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Does Microsoft’s Project Ripple Hold Any Merit For Use With Projectors?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

rippleI’ve always been the type of man to embrace innovation and new ideas. It’s who I am as a person. While I’ve not done the most work with projectors, I do understand enough about them to carry a conversation. I also know well enough to know when I see a good product or marketing idea. Again, I’m all for trying new things, but then there are certain ideas that I see that I feel could have been… better executed I should say. The idea I’m talking about is one of Microsoft’s new projects. The newest idea budding from the tech giant company is “Project Ripple”.

To understand what Project Ripple is, you really need only look at the video to get the basic understanding of it. It’s much like what you may have experienced as a kid when you went to the museum or what ever “family fun learning facilities” you might have went to. The screens you would stand in front of to and flail your body about to make waves on the screen or see yourself in “thermal vision”. That is essentially what Project Ripple is, albeit with a bit more finesse. You’ve even seen things like these at the mall. I know I’ve seen something like that at one of the malls by my house.

What Microsoft is referring to it as, is a “projector-based infotainment center”.  The difference between their system and the ones you’ve seen at shopping centers and museums? It works with two different projectors and is mainly operated by your feet. No, I’m not kidding. While Microsoft has said that it is, in fact, similar to what we’ve seen around publicly, they’ve also admitted to a few sources that they don’t feel that the public technology isn’t living up to its full potential.

Now this may be a true statement, but Microsoft feels that their Project Ripple will be the one to bring that technology’s true potential out onto the surface. What you normally see when dealing with these types of interactive projectors is one screen. The “screen” would be directly at your feet facing from overheard. Microsoft’s version will be dealing with 2 separate projectors. You will now have a screen in front of you and a screen at your feet. The display in front of you will be utilized with the company’s Kinect motion tracking camera. You’ll use your feet for the bottom screen and your hands for the screen in front of you.

One thing that Microsoft noted, was that this wouldn’t be a product. This will be a free open-source program. Microsoft is still designing a multitude of editing tools that will allow users to create just about anything in terms of what they may want. Everything from video content, to Flash, and even HTML will be able to be edited directly in the program. This could lead to specialized ads that could be interactive or even add some flare to a special occasion or presentation event. The ideas are there, that’s for sure, but it still begs the question of practicality. In today’s world, if it’s not practical, it’s not marketable.

If the community is very receptive of this type of software, and want to take the time out of their day to work with it and create something very cool and amazing, then yes this could definitely be a useful tool for projectors. Then again, you have to think of why people get projectors in the first place. Many don’t have a need for this type of software, so Microsoft may be catering to a very small audience. Only time will tell if Project Ripple will actually make some waves.

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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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The Philips Screeneo Projector May Be The Right Entry Level Projector For You!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

screeneoIt’s ok to admit it, some of us don’t really like the idea of getting rid of that huge new heavy TV we just bought. After all, it’s supposed to be the centerpiece for your living room when you watch the game right? Here’s a fact though: that TV has a fixed viewing size, projectors don’t. Again, I know that the idea of replacing that beautiful TV with a projector may seem out of the question, but you don’t have to fear the change anymore! There are projectors out there that have been designed with people like us in mind. There are many makes and models out there,  and it can be confusing to differentiate between them on the basis of lumen count or bulb life. How can a newcomer make sense of all of that terminology?

Perhaps you’re familiar with the brand Philips? You may have one of their TVs in your house, but now they are making it easier to transfer to a projector. The Philips Screeneo projector might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re a first time projector user.

Most people get turned off by the idea of a projector due to the fact that you normally have to have some special mounting involved. Then there is the issue of hiding the wires, should that be something that you want to do. All of that may add extra expense to the projector that you didn’t plan on. This is where this Philips Screeneo helps you out. For those of you that may not be familiar with the term “Short Throw”,  just know that it basically means “feature that saves me money”. Instead of needing to mount the Screeneo, all you need to do is place it on your TV stand and plug it in. You are pretty much ready to go. It throws the image upwards against the wall. These types of projectors are actually meant to be placed against the wall, getting rid of the hassle of mounting and hiding wires.

