Does Apple’s New iPhone 12 Come With Its Own Mini Projector?!

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Even though the iPhone 11 just became the go-to phone, Apple is making huge moves towards the next generation in their phone line up. Leaks of Apple‘s ideas for the 12 have begun to emerge that is getting the pico and micro projector market buzzing. Yes, the iPhone 12 being the first 5G phone is exciting, but the news that is getting all of us exciting is the fact that the iPhone 12 is suppose to have a built-in mini projector.

Now, this projector isn’t going to be set up the same way we are used to setting our LED micro projectors up at home. To enable this projector instead of pressing a button the user pulls two inserts from either end of the phone and projects in both directions. This allows you to display onto the nearest flat surface to watch movies, games, or watch your Vlogging videos on YouTube. This is an extremely interesting concept that will hopefully open up more doors for the pico projector market. Our biggest concern for this is really the brightness and picture quality. Hopefully, Apple is able to bring their concept to life with enough brightness and picture quality to give pocket projectors that represent the LED Pico Projector community like AAXA’s M6, Vamvo’s Mini, AAXA’s P7, and Sony’s MP-CD1 a good name. Check out the Apple iPhone 12 trailer to see it in action for yourself.

30,000 Lumen Projector at ISE 2020

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Get your sunglasses on and don’t stare directly at the lens. Last month at Integrated System Europe Expo Epson unveiled a projector with a blistering 30,000-lumen output. For a frame of reference, AAXA’s 4k1 mini projector which can comfortably cover a 200″ surface has 1,500 lumens. Epson refers to this projector as the EB-L30000U. By double stacking this projector, users can achieve a high-quality, cost-effective 60,000 4k lumens solution. This bright large venue projector is going to have some great uses for the professional audiovisual company but may be overkill for the standard home theatre. For reference, this video below is what 30,000 Lumens look like.

If you want a projector that is bright but will also not destroy your eyesight and wake the neighbors whenever you watch a movie, I highly recommend you look at the pico projector market. The current pico projector market has produced high-quality projects that shine brighter and have great picture quality. Companies like Optoma, Kodak, AAXA, Epson and others are the front runners of a market that produces projectors that produce a high lumen output, support a great picture quality, and are compact enough to fit in your hand. For example, AAXA Technologies’ P7 boasts a 600 LED Lumen output and supports up to 1080p, and Kodak’s Ultra Mini Pico Projector supports 1080p with 50-100 lumens.

However, if you are an AV professional or you want to have a movie night on the side of your barn then this projector is perfect for you. In all seriousness the advancements with LED technology and picture quality in projectors are exciting, and we can wait to see this trickle down to the pico projector market.

Compact Projector Astonishes Australian Art Festival Goers

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The Adelaide Fringe Festival known for being the world’s second-biggest art festival introduced an awe-inspiring interactive art installation with the help of FujiFilm’s FP-Z500 Ultra Short Throw Project. This projector is equipped with the world’s first folded two- axial rotatable lens that allows for omnidirectional image projection without moving the unit. In layman’s terms, this projector has the ability to direct its lens up, down, front, rear, left and right to project images without having to be physically moved. Another awesome bit of news for us micro projector fans is that Fujifilm was able to fit all of this technology in a fairly compact body measuring only 108 mm thick. Hopefully, technology like this will trickle down to the pico projector market!

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The versatility of this projector allowed Karl ‘ Winda’ Telfer’s Yabarra – Dreaming in Light to come to life as the festival’s main attraction. Some highlights of this projector’s work are its ability to project simultaneously on the walls, floor, and ceiling without any seams in the image. Fujifilm’s FP-Z5000 has not only been able to project these images but has retained the images picture quality, maintaining the rich and vibrant colors that the artist envisioned.

The two men responsible for coming up with the idea of using the FP-Z5000 are Milenko Novakovic and Leko Novakovic, the co-owners of Novatech Creative Event Technology, the audiovisual company in charge of providing and installing the equipment on Yabarra – Dreaming in Light. Leko is quoted as saying “The FP-Z5000 is such a unique product and Milenko had some great ideas of how we could use these projectors in new and innovative ways, one of which was for the Yabarra – Dreaming installation, so we decided on an initial purchase of four units.”

The dreaming light installation is available at the Adelaide Fringe Festival until March 15th. If you are in the area check out the installation and comment on what you think of the projector. For the rest of us we can learn more about the compact projector here:

Where to Start when Building a Smart Home?

The idea of DIYing your own smart home and completing it with connected devices in every room can be fascinating. But for beginners, there is the ultimate question – where to start? There are just so many variables as well as options in the market. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back by providing you this Smart Home DIY 101 Guideline.

