Mego Optoelectronics Android Projector Ready to Ship in US

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A few weeks ago we had noticed a new android mini projector showed up on the FCC, we were eagerly awaiting more news of this but didn’t hear anything for a while.

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The ML131 is an Android-based mini projector by Mego Optoelectronics, it’s a fairly compact and seemingly powerful little guy, weighing in with 260 Lumens, and a native resolution of 854×480, this is a pretty powerful guy for how small it is.

The Android system onboard is Android 4.2, it has a built-in touchpad on the top to allow for easier control of the Android system.

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The specs are pretty decent, the CPU is an ARM Cortex A8 which runs at 1GHz, it has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

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The unit supports all of the Google apps you’d expect, including the Google Play Store so you can download third party apps and games.

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The ML131 is priced at around $300 which seems to us like a great deal if it lives up to it’s own hype!

Microsoft Announced “Hololens” Hologram Glasses

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Microsoft surprised everyone at it’s Windows 10 keynote yesterday by throwing a curveball at us, a hologram producing pair of glasses, the demos were pretty interesting and cool to watch!

The glasses themselves look pretty sweet we think, it looks like some kind of futuristic VR headset, you remember the old arcade game that was basically beta AR?

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These glasses are much more advanced, capable of producing entire images in your room, 3D reconstructions of items you wouldn’t normally be able to see in the real world.  They demo’d a few different things but the two that stuck out in our mind were the Minecraft and Skype demos, the Minecraft one is pictured below, it’s mainly a proof of concept at this time so it isn’t a fully functioning game, but the framework is there to create awesome things.

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The other demo that was pretty cool was their main UI and Skype, imagine being able to see the person you’re talking to, floating off in your room as if they’re right there in the room with you, there will be nothing like it out there in the world.

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We hope Microsoft brings this to a big market, as it would put projection capabilities to the forefront of customers.  In this case the projectors are simply pointing to screens in the glasses, but there are larger opportunities in the years to come.

Pico Projector Market estimated to grow $498.4 Million by 2018

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A new report published on http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/ gives us an update on the Pico Projector market, looks like things are steadily growing, the report estimated that between 2013 and 2014 the market grew $124.7 Million, whereas from now until 2018 it will grow $498.4 Million.

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This is good news for companies who have seen hits with their products, reassurance that they’re investing their time and energy into the right products.

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With the slow down of other companies in the pico projector market, companies like 3M and AAXA who continuously pump out new products show us that you can have a great success of a company without a huge market.

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Obviously this goes without saying but we at Pico-Projector-Fans hope that the market continues to grow even more, we want to see plenty of new models coming out in the next few years.

Lenovo Android Yoga 2 Pico Projector Tablet Compared Against Our Favorite Micro-Projectors

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Testing the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 Projector

Recently, Lenovo announced that they were releasing a new tablet with a built in pico-projector, so naturally we were intrigued. Claiming “design intervention” from Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs) the tablet boasts some pretty gaudy specs and a very flexible design (hence, its name).  There are a number of existing reviews of the tablet, (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C), so we aren’t going to dive too deep into reviewing the device. We did, however, get to test it out against a couple of our favorite pico projectors, the AAXA Technologies P3-X and the AAXA Technologies P300. Admittedly, the tablet’s projector only clocks in at about 50 lumens, so a comparison against something like the P300 isn’t entirely fair, but it was fun, so we did it anyways.

The Tablet

The Yoga Pro 2’s projector has some pretty decent numbers for being housed in the small battery case at the bottom of the tablet. Lenovo did a fantastic job of making the tablet look and feel like a complete unit, fitting the projector into a snug, unassuming corner of the device. It turns on quickly, and seems to be a natural fit with the design of the tablet. The projector itself is an approximately  50 lumen LED with a sliding focus tab underneath it. The picture only projects one way, which requires the tablet to be resting on it’s side with its kickstand in support. Focusing the picture is pretty tough, and the final result never really looked too sharp and there was noticeable blur when conducting most activities. It runs surprisingly quiet and cool, which is really a testament to how far the technology has come in the past few years. Additionally, the massive battery powering the tablet means that the tablet can run in projector mode for at least 4-5 hours, which puts it well ahead of many similar projectors at the moment.  Overall, we were pleased with the innovative approach Lenovo is taking (even though its not the first to do so), and expect to see similar features from their competitors.

