Gamers are always looking for the latest tech gear to enhance their game play experience. Paying top dollar for the best gadgets to have that extra edge against competitors. But what about playing just to play and getting to do that anywhere with ease. This is where pico projectors come in like the new ST200 720P LED Projector from AAXA Technologies. Portable in size and moderately priced making a lan party that much easier. No need to lug your monitor or television around. With 150 lumens, built in speaker, and internal battery pack getting the game started is a breeze.
We took the ST200 for a test (thanks to AAXA Technologies for providing a sample unit) and we were delightfully surprised. Plug in the HDMI cable and using the on-board media interface was simple and the brightness of the image was pretty good even when the room isn’t completely dark. The ST200 is also USB compatible and you can use an SD card as well. Check out the quality in the video.
You can find AAXA’s ST200 720P LED Projector on Amazon at the link below
Lenovo enters the market with its own pocket projector; and it looks good. Feature rich including a unique body design and at just 4.1 x 3.9 x .98 inches and .37 pounds, the Pocket Projector lives up to its name, easily fitting in most pockets. Its subtle, but attractive gray chassis features a black lens arm that can rotate up to 90 degrees so you can project your content anywhere on the wall in front of you or even on ceiling.
Capable of emitting images up to 110 inches large with its modest 854 x 480 resolution, the picture looks sharper when smaller typical of most mini projector in its class. With a maximum of 50 lumens, the projector is more than bright enough to use in a dim room. Colors are bright and vibrant.
Charging via microUSB, the device promises 2.5 hours of battery life, more than enough for most movies or for a PowerPoint presentation. We can imagine taking the Pocket Projector on a camping trip and using it to watch videos on the tent wall or project stars onto the tent ceiling when rain makes it impossible to see them in the open air.
Do you live in a tiny apartment? Or work in a very crammed office space? Do you always find yourself on the go for business projects or trips? In all cases, whether it be for entertainment or business purposes, consumers MUST consider the Sho U KiBoJet pico projector-keyboard. This little keyboard comes integrated with a tiny projector capable of displaying content on any flat surface. Pretty neat huh? Check out more details below.
The KiBoJet pico projector offers:
– 150 Lumens of brightness (visible under most indoor lighting)
– Full-HD resolution
– Images of 21 inches wide up to 33 inches (not yet finalized)
– Bluetooth and WiFi support
– Built-in 3W speakers
– Stabilized image processor (projection will not distort no matter how quick or forceful users press down on keys)
– Able to be used as a PC via a Intel Compute stick
What This Means
This new innovation essentially means that you can take only a keyboard with you to work just about anywhere there’s a blank wall or flat surface around you.Whether you need to go on a business trip for a conference, or you’re a teacher that needs to incorporate visuals into the variety of lessons, this new fusion Pico projector has you covered. Sho U maintains that the specs could change at any time before its official release, so be on the lookout!
New Delhi: In continuation with its reputation as a leading manufacturer of portable devices, Portronics has released its latest Pico Projector which is a palm-sized device that comes fully equipped with stunning sound and projection quality.
The POR 318 Pico Projector runs on DLP technology and packs in its rectangular array, up to 8.8 million hinge-mounted microscopic mirrors.
The new device houses a 50 Lumens projector, up to an 80-inch diagonal screen length from a distance of 8-feet away. It can play multimedia content via the USB drives, SD card slot, or through a laptop/smartphone/device using the HDMI cable with the appropriate adapter. What’s new is that it can be connected through to the set-top box or Android phones.
The POR 318 includes a 1700mAh battery that lasts for more than a whopping 2 hours and 30 minutes in the standard video mode. It also features built-in speakers that are fully capable of projecting sound for an audience of 10 people in a medium-sized room. It allows users to also connect external speakers as an alternative. Finally, it comes complete with a telescopic tripod, a charging adapter, car charger, AV cable, and an instruction manual for ease of use.
Portronics’ POR 318 Pico Projector is available at a price of Rs 22,500, or $351.30 in US currency.
For many who want to have a device that can allow them to present, watch movies, or view photos find that unfortunately there is not one device that can do all of these things well. Usually it consists of a Bluetooth speaker, a small television or projector, and an output device such as a smart phone or tablet. Recently a new project over on indiegogo sparked our interest when we learned that it was claiming it could combine a high quality speaker with a high quality projector so that all the user needs is their phone or a streaming stick to take their media with them on the go.
The product is called “Flicks” and is reminiscent of the popular apple hi-fi speaker.
But what this product promises to do is so much more than that. The flicks includes a high output 700 lumen pico projector inside of it as well as a high quality Bluetooth speaker and a large battery for extended use. These specifications truly make it a contender for being a self-autonomous way of bringing your entertainment with you wherever you go, be it camping, an office meeting, or even just travelling.
The Flicks comes in two variants, the flicks and flicks range which gives you approximately double the projected battery of the regular flicks here is a quick breakdown of how the battery life works.
Flicks – 4 hours on projector – 28 hours on speaker
Flicks Range – 8 hours on projector – 56 hours on speaker
Also the creators of flicks say that later there will be an extended battery pack that will be available for separate purchase which will add an additional 4 hours of battery life out of either model. It plugs into the base of the unit via a proprietary port and really meshes with the rest of the unit nicely, you would hardly know its there.
