Amazon newest innovative tech is the Amazon Glow, an interactive video-conferencing device with a built-in tabletop projector. The main goal is to allow kids to be interactive while communicating with friends and family across different locations. With the ability to project games, books, pictures, or puzzles, this allows the kids and parents(also grandparents) to play and talk together at the same time
The Amazon Glow comes with new features such as a shared display, showing what the kid sees and mirroring it on a remote iPad. Books, games, and some basic learning apps are different activities that the Amazon Glow can display. This is all connected to the Amazon’s Kids Plus ecosystem, a subscription based to connect the whole family. Parents will need to learn how to set up the Glow and teach their child the basics. Amazon targeted children between the ages of three through nine, so setting up age restriction contents might be important for many parents. The Amazon Glow projects a 8-inch screen for video chat and is able to project a 22 inches screen using the screen mat. At the moment, the Amazon Glow is not yet released, but has a retail price of $299.99 and is looking to release around mid-October 2021.
With Summer finally ending, this September/October introduces the start of the Fall Semester for college students! Here’s why a projector will be great if you’re going to college!
College students are given a lot of different assignments, but the one assignment that students dread the most is presentations. Presenting in front of an entire class can definitely be nerve-racking. Practicing with friends with a projector can really help ready a person for the real deal! Sharing notes and cramming with friends can be enhanced with a projector! Simply connect a laptop to a projector and you will be able to share your notes with each other.
If your dorm room or bedroom is looking stale, then adding a projector will definitely spice things up! You can use your projector to project images or effects into your room to make it look unique when you have friends over. There are even projectors dedicated to making your room look cooler by projecting outer space or a sunset.
Having a TV is a common necessity when living in a dorm or living with roommates. TVs can definitely be pricey and a waste of money especially if you do not plan on keeping the same TV after college. A projector can be versatile with how you travel with it and it projects a bigger picture than any other TV!
There are many ways to produce art, from pen and paper to photoshop. With the advancement in technologies, there are many alternate options to expressing your creativity. One company, Studio Design Artograph, is a company that is focused on making the creative process more rewarding and productive for customers while motivating them to discover and enjoy their creative inner self. One projector that they sell, the Artograph Flare 450, is the latest LED digital projector. This digital projector produces a high-definition picture that’s bright and vivid. The 420 lux display a native 1920 x 1080 image. The LED lights have a 30,000-hour lifespan and run on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 150 minutes in eco mode, or simply leave the projector plugged in for longer sessions. The Flare 450 is small and lightweight for maximum portability, but its powerful lens can project images up to 120″.
Applications for Flare 450 Digital Projector:
Use projector to draw your favorite picture by using the 12 built in Grid Patterns to help guide you
The small Pico projector allows you to be portable with your creativity
The 150 minutes of battery life on ECO mode is perfect for little side projects
Buying a projector is no simple task, as you would want to get the right projector for your specific needs. What’s even harder is purchasing a refurbished model instead of a new one. Most people assume that refurbished is a fancier way of saying “Used”, however, this is not really the case! Most refurbished items are practically brand new items! Today, we’re going to go over 5 things to look out for when buying a refurbished projector.
Starting off with pricing, this is a key component when purchasing a refurbished projector. The reason being is that sellers/companies tend to lower the price on refurbished projectors that may have some issues. Doing research a not settling down for the cheapest option can save you a lot of time and money!
2. Packaging & Accessories
Next up we have the packaging or the box the refurbished projector is in. You will want to reach out to whoever you are thinking about purchasing your refurbished projector from. This way you will get a better understanding of what you will be given before the purchase is made. Asking simple questions like, “Does it come in original packaging” or “Are all the original accessories included”, are sure-fire ways to determine if what you are thinking about purchasing is worth it or not.
You will want to determine the age of the refurbished model you are looking into purchasing and when it was originally manufactured. You don’t want to purchase a refurbished projector that has a 1-Year Warranty Replacement, only to find out that the projector is not manufactured anymore!
