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Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector: The $50,000 Projector That You Will Never See In Real Life

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Way back in January, Sony had unveiled a new projector at CES. It was really impressive, and used lasers to project a really nice 4K image. They were advertising it as a luxury device, and we all knew that it was going to be really expensive. The price was thought to be around $30,000 at the time, which many believed was an absolute joke.

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Well, the joke just got a whole lot funnier, because the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector is going to be available in September for $50,000. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only that, but it is only going to be available to people who live in the New York City metropolitan area. If you don’t live there, you can’t buy it anyway.

sony ultra short throwWe have to give Sony some credit here though! Many of the devices that are always shown off at CES don’t ever even see the light of day after that. Sony did actually deliver what they promised here. And if you are in the 1% of the population who can even say that you’re interested in this projector, then you will be able to order it from Sony by phone or on their website.

The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector uses an SXRD laser to produce its 4096 x 2160 picture. It also has four HDMI inputs, Triluminous display, it supports 3D, and has built in speakers. Although it may not be worth as much as they are asking for it, it is actually a monster. This thing is literally like having a movie theater.

Now, lets say that you are interested in a nice short throw projector, but you don’t want to sell your house in order to get one… There are some good options out there. Plus, if you sold your house to buy this then you’d have to project movies onto trees, and I don’t think that would work very well. You can get a really nice projector for just a few hundred dollars these days.

And if you are interested in something that looks really great for way less money than you would spend buying one, you can always rent a fantastic projector for events or business meetings.

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This Handheld Projector Creates An Interactive Screen

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

touch projectorThere have always been companies that put out handheld projectors, but the new TouchPico from TouchJet is putting a totally new twist on it. This little projector can turn any flat surface into an interactive screen!

It is a small projector that you can hold in your hand. It can run any Android app and projects pictures up to 80 inches on any wall. At 150 lumens, it can produce a pretty good, bright image, and it ships out with a special stylus to use with it.

One of the coolest parts about the whole projector is the way the included stylus works. It isn’t attached to the projector at all so you can move around and use it. One end of the stylus has an infrared switcher, and the projector has an infrared camera attached to it that can track the movement of the pen in front of the TouchPico’s screen. This means that you can use it to interact with any objects on the screen using the stylus and using tapping gestures.

These would be great for a lot of different applications. There are a ton of different projectors out there that are being used for educational purposes, but they are outdated and need special screens to project on in order to work properly. With the TouchPico, you can project images on any flat surface that you can find. Not only that, but it is designed to sit very close to the wall and at a high angle. That means that no matter what you are doing, it would be really hard to block the projection. Throw in the interactive screen with the stylus, and that is just the icing on the cake.

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Also, not trying to put any ideas in your head, but if you’re feeling really irresponsible and want to waste some time in between important work… I’m sure it would be an absolute blast to play Android games on. Just throwing that out there.

The TouchPico has HDMI and audio outputs on the back. It also has built in Wi-Fi and can be used with the Android Screencast technology.

TouchJet is expecting to ship these out in October. They recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the manufacturing of the TouchPico. Expected price around $500 or below. At that price, it seems like a steal.

LG’s New LED Based Projector, The PG85U

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
LGprojectorLG’s newest video projector is an LED-based model, giving it a 30,000 hour light source. The LED light source pretty much does away with the idea of having to replace a lamp. This is probably one of the best long term ideas as far as projectors go. You’re sure to get your money’s worth out of this projector.For those who are interested in projectors, the idea of an LED based projector is amazing just because of how long it will last. The only downfall to this kind of projector would be the light output. Pressure lamps are still much brighter than LED lights. As this projector shows, LED lights are getting much brighter than they once were. At the same time though, pressure lamps are getting better, lasting longer, and are going down in price. There are pros and cons to both types of projectors.When considering your options as far as projectors go, it is important to keep this these things in mind. If you are going to go the more traditional route and get one with a pressure lamp, you should note that the light output will degrade by about half by the time the expiration date rolls around. In order to keep your picture looking good, you would have to replace your lamp when it has reached about 50 percent of its expected lifespan. It seems like a lot to worry about and keep up on. If you are looking for something a little more low maintenance, then the LG PF85U might be a fantastic choice.

Also, when you are factoring in cost, the LG seems like a much better value as well. When you purchase a normal projector, you’re not just paying the initial cost. You are going to be paying for the upkeep on it and new lamps for as long as you have the unit. It may not seem like a big deal, but it adds up. Though an LED based projector may have lower light output, is it worth it in the end because of the lower cost and less hassle? It depends on what you are expecting out of the projector, how many hours per week you will be using it, the light settings you will be using it in, and basically just your personal preference.