 TEST # 1

Our first test pitted the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Tablet against the AAXA P3-X pico projector. With about 70 lumens, native WVGA (720p) resolution, the ability to project ~80″ image, and a two hour battery, the P3-X is a really nice little projector in an extremely portable size.

As you can see from the video, the two devices both performed rather well. The contrast on the P3-X seemed to be a little high, which distorted the color of the video, but it was considerably sharper and brighter. The color of the Yoga Tablet was by far its best feature, and it had a little more of a “true color” look to it on the wall. Also, the stability of the tablet, afforded by its “kickstand” made it a little easier to work with than the small tripod we set up with the P3-X. However, in the end, the P3-X outperformed the tablet, as it should, since it is a machine solely designed for the purpose of projecting an image, while with the tablet, its just a perk.

 

TEST # 2

In our second test, we decided to up the ante a little bit and pit the Lenovo Tablet against a higher powered pico projector, the AAXA Technologies P300, just to give people an idea of what is possible from a projector with a relatively similar price point. The point being, if the projector on the tablet is the selling point, there are alternatives in the market which can provide a far superior performance for a cheaper price.

 Surprisingly, despite being next to the vastly brighter P300, the Yoga 2 Tablet projector held it’s own.  However, the differences in resolution do matter, and the P300 projects at a healthy 1280×800 while the Yoga tablet shuffles along at ~854×480. The brightness was pretty apparent as well, my old Nikon DSLR wasn’t quite able to meter for the contrast in brightness, which makes the P300 seem somewhat distorted in the video, it did not appear that way in person. You can really see the difference when the light is on at the beginning of the video, the tablet’s projection fades dramatically while the P300’s remains rather visible. 

Conclusions

I think it goes to show that the tablet projector is going to be a thing in the future, particularly as the prices for the LED optical engines become cheaper. If you don’t have a tablet and  you do have a disposable $500, the Lenovo tablet could certainly seem like a buy. However, if you are looking to build a small home theater, or have portable projection capabilities, a dedicated pico projector would probably give you the most flexibility and bang for your buck. 

New All-In-One Projector from ZTE & Sprint

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ZTE Smart Projector Hotspot

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector?  Check.

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector that can run Android™ 4.2?  Check and Check.

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector that can run Android 4.2 and is a 3G/4G LTE Hotspot?  Check, Check and Check.

The new Sprint LivePro is set to launch on July 11th and will be the first of its kind “Smart Projector” that promises to be the ideal product for making boardroom presentations or showing movies for backyard movie nights.  At 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, the Sprint LivePro looks to be a very portable option when you travel for business or for family vacations and outings.

From the product photos and video reviews I especially like the fact that the projectors comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display to use the Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean OS.  Some additional neat features with the projector is that you can connect up to 8 devices to the wireless hotspot, and the lithium ion battery works as a power bank that can charge smartphones, tablets or other devices using a USB cable.  Check out a first look from CNet.

http://www.cnet.com/products/zte-projector-hotspot/ 

As for how much it costs, it’s $450 if you sign up for a 2-year plan with Sprint, and the cheapest mobile broadband data plan starts at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network.  So all in, with cost of the projector and the data plan combined it’s about $1,300 after 2 years.  That can be an expensive investment, but if you can use all the features it might be worthwhile.  

There are a few good alternatives to look at if you’re in the market for a good portable projector.  For a versatile, battery-powered business and personal projector, check out the AAXA P300:

http://aaxatech.com/store/products/p300_pico_projector_store.htm).  

It has some decent reviews on Amazon and I would think there would be more battery powered projectors that can deliver higher lumens, but interestingly enough there actually aren’t that many.  I’ve used the P300 both in dark and semi-dim rooms and it does a decent job for presentations and movies.  The only drawback is you have to buy the battery separately for around $25.  