Cosmetic defects are something to expect when purchasing a refurbished model. In most cases, there are little to no cosmetic defects when purchasing refurbished products. However, some companies tend to grade their products depending on the severity of cosmetic defects there are. Reaching out to the seller will give you a better understanding of what grades they have in stock!
Lastly is quality, testing the product and comparing it to a newer version should do you justice. This helps to determine if the refurbished model is really considered refurbished or used. When looking into refurbished projectors, you will want to check the quality of the color, buttons, ports, and lastly brightness.
With Halloween 2021 fastly approaching, people are slowly setting up their Halloween decorations. One popular way to decorate your house is to use digital projections for decorating. A Youtuber, Toil & Trouble’s DIY, does amazing videos on Halloween decorations using brand new digital decorations consisting of silly and spooky videos as well as classic Halloween characters.
In his recent Halloween decoration video, he used AtmosFX video of the three pumpkins along with an AAXA BP1 Projector. This is a cheap setup under $200 anyone looking for an alternative way to decorate for Halloween.
As we move into mid Summer 2021, there are new releases of gaming and home entertainment projectors, perfect for those outdoor summer night movies or home theater movies. Sony, LG, Optima, and AAXA all released projectors models this summer that are big improvements over the last models.
Sony’s new 4K home cinema projectors, the VPL-VW1025ESmodel and VPL-VW325ES model, will replace the VPL-VW995ES and VPL-VW295ES respectively. The price for the VPL-VW1025ES is expensive at $39,999 while a price of $5499 for the VPL-VW325ES. These models will have the latest X1 processor for projector and bring you the best of Sony’s image processing. The projectors also have Dynamic HDR Enhancer that enhances scene by scene with striking and realistic picture quality. The VPL-VW1025ES model uses an ARC-F lens, which delivers pristine image quality across the entire screen. This optimizes the red, green, and blue primary colors at the extreme edges of the screen, for a clear and vivid image.
LG Business Solutions has launched its brightest projectors ever, the new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST at a price of $4999 and $3499 respectively. These laser projectors are designed for professional signage installations in medium to large-sized spaces .The new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST have 6000 ANSI lumens, a 20 percent increase over LG’s next brightest models. The main difference between the two models is the maximum resolution, with the ProBeam BU60PST offering 4K UHD (3840×2160) and the ProBeam BF60PST delivering WUXGA (1920×1200).
Optima unveiled its UHD35 and UHD38 projectors – lightning-fast, low latency 4K UHD home entertainment and gaming projectors that improve upon the popular UHD30 model. Gaming on projectors requires more specific specifications with the input responses of the UHD35 and UHD38 delivering an unparalleled ultra-low input lag of 4.2ms in Enhanced Gaming Mode. Based on resolution and refresh rate, the response times for the UHD35 and UHD38 are:
4K UHD @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 120Hz: 8.9ms; 1080P @ 240Hz: 4.2ms. The price for the UHD35 and UHD38 are $1299 and $1399 respectively.
AAXA Technologies recently announced the release of theM7 Pico Projector with a price of $600. A Pico projector that is portable with battery life up to 3 hours in ECO mode. Although this projector is cheaper and smaller than the projector that was also released this summer, like the Sony and Optima, it still represents the cutting edge of Pico Projector technology using Texas Instruments advanced DLP 1920×1080 (1080P) native resolution with the latest generation Osram LEDs, allowing for up to 200” of image in dark areas.
There are many different ways to express creativity when dealing with photography. One popular style of photography is Projector Photograph. With the right equipment and setup, you can turn your normal photoshoot into an “Art of Projection”. The main thing to focus on for projector photography is your shooting environment, your camera, and the projector that you will use.