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Starting from your mobile phone or tablet – choose a system. Systems, provided by major players including Google, Apple, Samsung, and Amazon, can empower the Internet of Things (IoT) and are getting more and more sophisticated. You can start with HomeKit if you are a persistent Apple fan or SmartThings if you just got the new Samsung S8, although we are witnessing a rising trend for smart devices to be compatible with both. Or you can go with a universal one – Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Between these two, Amazon has a larger device ecosystem since it has been on the market longer while Google is speeding to catch up.

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Next, you will want a home assistant. Once you pick out the system on which you want to build your smart home, it’s a lot easier to choose the home assistant and vice versa. Amazon Echo and Google Home are currently the two favorite gadgets of tech savvies. Just yesterday (Sep. 27), Amazon announced two new Echo products – a shorter Echo and Echo Plus. Apple fans can also wait until December for the HomePod. CNET has a great article and video review to compare Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Congratulations, you have got your foundation all set up! We will continue this guideline by proposing different smart devices in each room of your lovely home.

A New Player into the 4K TV Battle – Roku 4K Streaming Stick

According to a report from Zatz Not Funny!, Roku is going to introduce a new 4K Streaming Stick+ to compete with Chromecast Ultra this fall. The new Streaming Stick+ will join the lineup mid-range, with the universal remote while maintaining an elongated stick presentation versus changing it to a dongle form like Google has or Amazon will have.

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As the company is marching towards an IPO, it will be interesting to see how the market will respond to this new stick, especially given the new Apple TV and the upcoming two Amazon Fire TV models. Also, it would be a question mark whether the new streaming stick+ can replace or cannibalize the currently popular Roku Ultra.

Two New Members Will Join the Amazon Fire TV Family Later This Year

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At the end of this year, you won’t have to give up Amazon Fire TV just because it doesn’t support 4K HDR videos! Amazon has two new Fire TVs coming out late 2017, according to a report on Sep. 11 by AFTVnews. Both models will be capable of handling 4K HDR video at 60 frames per second.

The first new model, positioned as mid-tier, will fill the gap between the existing Fire TV Stick and a new top-tier model. It uses a dongle form factor that hangs off a permanently attached HDMI cable, similar to the Google Chromecast.

The new top-tier Fire TV is said to be a cube shaped set-top box that will become Amazon’s new flagship model. AFTVnews said that this new model is equipped with far-field microphones, an integrated speaker, as well as an LED light bar. It has the same functionality as an Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free Alexa interaction and control. It also has an IR emitter to allow for controlling televisions and other A/V equipment.

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The new mid-tier Fire TV will most likely be announced this month and released next month with a pricing point between $60 and $80 while the new top-tier model will be announced soon after and probably cost consumers around $100.

AAXA Technologies Releases P300 Neo – a Revision of the Best Portable Mini Projector of 2015

If you are recently considering purchasing a mini projector, you won’t want to miss this! Last month, AAXA Technologies announced its release of the P300 Neo Pico Projector – a revision of its most popular P300, which was rated as the Best Portable Mini Projector of 2015 by the Wirecutter. The new model comes in with more lumens and higher resolution while reducing size and weight by over 40%.

Like most models of AAXA Technologies, the P300 Neo is an ultra-compact projector – measuring just 5.5” x 3.5” x 1.2” which is about the size of two smartphones stacked together. In spite of its portable size, this model can deliver 420 LED Lumens of brightness at a native resolution of 720P HD (1280X720). Powered by a 30,000 hour LED light source, the P300 Neo can display up to 120” images in dark areas.

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We will be excited to make a side-by-side comparison for P300 and P300 Neo once we receive the demo unit from AAXA. So FOLLOW OUR BLOGS!

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Here is a full breakdown of the specs:

  • Native Resolution: 1280×720 (720P)
  • Max Brightness: 420 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Projection Lens: Manual Focus
  • Projection Image: 10” ~ 120” (only in dark room)
  • 150 Minute Lithium lon Built-in Battery (Eco Mode)
  • 30,000 Hour LED Light Source
  • Dimensions: 5.5” x 3.5” x 1.2”
  • Weight: 0.84 lbs
  • Supported Formats: MP3/WMA/OGG/WAV/JPG/AVI/BMP/GIF/TXT
  • Video In: HDMI, Composite A/V, Mini-VGA, Full-size USB 2.0

This excellent upgrade model is only $294, which is $85 off the P300 Pico Projection. You can find more information on AAXA’s Website: http://www.aaxatech.com/products/P300neo_pico_projector.html

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Projectors – Part I

Projectors are widely used in education and business sectors as well as embraced by regular consumers for home theaters. While many articles are talking about purchasing projectors for both business and home theatre applications, we would like to focus on answering questions that we observe are asked most frequently.