There will also be a remote available for separate purchase however no specs or pricing on the remote have been released.
The projector its self is very impressive, with 700 lumens of output and an ultra-short throw lens that is capable of making a 100 inch image at only 8.4 feet away it makes the flicks truly portable as you can make a usable image with only a few feet of space.
Flicks is currently at over 100% of it’s funding goal and there is only 11 days left to become a backer of this product. As with any kickstarter or indiegogo project there are exclusive incentives to being a backer before the product is released so if you are interested in one of these products and are sure you want to purchase one it’s a great time to buy it early and get some freebies that may not be available for the production model.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we will be covering the Youlalight hat, which claims that it has the solution to having to put make-up on every day. Basically, it is a baseball cap with an integrated projector that will display images of makeup onto the users face and allow them to get out of the house quickly in the morning. Today we’re going to be going over specs, performance, and usability just to see how likely something like this is to see production.
Although the actual specs on the projector engine have not been released, we estimate that it is somewhere between 10-20 lumens in brightness based on its size.
That being said, 10-20 lumens is not very bright and in fact could be considered very dim. We’re not sure how a projection engine of this brightness would perform while projecting in full daylight as the product is intended to be used in. A 25 lumen projector that we previously reviewed was hard to make out an image even in office lighting in full daylight the image was not visible so we’re definitely curious as to how Youlalight is going to accomplish getting the make-up images to show. Another factor is the battery, as you can see in the image, the battery is about as small as the optical engine which makes us think that you wouldn’t be able to expect much projection time from it. They claim that the battery should give it the ability to run for 3-4 hours however we have trouble believing that, the same 25 lumen projector that we mentioned before had a similarly sized battery and had the ability to operate for about an hour at a time before needed to charge. For someone looking to use this as a replacement for makeup would need the charge to last basically an entire day. The control board for the projector is very simple which is definitely good for something that is probably going to receive a good amount of abuse out in the world, it basically has an on-off switch, SD card reader to store the makeup images, a button to change the image, and connections for the battery/optics. Youlalight says that you will be able to charge the unit via a mini-usb slot located somewhere on the hat although we aren’t seeing it in the image of the PCBA they included.
Youlalight says that the projector will have a very simple integration into the hat, basically the PCBA will be mounted in the front of the hat while the projector will be mounted upside down under the bill of the hat pointed at the face of the user, we’re still not 100% sure where the battery is going to actually fit, they say that it will be mounted near the PCBA however we think this would cause a bump in the hat making it uncomfortable to wear.
as you can see, the battery is mounted right where the forehead of the user would go, seeing as the battery will most likely get warm and is a hard object this may not be comfortable for the user, as well as possibly dangerous, a defective battery could possibly explode sending it’s acidic components onto the users skin, hair, and possibly even the eyes, we feel this is the main thing that needs to be looked at with this design, any time you include a battery in a product it can pose a fire hazard and a fire is definitely something you do not want happening on your head. The PCBA is hooked to the engine via a long ribbon cable located inside the bill of the hat, this seems like it would possibly hold up well to the flex that the bill of the hat is sure to endure, we hope that the foresight to make this cable waterproof has been thought of, as users will most likely be using this outside possibly in the rain or even putting it on after taking a shower when their hair is wet. Lastly we’re curious about the cooling system for the projector, even small projectors need some sort of a heat sink/fan set up to help cool down the LEDS, if this product is planned to have prolonged usage for possibly hours at a time it is likely that the projection engine would get very hot and either burn the user or cause a heat-related malfunction to the unit.
We feel that due to these design problems the likelihood that the product could be used in everyday life with its current design is slim, we thought of just a few usage scenarios where a product like this would most likely either malfunction or cause discomfort/injury to the user. The first would just be wearing the device in almost any situation, for the projector to be positioned in a way that would project onto the users face, it would most likely also project into their eyes making it difficult to see,
this means the user would not be able to operate any type of vehicle while wearing the unit and also most likely not allow them to properly view any sort of lighted screen such as a computer monitor or TV. Another would be wearing the product in the rain, if the PCBA or other electrical components are not properly insulated from water this could cause electrical shock to the user and possibly also shorting out/malfunction of the unit it’s self. Insulation required to make this kind of a unit waterproof would also mean it would contain heat which would cause the unit to most likely over-heat and malfunction in usages where it is hot outside or when the projector has been on for long periods of time. Lastly, we’re not sure how the unit will determine exactly where to place the image on the users face, it doesn’t appear to have a camera or a focus unit, although it will be mounted in the in the same place without any movement people do have different size/shaped faces and we’re curious to see what the plan is to get the image in the right position and in focus on all faces.
That being said, we know we were a little hard on the Youlalight, in honesty it’s a good product we just feel that it needs to be reworked in several ways to truly be a sell-able/usable product for people. It may also just not be marketed right, maybe it’s not good for something like makeup but for displaying your favorite sport teams logo on your face at the game, etc. We encourage the designers over at Youlalight to continue to improve this product as we’re always up for integrating projectors into fun/quirky products.
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 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.
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.