AAXA Technologies Releases the World’s Brightest Battery Powered Projector

It’s not everyday that a company releases a groundbreaking product, for AAXA, that day has come with the release of their M4 Mobile LED Projector.

The M4 is a compact projector that houses a new next generation optical engine providing 800 Lumens.  The built-in battery provides around 90 minutes of playback at 400 Lumens, which is still an insane amount for a battery projector.  Another great convenience is that the M4 offers a DTV function, if you have an antenna for your TV, you can plug the Antenna right into the projector and watch TV as you normally would on your TV, this adds a great deal of convenience and functionality to the unit.

AAXA has yet to send us one as a demo unit (please!) but from what content they’ve published on this unit it seems like a serious contender for anyone making presentations, this gives a full sized projector a definite run for it’s money.

Here’s a full breakdown of the specs:

Native Resolution: 1280×800 (WXGA)
Brightness (Plugged In): 800 Lumens
Brightness (Battery): 400 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Maximum Image Size: 150″
Keystone Adjustment: Automatic
Speakers & Audio: 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Headphone Jack
File Playback: MicroSD & USB Host
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Dimensions: 8.3″ x 5.3″ x 3.1″
Weight: 2.44 lbs

Inputs: HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V, DTV Antenna

You can find more info on the M4 Mobile LED Projector on AAXA’s Website: http://aaxatech.com/products/m4_mobile_led_projector.html

M4 Mobile LED Projector

Video Conferencing with a Smart Projector

One thing that’s always been a dream of mine is something you see in those futuristic movies, someone walks into a room, sits down and can start video chatting without any expensive or space consuming equipment.  Laptops brought this but if you have a large group of people it becomes hard to crowd around a small screen.

I had heard about some smart projectors coming out like AAXA’s LED Android and LG’s PA75U but I had never really put the dots together as to what you could do with them.  I saw this video online, the creator is demoing the video conferencing setup with their AAXA LED Android, it appears to work pretty smoothly with the Logitech webcam used.

Now if only I could setup something like this!

First Projection Watch to Debut February 2015

Ritot Smartwatch

 

A new watch is on the horizon that will change the game for everyone. This watch will be sleek and light, but will not have a face. This new watch is the Ritot Smartwarch. It is hailed as the “first projection watch”. Unlike traditional watches, which have a conventional display with either an LED digital face or an analog face, this watch will instead use a pico projector to project everything on the back of the hand.

Users can choose to view the time in more than 20 colors. Available in Sport or Bracelet designs Ritot offers vibrating notifications, messages and alerts. A shake of the wrist will dismiss a notification. Users can also set up their smartwatch to receive notifications like emails, calendar alerts, text messages, caller ID, Facebook messages, tweets, weather alerts and more will be projected by Ritot. After 10 seconds the projection will automatically disappear. Battery life will be around 150 hours in projection mode and 1 month in stand-by mode.

Even though the team behind it says that the pico projector is good enough for use in both night and day, we really have to see it in the flesh to ascertain how good or bad the readability is under direct sunlight. 

Dos Owls ODIN: Portable, Android Smart-Projector

Dos Owls Odin Pico Projector
Dos Owls Odin Pico Projector

From the AAXA’s LED Android to PhoneSuit’s Lightplay, there are many pico projectors that have a brain of it’s own.  The newest entry to an OS powered projector is the ODIN that runs Android.

Today Dos Owls successfully finished their campaign on Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to begin production. They successfully surpassed that goal by almost $20,000. Those who paid at least $445 will get their units in December; and then the device will hit regular stores with a MSRP of $845.

Specs wise, the ODIN sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and built-in stereo speakers, which allow folks to use it as a wireless speaker. Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show, and yes – you can install any app on ODIN and beam it to the wall.

When it comes to the lamp ODIN uses, it’s pretty much what we would expect from any pico projector – it’s a 115 lumen bulb with 1000:1 contrast ratio, and resolution of 854×480 pixels. We would love it even more if it was HD, but I something’s got to give, I guess.

The ODIN comes with a 3,000 mAh battery that promises a little over an hour of entertainment at full brightness or two hours in the so called “portable mode.” Alternatively, if you use ODIN as a wireless speaker, you can get up to 8 hours of music playback; though that’s not the point.

I’m kinda sad I haven’t caught ODIN before, cause now you can’t get it. I thought it’s worth talking about nevertheless. Hopefully, this won’t be the last Android-powered portable pico projector and that soon enough, we’ll be choosing between multiple different options.

Pico Projector Tracing

If you are not to artistically inclined or you maybe you are and want to turn your wall into a mural of what you just painted on a small canvas then this is for you!