 

 

Kindle Fire HD with Pico Projectors

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I’ve been playing around with a Kindle Fire HD that I borrowed from a friend for the past few days, I think tablets are the way of the future now.  I’ve been using it mostly for Netflix and playing games, but I can also see how it could be used for work, there are a multitude of office apps available to play presentations, look at spreadsheets, and edit word documents with.  The fact that it has a Micro-HDMI port on it allows you to easily hook up any device to it.  I’ve chosen a pico projector to use with it, obviously :)

The only annoying part of using the Kindle Fire HD with a pico projector is the cables you need.  It depends on which projector you have though, if you have one that has a Mini-HDMI port, you’ll need an adapter for that as well.  Right now I’m using a P2 Jr review unit from AAXA Technologies, and it’s serviced quite well with the Kindle Fire HD.  It does have the Mini HDMI port so I did need to buy the adapter.

Once I got it setup it worked pretty well, it mirrors what the Kindle Fire is displaying, so I can show anything from web browsing to playing games, or watching movies.  I did notice a little more lag in games than usual, probably due to the extra processing it has to do to get video output to work, it wasn’t too bad though.

I haven’t noticed too much of a battery drain from using it like this, but I’m sure it is draining the battery a little more than usual.  I would expect maybe a 5-10% decrease in life when using it with video output.

Overall, I was impressed with the Kindle Fire HDs ability to do video output and handle high performance games.  This can definitely be useful if you’re looking to make a sort of “portable entertainment center” for your home or to take with you on trips.

If you’re unsure how to set it up properly, AAXA has setup a page specifically for the Kindle Fire HD, so you can know exactly what steps to follow.

http://aaxatech.com/support/faq/kindlefire.php

Here is a demo video I found online of someone using the Kindle Fire HD with a pico projector so you can see for yourself the kind of performance you’d get.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs60SGWdZHg

Links to some of the products mentioned:

Kindle Fire HD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083PWAPW

AAXA P2 Jr: http://aaxatech.com/products/p2jr_pico_projector.html

Mini HDMI Adapter: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Plated-Female-Adapter/dp/B004PW1XRS/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374002194&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=mini+hdmi+adapter

Micro HDMI Cable: http://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-HDMI-Micro-Cable-Feet/dp/B003UH0Z9Q/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1374002221&sr=1-10&keywords=micro+hdmi+adapter

Camping with Projectors – Is it Possible?

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I am looking at the AAXA P300 today, and seeing how it applies to the uses of a camper, as there are factors to consider when looking to buy a portable entertainment device to use in the outdoors.  The P300 is a well rounded model that costs $419, is that price worth it?

The P300 is a Pico Projector, meaning that it is typically smaller than normal projectors, and indeed it is!  The P300 measures just 5.9 x 3.8 x 1.5 inches, making it easily portable, small enough to put into a backpack while hiking or a suitcase.  The optional 60 minute battery that we got certainly helped as we did not have power for the majority of our trip.

The P300 is a small projector, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on power or compatibility, the P300 puts out 300 Lumens, which makes it three times brighter than most other Pico Projectors.  The only downside to offering a battery with the unit is the brightness dips quite a bit when on battery, to 160 Lumens.  This is still impressive considering most other pico projectors put out about 100 Lumens.

AAXA’s P300 also did well when it came to the inputs it offers, giving us a wide range of ways to plug in devices.  The P300 comes with an AV input, which can be used to plug in traditional RCA devices like DVD players, or an iPhone connection which you can use to display your videos and photos.  It also has a full sized HDMI port, allowing you to use any HDMI device with the projector.  The last of the input ports is VGA, letting you use almost any computer with the projector.

The P300 also has a slot for USB and MicroSD, which can have media loaded onto them and played directly from the P300, giving you tons of options as to what you can play.  The P300 currently supports MP4, MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AVI, BMP, JPG, GIF, and TXT.

My only complaint about the P300 would be its speaker, it’s not as powerful as I would have liked, but I can’t really complain as it does so many other things well.  Overall, we would recommend this to people who want a good versatile projector, one that is portable yet powerful.

 

AAXA P300 Pico/Micro Projector Review

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Pico projectors aren’t what most people think about when it comes to home entertainment and needs. As more and more pico projectors come into the market, they tend to be smaller, brighter, and better resolution with more connectivity.