The output of this projector might not be the flashiest, but it will definitely get the job done. With a 720p resolution output, and a 50-inch display at 10 centimeters from the wall, you’re still going to have a pretty good result. Should you want to increase that size to 100 inches, all you need to do is scoot the device back to 45 centimeters from the wall. What’s better than having a TV whose screen size can be changed? The device also connects to many of the devices you may have at home. All you need to do is set up the screen orientation for each input, and you’ll be ready to go! The Screeneo is powered by Android software and comes with 4GB of storage built into the device. Built in Wi-Fi allows for web browsing on the projector itself. The addition of the SD slots mean that you can add additional storage when you need it and even upload onto the main storage deck. The built-in 26-watt speakers are also a nifty little touch to this projector.

Making the change between a TV and a projector can be difficult when you don’t know where to start or aren’t sure what you’re looking for. While this is a good entry level projector, it may be best to rent it before you buy it, seeing as how the $1,500 price tag is a bit steep.

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Your Projector’s Lamp Plays A Bigger Role Than You Think It Does

Friday, April 25th, 2014
projectorWhen you go out and decide to make a purchase on some new tech, you’re more than likely going to want to know everything about what it is you’re buying. You want to learn what the product does. Are you going to have to perform regular maintenance on it? Do you need any accessories to bring out the product’s full potential? Should something break or become faulty, how do you fix it and how much is it going to cost? One such product that you have to take all of these things into consideration is a projector. You buy a projector for many reasons, but there are factors to consider. Of course picture quality is often the biggest concern, but what about the projector lamp?

Not many think about the projectors lamp when they first get the projector. It’s normal. You are so excited to get this new projector up and running. You want to check out how well the picture quality is and how responsive the projector itself is. So you turn it on, and you notice how bright it is. That is not just some type of coincidence. The brightness of your new projector is directly affected by the projector’s lamp, and unfortunately it won’t stay that bright forever.

When we talk of brightness in projectors, we measure it like we would with any other type of light source; in lumens. Now depending on what type of projector you are going to use, that will likely determine how bright it will be. Should you be looking into getting a business projector, then you can expect to see the images thrown onscreen to be quite bright. Most cheaper models are upwards of around 3500 lumens. By cheap I obviously mean price. You can find a projector with this type of lumen brightness count for less than $1000. That may seem like a bit more than you intend to pay, but remember it’s for the business. If you start to look for a projector for the home, then you need to start looking more at the lumen count and lamp life of your new device. The average consumer is going to take a lot more into consideration when purchasing due to the fact that they’re going to be viewing it for different purposes. They want to look at how well and where they can place it, the image quality, and obviously cost. Because of all of the factors, especially picture quality, household consumers will often choose a projector with less brightness, but better picture quality.

The life span for these projector lamps obviously differentiate as well. It all depends on how often you are going to use your projector. If you are going to use it at full brightness, you can expect around 3000-4000 hours of usage. If you choose to go the “eco” or low power setting, you’ll just be sacrificing a little bit of brightness for an extended life on  your lamp. Certain projectors will give a whole new meaning to long lamp life, if they are used in “eco” mode. While the standard is around 4000-5000 hours in the power save mode, some projectors will be able to push the lamp life a lot longer than that. That’s a very good thing, seeing as how some lamps can get very pricey, especially when dealing with higher end projectors.

When you are looking into projectors, you want to take everything into consideration. Everything has a cost, even the lamp in your projector. Learn more before you rent or buy.

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Should Pico Projectors Be Coupled With Other Devices, Like Smartphones?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

There have been a few items that we have seen recently that have been coupled together. Some devices can make this work out in their favor. Take for example the smartphone. The smartphone is basically a PDA with phone call and texting capabilities. The smartphone even took over the MP3 player by adding the same functionalities as the other device. So many things have been added onto the features of a smartphone, so many different applications and functions, that it now seems like they are just mini computers. They basically do everything your laptop does. I mean, there are different applications that have come up on the mobile app store, providing versions of their software (like Garageband for example) for direct mobile use. Now what about projectors though?

A projector is a bit different that an MP3 player or a Game Boy. It’s not as compact, normally, and tends to offer a function that can’t really be coupled with other tech devices. The biggest reason being the action of image projection. Some people use projectors for their entertainment systems, and this is where they really shine. Trust me, if the Game Boy or PSP was able to project their images on the wall, a lot more people (yours truly included) would have paid pretty handsomely to own one. But here in lies the issue. When you put two devices together, especially if one of those devices happens to be a projector, you arent able to fully focus on each devices’ separate functions and quality while maintaining a small size. We love our technology small, and that’s exactly why the pico projector came along. The pico projector by itself offers exactly what you may need for a short presentation or even a college dorm movie party. You’re smartphone offers you access to basically anything you need as long as you have a phone plan and an internet connection.

