AAXA P450 WIFI Display Stick Bundle, Wifi streaming for android or iPhone, a review and how to set up.

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“Casting” as its commonly called is a practice that is getting more and more popular with consumers lately and with the increased demand more and more manufacturers are starting to make devices that are compatible with this technology.  All company’s call it something different, Apple calling it “Airplay”, Google calling it “ChromeCast”, the original being called a “MiraCast”, and a new comer to the scene “EZcast”.  Whatever name you want to give it, the technology behind it remains basically the same.  A small HDMI stick only a little bit bigger than a flash drive that can connect to your local WIFI network and wirelessly stream video or images from your iPhone, Android Phone, or even your PC.  Using one of these sticks you can convert your projector into an Android Projector, iPhone Projector, or even a Windows Projector.

The set up for these devices are all basically the same but for people who aren’t too into technology it can be a semi-confusing process.  Today we’re going to cover how to set it up and different ways to use the stick to stream movies, show off your pictures, or even just to make your TV/Projector another monitor for your device.  The stick we’ll be covering today is an EZcast module simply called the “Wireless Display Dongle”; we’re going to be hooking it up to a pico projector from AAXA Technologies call the P450 however this set up will work with any HDMI device you have that also has a USB port on it.

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(EZ cast wireless display Dongle)

Lets start with the initial un-boxing of the unit, as you can see there isn’t much in the box, just the WIFI display dongle and a USB cable, trust us, this is all you’ll need to get this going.

  • First things first, connect the Micro USB end of the cable to the back end of the Wireless Display Dongle (This is the end near the blue logo, or opposite the HDMI connection)
  • Secondly, you’re going to want to plug the HDMI side of the WIFI stick into your device, in our case it’s the P450,  once that is done you’ll need to also plug the full-sized USB end into the projector.

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(Everything all hooked up)

Once you’ve completed these steps you’ve done all the hardware hookup that is needed, lets move onto the software side of the equation.  When you first turn on your TV or projector you’re going to need to select the HDMI port that you plugged your wireless dongle into.  Once you do this you’ll see a purplish screen with a lot of text, if you don’t see the screen at this point you may have hooked up something incorrectly on the hardware side and you should go back and check your connections.

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On the purple screen you’ll see a couple different sections, the one that we’re going to be looking at first is the first section.  From here the device gives you two options, to set up from a PC or from a iPhone, Windows phone, or Android phone.  If you’re on your phone you can simply scan the QR code on the screen and it will take it to the app in your devices app store.  Alternatively you can navigate your browser to the address provided and download the application to your PC or Phone from there, today we’re going to be setting up our device on our PC.

  • The first thing you need to do is navigate your browser to the EZcast website (www.iezvu.com), from here navigate to the download section of the site and download the version of the software for the hardware you are using. Note that it may ask you for your device’s “SSID” during the download process, this can be found at the top of the purple start up screen for the device.

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  • Secondly you’re going to need to install the software, if you downloaded it to your phone it will be automatically installed, if you’re on a PC you’re going to need to run the installer that it downloads and restart your PC.
  • Third, once the software is all installed, open it up, the software will now change your devices wifi settings to look for the device, please note that if you are setting this up on a PC that does not have WIFI capability it will not be able to see the stick.  Once the stick shows up, select it, and give your devices a few moments to pair up.
  • The WIFI still will now pull up a screen that asks you to type in the credentials for your home wireless connection, once you input this information the stick will connect to your WIFI and you will be able to stream to it from any device that has the EZcast app installed.

Thats it!  Really not difficult to set up and only takes a few minutes to get working, you can now stream anything you’d like from your device such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Pictures, Local Movies, and even just your screen.  We also made a video detailing how to do all of this as well, just incase you’d like a visual guide of the process:

AAXA Technologies is currently holding a promotion on these sticks, if you buy a P450 right now you’ll receive one of these sticks (a $30 value) with your projector so that you can wirelessly stream from anywhere.  So if you’re in the market for a projector and you’re also interested in airplay or casting take advantage of this deal while it’s around because it doesn’t get any better than this.

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Here’s a link to the P450 so that you can check it out for yourself! – http://www.aaxatech.com/products/p450_pico_projector.html

Images of products courtesy of AAXA Technologies.

 

Microsoft creates VR room with projectors.

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Recently Microsoft put out a pretty cool video of it’s Kinect and several Benq projectors being used to create a fully VR room.  The room is a pretty basic room with white walls but when they turn on the projectors the room jumps to life.

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There are 6 Benq projectors with Kinects strapped to them mounted on the ceiling, they are all pointed in different directions with adjustments applied to their images to allow them to cover most of the surfaces in the room.  The projectors display images around the room and the Kinects calibrate themselves with those images to create a 3D map of the room.

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Once the 3D map is made the Kinect’s can start to look for objects in the room such as furniture or people.  Once it does this it can create a map of the room and start to track movement of people inside the room.

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All testing with this set up so far has been done with simple programs and 3D animations, although it’s likely in the future if a unit is ever produced with similar capabilities that you could be playing full one games while being fully immersed in the action.  Think of the Oculus Rift just instead of sitting on your face, you’re in it.  Microsoft showed some people testing out the system playing games like wack-a-mole and a simple shooting game, they also demoed a 3D animation that at some points becomes hard to distinguish if its 3D or 2D.

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Is this the way of the future for VR?  Probably not, but its still a really cool concept and it’s definitely something worth playing with, I’m sure that since Microsoft has done it, several other large companies are soon to follow and we may see even better results.

If you would like to check out the video for yourself, we’ve embedded it below, enjoy!