If you don’t have a pico projector then you best go and buy one! Once you have your pico projector, you’ll need a design and a canvas. Simply projector you design from the pico projector on to your canvas and then start tracing away.

To give you an idea heres an instructables of tracing a design onto a cake.

Make Your Pico Projector Wireless With Chromecast

 

Pico projectors are small and plugging in a bunch of wires to just makes it hard to keep steady if you’re using a tabletop tripod.  So why not make it wireless?

This device uses your local WiFi connection to send audio and video securely from one device to another. Chromecast will basically create its own network with your WiFi to securely connect to your devices.
How to use Chromecast
 
Connect your Chromecast to your pico projector via the HDMI port. 
Download the Chromecast mobile application on your android/iOS devices or the desktop application.
Lastly, launch the application and enter your WiFi information.
Once you’ve completed these easy steps you can start mirroring your devices on your projector!
Phillips_CES_Preview_2014-95

PicoPix PPX3610 Android Based Wifi Pico Projector with Touch Navigation?

Phillips_CES_Preview_2014-95

This year at CES 2014 Phillips showed off its new PicoPix PPX3610. Its an Android based pico projector that has wifi capability. The catchiest thing about this pico projector is that its physical navigation button is not a button at all, its a touch pad? …Yup, you can swipe and select through your menu of applications with your finger.

The wifi connectivity means you can run Netflix and Candy Crush on the projector just as you would a Word doc, although your mileage may vary when using the touchpad as opposed to a touchscreen. The brightness of the LED-powered DLP light engine is 100 lumens, which is pretty good for the pico projector category, although some designs are rated as high as 300 lumens.

Since the use case is quite different, the projector’s battery life isn’t anywhere near your regular Galaxy Tab. The PicoPix lasts a mere 2 hours, but you can buy an optional dock (see below) that extends the life to a total of four hours. The dock also adds 2-watt stereo speakers to add some oomph to those YouTube videos.

The PicoPix PPX3610 will be available in January for $549.

[Mashable.com]

Favi Pico+

Favi Entertainment Has New Pico+ Wifi Projector Supporting Miracast

 

FAVI pico+™ - WiFi Pico Projector with Miracast (J6-LED-PICO)

Favi Entertainment has a new mobile projector called the Favi Pico+ that is wifi enabled and supports Miracast and Airplay wireless playback. It syncs with mobile devices and laptops to project content on projection screens up to 100 inches in size. The company’s new Pico+ projector, unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is about the size of typical smartphone and packs a 5000mAh battery supplying three hours of continuous playback in eco-mode.

 

 

head-up-featured

Lemoptix Set To Unveil Second Generation HUD and 720p pico projector at CES 2014

This year at CES 2014 in Las Vegas Lemoptix will be demonstrating their new Heads-Up-Display (HUD) pico projector that may change the way we travel.

Key Features:

  • High brightness – greater than 40’000 cd/m2 on the EPE (Exit Pupil Expander)
  • High contrast ratio – no parasitic light, compared to existing HUD display technologies
  • “Real Black” – no postcard effect (typically happening in current display technologies, due to backlight and full frame illumination)
  • High colour gamut – greater than 200% NTSC
  • High power efficiency – lower than 4 Watts
  • Possibility of software-based image ratio modification by changing image width and height by changing the mirror scanning amplitude
  • Software capability to compensate real time video stream image distortion on non flat surface
  • Small volume system, based on Lemoptix HUD-dedicated 3 cc Optical Engine

[www.lemoptix.com]

 

 

QP Optoelectronics unveiling new Short Throw Pico Projector at CES 2014

Short throw pico projectors are getting more and more of a standard. People have limited space but want a bigger image at a shorter distance and QP Optoelectronics is set to unveil their new short throw pocket projector at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas.

QP Optoelectronics Widescreen

 

In just a few weeks, QP Optoeletronics will debut some exciting new developments with their ultra-short throw pico projection technology.  Continuous improvements have resulted in a projection engine that has throw ratios of 0.5 to 0.3.  A typical pico projector will have a throw ratio of 1.4 to 2.2.  This means that a user can produce images that are 3-5 times (or greater) in size from a fixed distance.  This is a critical advantage for a pico projector. James Lupino, QP Optoelectonics’ Vice President of Business Development states, “We believe 2014-2015 is where innovative products will emerge that include our short throw projector as a key enabling component.”QP Opto is targeting both mobile projection, as well as head-up displays (HUD) and mobile eyewear, where greater throw ratio and high brightness are beneficial.  We look forward to seeing these latest advancements from QP Optoelectronics and will publish any new developments here, at Picopros.com!

[www.picopros.com]