1)    Why does the brightness differ significantly among different projector models?

Lumens are the basic measure of brightness; and the larger the number is, the brighter the projector is. Projectors for various applications are designed to have different brightness – business projectors are brighter since business presentations are usually in conference rooms under standard office lighting. Moreover, with other factors being the same, a brighter model is typically more expensive.

However, be aware that there are two standards of lumen – ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) lumen and ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) lumen. 3000 ISO lumens can turn out to be 200 ANSI lumens. So don’t be fooled by the number. You want to know what lumen standard the seller is using.

2)    What is Native Resolution?

When you do your research on a projector, you must have noticed some retailers show both Native Resolution and Resolution while others only show one. Always stick to Native Resolution since it is the actual resolution you will see. The other attribute only suggests the maximum resolution format the projector supports.

3)    What is the minimum brightness and resolution for home use?

The minimum brightness depends on your control over the light source and sensitivity of content quality. We have seen a decent performance from a 150 ANSI-Lumen projector at night with the light off. However, if you have high standards, you might want a 1000 ANSI-Lumen projector for 2D viewing or an 1800 to 2400 ANSI-Lumen for 3D viewing. If you have a desire for high definition viewing, a 720p (qHD) projector should suffice in the home theater while 1080p (fHD) is ideal. Of course, you can always consider a 4K projector if paying a premium is not an issue.

4)    What is the minimum brightness and resolution for business use?

Brightness seems more important for a business projector because business presentations are normally in conference rooms under standard office lighting. If you are considering a projector for this purpose, you should look for a model with a brightness of around 2000 to 2500 ANSI Lumens.

Compared with the number of pixels in the projection, the aspect ratio matters more for business projector applications. In this sense, XGA (1024 X 768) represents the ideal resolution requirements.

5)    Do I need a projector screen?

It might not be an issue if you possess a mini projector since you might value mobility most. However, a projector screen improves the view experience no matter what model you end up with. There are a few options to consider; the most popular ones are pull-down screens, matte vinyl fabric, and projector-friendly paint. Once again, if you own a projector with ideal brightness and resolution, a simple white wall can do a decent job.

6)    Is it worth sacrificing projection quality for a small projector?

Pico projectors (also known as pocket projectors, mini projectors, or portable projectors) have become popular due to the compact size and less expensive pricing. Many models are integrated with Android OS and are WiFi enabled as well. However, the decision making should align with how you intend you use your projector most. If you travel quite frequently and want to bring the projector with you, you can find a quality Pico projector that weighs under 2 lbs. But if mobility and premium cost are not significant concerns, a traditional projector usually has a brighter and clearer projection.

Eventually, you want to consider the way you will use your projector most often along with your spending requirements. Don’t just stick to the number, check some reviews and comments for different models to find an ideal projector for you.

Traditional Projector: Optoma, Epson, Viewsonic

Pico Projector: AAXA, Vivitek

Embrace a New Interaction at Home

An interactive projector allows the presenter to interact with either the projected image, the projector, or in some cases another device. Essentially, it mimics the function of an interactive whiteboard on any surface where the image can be projected. Therefore, it has always been embraced by the education industry since the very beginning. Now, with Sony XPERIA Touch, consumers have the chance to enjoy an interactive display at home.

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Compared with the gigantic size of traditional interactive projectors, Sony XPERIA Touch comes in at only 2 lbs with a dimension of 5.3”x5.6”x2.7”. The projector can be easily placed on a study table, allowing it to turn into an arcade. With the onboard AndroidTM N Operating System, users can download their favorite apps through Google PlayTM. Sensors including those for GPS, temperature, and humidity attach more intelligent components on top of the human detection sensors and 10-point multi-touch input for projection at 23 inches.

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All above features enable multiple uses for a family: no more boring education at home for kids, no more messy recipe books on the preparation table for parents. Families that have home offices can enjoy this tiny projector even more by adopting the video conferencing capabilities that come with the XPERIA Touch. Groups can use multiple presentation apps together to improve interaction and collaboration.

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However, consumers ought to take pitfalls of the XPERIA Touch as a projector into consideration before they decide to go for it. Though Sony claimed that the projection could be stretched up to 80”, everything beyond 50” would be blurred given the projector’s only 100-lumen brightness and less-than-HD resolution (1366×768). While thinking of purchasing a projector, if these specifications are worthy of the premium pricing would be a question.

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.