It is important to find the right projector for you. For projector photography, you will need at least 1080p resolution with at least 1200 lumen brightness. It is also important to know your filming location since a more portable projector might be advantageous. One recommended projector would be the AAXA 4K1 Projectorwith 4K native support. Modern projectors are nice with different ways to connect and mirror directly from your phone, giving you the option to create unique backdrops and lighting that are unique to you.
Some things to bear in mind is the colour temperature of the image you are projecting. Select an image that’s nice and bright, with large sections of white, and just project that as your background. It will take a couple of trials to get the best shots and exposure to the projector settings, so you should keep practicing and trying different camera settings. .
Most homes nowadays have 4K TVs that can fulfill their basic entertainment needs. However, most people do not own a 4K Projector, mainly due to the cost of them being really expensive! Let’s dive into four of the most affordable 4K projectors we found that you can use to upgrade your entertainment system further!
Epson Home Cinema 3200
Starting with the Epson Home Cinema 3200 4K Pro. This projector uses 4K UHD technology to enhance; resolution, color, and image processing. With an impressive 2,900 Lumens, this projector will definitely light up a room! The Epson Precision Lens has a multi-element precise glass construction for exceptional picture quality, edge-to-edge focus uniformity, and precision vertical and horizontal axis lens shift adjustment. At a price point of $1,400, this is perfect for your premium home theater on a budget!
Next, we have the BenQ TK800M, sporting high contrast ratio to enhance the sharpness of image quality and black levels. Coming in with 3,000 Lumens, you will definitely have 4K quality. With BenQ’s Glass 4K-optimized Lens Array, the clarity and light penetration is unmatched. At a price point of $999, the buy is worth it!
Here we have the ViewSonic PX701-4K. Being able to project onto a screen up to 300 inches, this projector will be great for those with a dedicated wall for projectors! With an input lag of 4.2ms and a 240Hz refresh rate, you can turn this home theater into a big-screen gaming room! Having 3,200 ANSI Lumens, you will not ever worry about the brightness of the projection. At a price point of $899, why wouldn’t you buy it!
Lastly, we have the AAXA 4K1 LED Home Theater Projector. Boasting a native $K UHD Resolution, you will definitely know the difference between 1080p HD and 3840p 4K. Using LED and DLP technology, you’ll get the best of both worlds when it comes to image clarity, sharpness, and colors. With the 2W speakers installed, you’ll be immersed in your viewing experience. At a price point of only $799.99, this has got to be the most affordable 4K projector you can find!
Let us know in the comments what you think! Till next time!
Reflective technology was well established during China’s Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. Intricate brass “light penetration mirrors,” also known as Chinese Magic Mirrors in the west, were created by skilled metalworkers. The complex designs and motifs on one hand contrasted with the smooth metal surface on the back, which was riddled with tiny flaws. The decorative design on the opposite side appears out of nowhere as light bounces off the slightly concave mirror side.
Shadow Play theater presentations were invented in Asia at the same period in the first millennium BCE. On a backlit cloth set, performers told stories by projecting shadows. Ethereal cloth and leather puppets appeared on set.
Over the course of many decades, the projector has changed in size and technology. Today we see the projector as a daily tool used in office settings, classrooms, and homes! Here’s a quick history lesson on how the projectors became what they are today!
The Creation of The Magic Lantern
Back in 1659, there was an inventor named Christiaan Huygens. Renowned for creating the wave light theory and the true shape of the rings of Saturn, Christiaan created the device known as the Magic Lantern. Similar to a projector, the Magic Lantern used a concave mirror to shine light from a lamp through a glass slide with an image to project onto a wall. The Magic Lantern was used for educational and entertainment purposes.
Following in the 1750s, the Swiss physicist Leonhard Euler developed the first projector, Opaque Projector, better known as the episcope. This device worked similar to the Magic Lantern in terms of technology, however instead of a concave mirror with direct light being shined from a lamp, prisms and mirrors were used to project an object inside the projector to reveal an image on a screen.