Either way, the new LG PF85U is a really interesting projector that is surely worth thinking about and at least taking a look at. It will be hitting the market soon, so you can see for yourself if an LED projector is right for you.

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Sony’s New Projector Turns Walls Into 4K Displays

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One of the newest and most impressive additions to Sony’s line of projectors in the new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, which is able to turn any wall in your office or home into an incredible 4K display. This projector is part of Sony’s new Life Space UX line. One of the most convenient features it has, which also separates it from the rest of the projectors on the market, is that it is made to be placed directly next to the wall that it will be projecting onto. That way, it won’t take up any awkward space in the middle of the room and will come off as more of a decoration piece, or maybe an air filter… or something.

The projector uses a laser light source to project a screen size of up to 147 inches. The actual unit will measure 43.3″ x 10.4″ x 21.1″. It comes equipped with 4 HDMI ports so that you can connect just about anything you could even think of. It’s a little bit on the big side, but it has a lot of nice features, and with it being such a short throw projector, it doesn’t really matter that much what it looks like. It also eliminates the need for any other type of display in the room, resulting in a more modern, organized and professional look overall.

The new, super futuristic, super short throw projector is going to be released this summer. The cost of owning one is going to be through the roof, a whopping $40,000.

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How To Choose The Correct Projector For Your Business Meetings

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 Having a projector for your business makes life a lot easier for everyone when you are conducting meetings or having a video conference. The biggest problem most people have is being able to choose the correct projector to fit their personal business needs. This can take a lot of time and research. While you are looking for the projector that fits your business perfectly, consider the following.

Brightness

One of the most important things to look at is brightness. There are different projectors with different brightness levels for use with lights off, or light on. Depending on how bright the room is, selecting the correct brightness level is going to insure that you get the highest quality picture. If you are going to be using the projector in a well lit room, then you will require a projector with a high lumen count. anything between 2000 and 300 should get the job done. There are also many projectors that you can control the brightness level on, so you may also want to consider one of those models so you can be prepared for any situation.

Resolution

No matter what you end up using the projector for, you always want the best resolution possible. If you are in need of bright colors and a clear picture, then you will probably want to shoot for something at least in the 720p range. 1080p and 4K models are available as well, depending on your budget. 4K is the latest high-definition technology, and will give you an amazing picture all the time, no matter what with an incredible 4096 x 2160 resolution.

Contrast Ratio

This is also another factor that you will have to consider when thinking about picture clarity. Contrast ratio is referring to how deep the black colors are, and how bright the white’s are. For a more crisp and defined picture, you will want to make sure that the projector you choose has a high contrast ratio.

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Projector Lamp

If you are looking for a quality projector for your business, you are going to want to invest your money into something that is going to last a long time. Generally, the projectors on today’s market that will last the longest are using LED projector lamps. Most of these are rated for tens of thousands of hours, while other projectors with normal lamps are rated for around 2,000 hours only. Getting a projector with an LED lamp is obviously the better long term option here.

Throw

When talking about “throw”, this is talking about how far away from the screen the projector has to be in order to project a nice, clean image. Depending on the room that you’ll be using your projector in, there are plenty of options. Just make sure to take this into consideration. If you’re not sure, then don’t be afraid to ask.

There are many options for projectors out there, and choosing one isn’t going to be easy. But if you check in to everything I just told you, your life could be a little bit easier.

Impressive New Portable Projector From Philips That Runs on Android

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Philips is breaking down barriers when it comes to portable Android devices. Generally, when you think of portable Andriods, you think of smartphones, tablets, convertible laptops, or even watches. But the new PicoPix PPX3610 is taking it to a new level. It is a projector that connects to Wi-Fi and runs on the Android Operating system.

A home screen with all of your Android apps shows up on the projected screen and you can access them just like you would on a smartphone or tablet with the touchpad located on top of the projector. The device includes apps for rendering documents from a USB stick or external hard drive like PowerPoint. You also have the entire Google Play store to choose from, just like any other Android device.

You can use Netflix with the projector, play Android games, open documents, surf the internet, anything you want and anything you could do on a tablet or phone except with a way cooler screen. This tiny little portable projector can project a screen of up to 120 inches! The brightness of the LED-powered DLP light engine is 100 lumens when plugged in and 60 lumens when it is running on battery power.

