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.
Our friends at Pico Projector Info have found the first review video on the Aaxa L1 Laser projector. If you recall, these items started shipping out very recently and are starting to make their real-life appearances. Here is a user breaking the L1 down with features and capabilities.
The L1 laser projector features a focus-free laser-driven operation with a built-in media player – as can be seen in the video. Also new is the ability to detect different office document formats including Power Point, Word, Excell, and more.
It seems that the first batch of the infamous laser projectors has finally shipped out. We’ve seen plenty of articles showing the Microvision ShowWX, however, no one has really had one in hand. It looks as if Aaxa and their L1 Laser Projector will be the first on the market for handheld laser projection units.
Aside from being a pico projector with laser capabilities, the coolest thing about this unit is the ability to always stay in focus. Due to the lasers being used as opposed to LED projectors, images on the Aaxa L1 Laser Projector will stay clear from one wall to the next without having to mess around with the focus wheel. Further, it can generate an image on two surfaces at varying distances at the same time.
The Aaxa L1 Laser Projector also has an incredible color range. The colors look exponentially more vivid and clear than projectors of the past. We are definitely interested in seeing more to come from these laser projectors.
The news isn’t for good, however, Sundance recently hosted the ShowWX Festival where pico projectors and random items were used as screens instead of the 200ft multiplex screen.
According to Stuff, the items used as screens for these pico projectors ranged from sheets of ice to a woman’s bare back.
The Showxx Festival showcased mostly indie movies including Ken Russell’s Boudica Bites Back and Delphinium, a coming age story by director Derek Jarman.
The two main feature screens were a 100-inch wall of ice that was intended to melt to the ground by the time the festival was over and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel lie-in theater where viewers would lay down to see the feature.