 

Today for review, I have the P300 Pico projector from AAXA technologies. This small pico projector is very small and fits right in the palm of your hand. This Pico P300 projector has a lot of great features like a built-in media player, long battery life, small and portable of course and it can also connect to devices like iPods, iPhones, cameras, game consoles, laptops, Macbooks, iPad, USB, SD, and pretty much anything with an AV output or HDMI output.

P300 Projector

First up we’ve got the P300 pico projector box. It’s well done, but isn’t too flashy.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside we can find everything packaged well. Comes with the remote, tripod, power cord, VGA cable, AV cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The P300 Pico Projector itself comes with a dimension of 5.9′ x 3.8′ x 1.5′ inches. On top of the P300 you’ll find a navigation pad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s not much to the back, but just a solid white, and this is where the battery pack goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right side you’ll find the microSD slot, power output, AV output, and the HDMI output, as well as the on/off button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The left side is where you find the manual focus, where you can manual change the focus of the projection.

 

 

 

 

On the front side you can find the LEDs to indicate the power and charging of the P300 projector. You can also see the lens of the projector.

 

 

 

 

The backside you can see the VGA output, USB output, and the output for earphones.

 

 

 

 

Overall the build quality is excellent, seems sturdy well made, lightweight, but it is slightly bigger than what I would expect to be a pico projector.

Picture Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the picture quality is excellent, and these were taken with the projector at a distance around 3-5 feet. For how small the projector is, I am still surprised at how bright the 300 lumen projector actually is.

There are a few things that I really like about this projector, the first being the picture quality. I also like the fact, that I can use use external sources as well with the P300 pico projector, at the present time you can hook it up to a laptop, iPod, game console, iPad, and almost anything that uses HDMI, VGA, or AV.

Conclusion

The AXXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector is a great product overall, and it works as advertised and it truly surprised me by it’s quality of not only the build but the output as well.

There are some concerns I do have for it, size and pricing, but it’s not that big of a deal if you look at the big picture.

I’ve had fun with the p300 Pico Projector, and I will continue to do say, and I will continue to use the pico projectors for entertainment. I can honestly say with the small size and many features that comes along with it, it is really inexpensive for what you get.

Pros:
– Light/Portable
-Really bright
-High Resolution
-Well Made
-Easy to use
-Easy to connect to external devices
-Built in media player

Cons:
-More of a micro projector than pico
-Fan can be loud in quite environments
-Glossy surface picks up fingerprints

Specs:

Check out the AAXA site for the Specs


AAXA launches the world’s brightest battery powered HD projector P300 pico projector

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AAXA Technologies has just released the world’s brightest battery powered HD projector. A pico projector is supposedly a projector that is very small in size/weight, and supposedly unable to produce crisp imagery. Unfortunately, the P300 is not the case. It will smash and make you re-think of whatever conceptions you may had on pico projector.

This particular device makes a huge leap in lumens in the pico projector departments. Most competing pico projectors will produce lumens from 50-150 lumens. Some of the better pico projectors may produce up to 200 lumens. But the P300 has a staggering punch at 300 lumens with 1280×800 native resolutions.

At its core is a robust ARM processor capable of internal high resolution 720p video, picture, and picture slide-show, it definitely will change the people’s perception on pico projector with home entertainment. Connectivity is also further enhanced with a VGA adapter, composite video input, and high-resolution digital HDMI connection which make connection with Apple products, computers, and external devices extremely easy.

Launching at a price of $419, the product is being hailed for its small pico projector with a very bright punch. With it’s all in one package for $419, and the numerous amounts of uses for the projector, it’s definitely something worthy to check out at P300 Pico Projector!

NC State’s new efficient pico projector raises the bar for Pico Projector Tech

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A team at North Carolina State University has developed a new liquid crystal projector that could spell the end of noisy pico projector fans and smaller, more powerful embedded picos. Conventional tech passes unpolarized light through a filter, but the process is so inefficient that nearly 50 percent of the energy is wasted just keeping things cool. Fortunately, the Wolfpack and ImagineOptix filter claims to be 90 percent efficient — meaning that future projectors could be far sleeker. It’s also a good sign for future smartphone pico projectors, and maybe even the next iPhone but who knows.