There are multiple ways to get videos on the device. You can watch videos that are on USB sticks, stream videos from Netflix or YouTube, and since the PPX3610 connects to Wi-Fi, you can connect other devices to it and transfer videos that way. On top of the USB slot, there is also a mini HDMI and mini SD card slot located on the back, so you should have no problem finding a way to view your media.

There is a 1 watt speaker build into the device, which isn’t that impressive at all, but you can hook it up to any sound system, speaker set, headphones, or anything that you would like via the connection located on the back.

The battery life could be viewed as a downfall, lasting only about two hours. But first of all, that is long enough to watch a full movie, and second, what would you expect from a projector that wasn’t plugged in? Either way, you should make sure that you bring the power adapter with you,  just in case.

The New PPX3610 is set to release this month, and will retail for $549.

Is The New InFocus IN8606HD Projector Right For You?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

SP8606HDInFocus sets the standard for front projection display developed for consumers.

Just in time for the holiday season, InFocus is expanding on their success in Asia and Europe, and will be bringing their high definition IN8606HD Home Media Projector to the United States.

The new IN8606HD brings 100+ inches of crisp and bright 1080p resolution and 3D images from sources like Blu-ray, DVD, set up boxes, media devices and portable video sources.

“The IN8606HD allows today’s enthusiast to live large and turn any wall into a life-size hi-def experience, and delivers the best in large format displays,” said Benjamin Joy, Product Manager. “And it’s not just about movies anymore; people want to be able to display social media, streaming content, 3D information and video games for groups of people, and settling for a 42” LCD display at home just might not cut it. The IN8606HD’s huge, brightly-colored display makes video games, movies and windowed content come alive.”

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Priced at an entry level, the IN8606HD connects to it’s sources through it’s built in HDMI 1.4, VGA and composite video inputs and supports audio through 3.5mm input and output ports.

“Connect and Project has always been our mantra, therefore we designed these projectors so our customers can easily connect and begin to receive a superior-quality image, without a lengthy or cumbersome setup,” said Joy. “We’re excited to bring this easy-to-use projector to the U.S. because we think movie watchers and gamers, among others, are going to love being able to take it wherever they want their huge, beautiful hi-def experience.”

You will be able to snag this new projector in the U.S. from the InFocus webstore on their website and www.bestbuy.com

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JVC Announces New Projector Line for 2014

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

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JVC has revealed its latest home cinema projector line-up, claiming a ‘substantial improvement in image quality’ alongside ‘the industry’s highest native and dynamic contrast’. Other new features include a new imaging device, an upgraded version of the company’s e-shift technology, 4K source compatibility and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture.

The three new units are the DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R and DLA-X500R, all of which are equipped with 3d playback technology and offer 4K e-shift3. This latest rvolution of JVC’s e-shift magic features a 4K signal input (60p) so that both 4K and 2K sources can now be displayed as 3840 x 2160 images.

The units also use three sixth generation D-ILA imaging devices. This new device has a pixel gap that is 40 percent more narrow than the previous chip. The result is a smoother picture, a ten per cent improvement in light efficiency for a light output of 1,300 lumens and improved native contrast (which is enhanced more so by a new third-generation wire grid optical engine), JVC claims.

The company also states that implementation of a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture results in deeper black levels while maintaining white levels ‘superior to what’s delivered by competing projectors using a dynamic iris’.

Thanks to these new improvements, JVC says that the flagship DLA-X900R sports a native contrast ratio of 150,000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,500,000:1. Meanwhile, the DLA-X700R boasts 120,000:1 native and 1,200,000:1 dynamic, and the DLA-X500R 60,000:1 native and 600,000:1 dynamic.

Picture performance is optimized even more by a new Multiple Pixel Control (MPC) processor featuring eight-band detection. This offers four presets plus an Auto setting that automatically selects the best up conversion process based on the frequency of each pixel. Also, a new Clear Black feature provides local area contrast enhancement, while the improved Clear Motion Drive used a new LSI and algorithm to deliver a significant improvement in motion artifacts on diagonal lines’ with 2D 4K and 2K content and 3D 2K material.

The DLA-X900R and DLA-X700R also offer ISF certfication and have been designed to pass the 400-plus tests necessary to achieve THX 3D Certification (pending).

One current model is the pretty much entry-level DLA-X35 which will carry over to the 2014 line-up along with the three new models – all of which are scheduled to hit retail this month.