The Golden Age of Projectors
During the mid-1900s, computers were finally being developed and technology had advanced immensely. The first-ever slide projector was made using the same concept as the Magic Lamp. Using transparent photographic slides, light from an incandescent light would pass through each slight and focused through a lens to project a large image onto a screen. Typically used for family pictures and slide shows, the slide projector was made for the people at home and presentations.
Following the Slide Projector was the Overhead projector. This projector uses light and transparencies to shine through a reverse mirror overhead of the projector to emit an image on a screen. An easier example of this would be shadow puppets! The Overhead projector was seen throughout the 1950s all the way up until the early 2000s, as they were typically used at schools for educational purposes.
The Digital Age of Projectors
Fast forward now to the present time, there are now multiple variants of projectors! Some of these variants consist of DLP Projectors, LCD Projectors, LCoS Projectors, 4K Projectors, Pico Projectors, and Smart Projectors. It was fairly easy to decide on what type of projector you wanted to buy back then. With these different variants, you can focus on the aspects and features you are specifically looking for!
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Gaming has come a long way over the last few decades. From old school Nintendo 64 to the latest PlayStation 5, there are many ways to game with the right kind of equipment. Gaming has become more portable with more games coming out on iPhone and Android, allowing gamers to experience gaming anywhere they go. With the increase in Cloud Streaming services like Google Stadia, gamers are able to stream games online through a Cloud server. Big projector companies like Optima, Epson, BenQ, etc.. have improved the specifications of projectors, allowing for faster connection, smoother gameplay, and more importantly, the best overall experience. Here is a list of the Top 5 gaming projectors available for different types of needs and budget.
The Optoma UHD38 is the best overall 4K gaming projector, capable of delivering lightning-fast input lag as low as 4.2ms and a high refresh rate of 240Hz. High refresh and low input lag is the best combination for gamers that are looking for competitive games while still enjoying the overall experience of a Home Entertainment System. For those with the newest consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the projector is perfect for 1080p 120Hz or 4K UHD 60Hz game play with the blur-free visuals and outstanding smoothness. This 4K projector also has High Dynamic Range (HDR), HLG compatibility, and an 8-segment color wheel to produce vivid color depth, crystal clear detail, and brilliant contrast for TV and movie fans.
If you are looking for a budget gaming projector, The BenQ HT2050A is a good projector to look at. At the price of $750, the HT2050A can get as low as 16ms of input lag, which is impressive for any display that’s not also offering a high refresh rate. The projector also has 2200 Lumens brightness, offers excellent color accuracy, contrast, a solid black level, and three-dimensionality for 2D video.
The BenQ X1300i is 1080P and 4K HDR READY with 3000 ANSI lumen brightness. For the gamers, the BenQ X1300i presents Game Mode FPS, RPG, and SPG, which fine-tunes audio and images at the same time. Game mode allows for Low latency of 8.3ms@1080p/120Hz with huge, bright, sharp images and equalized audio. This powerful projector is compatible with major consoles like Sony PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X, Google stadia, and many more. The BenQ X1300i is a smart projector that comes with Google-certified Android TV and Google Play store, allowing users up to 5,000+ of the latest Android apps, movies, shows, live sports, games, and music.
For gamers that like to play games from the App Store or Google Play Store, the Epson EF-100 is powered by Google’s Android TV, so all your favorite streaming apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, WatchESPN, and games are all available to play directly from your projector. You can connect your smartphone easily with the smart features that the Epson EF-100 offers. The Epson EF-100 projector also offers true, 3-Chip Projector Design, an advanced 3LCD technology that displays 100 percent of the RGB color signal for every frame without any “rainbowing” or “color brightness” issues, according to Epson’s website.
This projector is ideal for use in low-light environments.using cutting-edge DLP technology that creates a stunning 720p 200-ANSI-lumen image. Powered by Android TV 9.0, the Anker Nebula easily connects with your smart devices to provide over 5,000 streaming apps and games. The Premium speakers produce pulse-pounding clarity for all to hear, perfect for casual and light gaming.