.77″(H) 5.90″(L) x 3.8″(W) x 1.5″(H)
Optional Battery No Yes
Focus Manual Manual
Keystone Yes (Automatic) Yes (Manual)
Inputs HDMI, VGA, Composite, 3.5mm Audio Out, USB HDMI, Mini-VGA, Composite, 3.5mm Audio Out, USB, SD Card
Price  $499.95  $419.00

So as you can see, these projectors are very similar in almost every aspect, it looks like the incredisonic is claiming a slightly higher lumen count than the AAXA and the P300 is claiming better sound and a smaller package.  Specs aren’t everything though, we wanted to see how these two units really performed so we brought one of each in and put them head to head in a test to see which unit actually looked better.


The first thing that we noticed right out of the box about the two units is how equal in size they are.  When set next to each other its almost hard to determine which unit is actually smaller however from the spec sheet we know that the AAXA is negligibly smaller.  Another thing we noticed was weight difference.  You wouldn’t think that .2 of a pound would make a large difference in how heavy the unit feels but we found that it really does when its in your hand.  Is it going to stop you from throwing either one in your bag and taking it with you?  Definitely not and we doubt you would notice the difference however when you’re holding each one the incredisonic is definitely heavier.  As far as cosmetic details go we really liked both designs, the black on white P300 has a certain classy-ness to it while the gold on black design of the incredisonic paired well with each other,  both have glossy tops and similar button layouts.

Both units included the cables we needed to hook it up to basically anything we needed minus an HDMI cable, however it is very common for projectors not to include an HDMI cable now-a-days so thats not something that bothered us.  We wanted to see exactly how the picture of these two units compared so we put them on their tripods and loaded up the new Star Wars trailer onto USB sticks and set them to see just what they looked like.


As you can see, although these projectors are close in specifications, they do not even come close to producing the same image.

Before anyone says that that the projectors are at different angles, we would like to state that they are actually at exactly the same distance from the wall in this image.  The AAXA P300 has a slightly better throw ratio which allows it to create a larger image at the same distance as the PMJ-400.

In addition, the color temperature on the PMJ-400 seems to have bit too much green in it which is especially noticeable in the skin tones of the actor and in the sand.  Now, to be fair, these tests were conducted straight out of the box with no calibration, we’re sure that the Incredisonic could look better given some adjustments but we were impressed that the AAXA “just worked” right out of the box.  The Contrast ratio seems to be very similar and we’re thinking that both units are correct in their claim of 2000:1.

The sound quality of the units are almost identical, the AAXA has two 1 watt speakers which do offer high quality audio but at a low volume and the incredisonic has one 3 watt speaker that allows for slightly higher volume but reduced audio quality.  All in all wed say that the audio for either unit is not a selling point.

Lastly, the brightness, even on the menu it’s clear that these two units are very, very close in brightness.  We actually already know that the P300’s claim at 300 lumens is accurate as we have previously reviewed this unit and put it up to the light meter test, that being said we’re pretty sure that the incredisonic’s claim of 400 lumens can’t be fully correct.  When you put two projectors with different brightness-es next to each other the difference between the two becomes very obvious, as you can see in the picture the brightness looks almost the same between the two units.  Since we have confirmed the brightness of the P300 we can safely assume that the PMJ-400 is actually closer to 300 lumens than it is 400.

Other than that the units were both very easy to use and had similar start-up times of about 7-10 seconds which is very impressive, our only gripe was that the PMJ-400 does not have a dedicated “back” button for use in the media player and menus, this was easy to work around by using the remote or navigating to the menu and then out of it but we thought having the button would have been a nice touch.

We made a video comparing the video quality of both units so that you can see them in action both with a live action video and animation for yourself.

Pros and Cons:



– Higher Volume

– Focus knob instead of wheel

-Automatic Keystone


– Color Temperature needs to be adjusted out of the box

– Brightness is lower than expected

– Lower audio quality

– No SD card support



-Better audio quality

-Color temperatures are realistic out of the box

-Has a “back” button for ease of use

-Supports SD Cards


-Quieter audio

-Manual Keystone


After reviewing both of these projectors we have to say that we can’t find a whole lot that is different about them.  The AAXA does seem to have a slightly better image quality and a better throw ratio but the PMJ-400 is not bad by any means.  The PMJ-400 does feature full-sized inputs which is nice but since AAXA includes all needed cables to use the projector we didn’t find the smaller ports on the P300 to be an issue.  The sound quality, build quality, weight, and size of the units all seem to be almost identical.

We think the biggest con here is that the PMJ-400 comes in at $80 over the P300, and with the brightness being almost identical we don’t if it would be worth the price.  Don’t get us wrong, for incredisonic’s first venture into the market of projectors it was a great first try and we’re excited to see what they come out with in the future although we do think that for this product to be able to compete in the market it definitely needs to be priced lower.