Our parents always told us not to stick our face to close to the screen. Well, this new wearable technology makes it so the screen gets stuck to your face. Designed by product designer Jing-cai Lu, this wearable micro projector shines a variety of faces on top of yours in order to confuse even the top AI facial recognition systems. With how common the use of facial recognition is becoming in various countries, and soon the United States, the daily privacy of the individual has become a hot topic.
This wearable pico projector gives rise to a new form of anonymity and is currently in limited productions. This level of privacy makes you ask the question, is this necessary? According to Lu, it is. Lu is quoted as saying, “In the future, the advertisement could call your name when you walk along the streets. The companies would know your personal interests and may set different retail strategies for you. It could be convenient for customers, but personal thoughts and opinions should be kept private. This product protects you from this privacy violation”. As horrifying as this may look to certain people, I must admit this is one cool use of projection technology! Talk about a portable projector!
Scenes from Paul Walker’s The Fast and The Furious projected on a huge wall by the Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro and the AAXA P300!
Who will be the main course in this years holiday pico/pocket projector review: Brookstone’s Pocket Projector Pro or AAXA’s P300?
Since it’s the holiday season, we’re going to be stuffing our homes with friends and family. So you’re definitely going to have to keep them entertained with something when they’re all sitting around in their food comas. Well this year you can prepare for it. The time is right buy some new gadgets and what better thing to get than a mobile projector! This year we’re going to compare projector recipes so you’ll have something to serve as entertainment. So we’re going to compare the Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro ($429) and the AAXA Technologies P300 ($389). There are some good ones out there, but we’re going to compare this new Brookstone pico/pocket projector with something fairly comparable in price, features, and brightness.
The AAXA P300 is battery powered (battery Included) and lasts upwards of 60+ minutes on a single charge. Now the Brookstone Projector has the “optional battery” that will keep it going for 2-hours, which is really good. The down side is that the battery is going to cost you an extra $99 bucks! So the total to make the Brookstone completely portable is around $529…again, a side dish to think about.
While we’re on addition features, both the Brookstone and the AAXA have keystone correction. The really cool feature of the Brookstone is that is has a USB output to give you the ability to charge other devices on the go, if you buy the external battery with it. The features that the AAXA P300 has that the Brookstone doesn’t is an onboard media player to project video and text files or play your music directly from a its built in MicroSD reader(up to 32GB) or through its full size USB port to read from a USB memory stick.
These projectors are very portable and pack some great features, some more than the other. However, the side dishes of any meal only complement the course, which in this meal review, is the projection quality. The Brookstone Pocket Projector is rated at 200 ANSI lumens and the AAXA P300 comes in at 300 ANSI lumens; both of which have a resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). The contrast ratio of the Brookstone is 1000:1, while the AAXA P300 is at 2000:1.
The Main Dish
Now on to the main course of this holiday projector review! Both these projectors are about 4 feet form the wall and are so we can see how well they compare to each other.
You can see that the brightness of both these projectors are very bright! The AAXA P300 does have a more vibrant range of color to its projection quality. Although the brightness of the AAXA is rated at 300 lumens and is a bit brighter, the Brookstone does a a good job itself. The brookstone is rated at 200 lumens but seems to be a bit brighter than that, guessing maybe hitting close to 250 lumens instead. But projected from the same distance you can see that there is a difference.
So putting the whole thing in perspective, the Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro is small in size and very bright for its size, comparing fairly well to the AAXA P300’s 100 lumen advantage. However, things to keep in mind from this is that the price is a little steep and gets really pricey if you want to add the battery to the package. For the AAXA p300 that is a little bigger in size, but at a reasonable price, you’ll get those few extra features; the battery, onboard media player and USB/MicroSD memory reader ability.
Here are the specifications
Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro
AAXA Technologies P300
Battery Sold Separately ($99)
Battery Included60+ Minutes on Full Charge
200 ANSI Lumens
300 ANSI Lumens
1000:1 contrast ratio
2000:1 contrast ratio
Image Size:Up to 115”
Image Size:Up to 120”
1280 x 800 (WXGA)
1280 x 800 (WXGA)
2x 1.0-watt speakers
2x 1.0-watt speakers
No Media Player
Has Onboard Media Player
(MHL micro USB to HDMI cable, micro and mini HDMI adapters Included)