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Putting the two together does come with some pretty noticeable benefits. In that same thought process, there are some drawbacks. Take the Ayane pico projector smartphone. Yes, a smartphone with a pico projector built into it. All in all, not a bad idea. The only issue being that with the size of a typical smartphone, Ayane has a certain standard to adhere to. While, yes, there are a few brands like Samsung that put out larger phones, the typical size you are going have is about 5 inches or so. Since this is the market standard, Ayane has to put all of the components and features that make a smartphone a smartphone, while still finding a way to keep the pico projector it packed inside up to standards.

The phone itself isn’t anything fantastic by any means. With only a 2000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2GHz duel-core processor, you’re getting literally the basics in terms of what we consider a high quality smartphone. The pico projector does offer a 42 inch display when thrown on the wall. It offers a 480p resolution and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Definitely not the BEST picture, but for packing that into a smartphone, it definitely gets the job done. But again, this is why some devices might not be suited to be spliced together. Sacrifices will have to be made on both devices, and the quality may suffer in comparison to the industry standards of the modern world.

If you are in need of something that gets the job done, it may not be the worst investment. However, should you want to get the job done with a bit more quality, renting your pico projector may be a better choice.

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The Optoma PK320 Is A Pico Projector With Power

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Have you ever noticed that the smaller a device gets, the more impressive it seems? While this is not to sound cross or sarcastic towards any company or device, it just seems to be the norm. It’s never a bad thing to have larger devices shrunken down to accommodate for more mobile purpose and functionality. Remember when you first bought your boombox or Playstation 2 and how big and bulky it was? Then as time went on, we were delivered the smaller versions of these devices. They performed exactly the same as their larger counter parts but were a lot more portable. That is, luckily, the same thing that has happened now with projectors. Instead of the large boxy things from our memories of 4th grade math class, we now have some that are a bit smaller.

Pico projectors are essentially portable projectors that can be put in your pocket and taken with you on the go. They run on battery charge but can deliver the perfect visuals you need for meetings or impromptu movie sessions with friends.

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In case you have been on the search for a new pico projector, or just want to start out with the best of the best, the Optoma PK320 may be the one you’ve been waiting for. Pico projectors are perfect for business meetings, and this is the one to prove it.

The throw of this particular pico projector sits at almost 20 feet in range, and can display images up to 150 big diagonally. No matter how you slice it, both of these numbers are enough to get your attention. The projector itself is pretty small. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand actually. The projector is only 4.7 inches long, 2.7 inches wide, and a mere 1.2 inches tall. something that can easily fit into a bag or your pocket.

The projectors image quality is pretty substantial for its size as well. It’s contrast ratio sits right at 3000:1 which means you’ll get some really vibrant pictures when you need them. Your blacks will be black, your whites will be white, and everything in between! The Optoma’s aspect ratio is 16:9 with a pixel resolution output of 854 x 480. While it may not seem like much, the resolution rate is actually the industry standard for these types of projectors. The projector can be powered through an AC adapter, but should that not be available, it can run about 45 minutes on a standard charge, and about 90 minutes on “Eco” mode. Perfect amounts for any business presentation you might have.

The projector also comes with 2GB of internal memory storage, but it might be better to just stick with a USB flash drive as there is an available USB port for it as well. By carrying the flash drive with you, it eliminates the need for you to bring your laptop into the presentation or have it with you when getting ready to watch a movie with friends. If you are going to go portable, you might as well go completely portable right?

The best part is that this projector retails for only $129 currently. Definitely not a bad price for the quality and size. However, if you are on the fence or new to pico projectors, renting one for your next business presentation isn’t a bad idea at all.

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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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BenQ Has Unleashed Their Brand New P Series Projectors!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

396It seems like it is just a fact that some tech is more popular than others. Phones, TVs, and game consoles always seem to have priority. That means that other tech seems to go under the radar, and gets left unnoticed. The worst part is, is that it is usually the best tech that never gets enough attention from others. Take projectors for example. There is obviously a select market for everything out there, and projectors are no exception. But a lot of people tend to miss out on new models simply because they get overshadowed. Take BenQ’s new projectors for example. They have just released their new “P Series” of projectors, and they look to be pretty amazing.

So what is their angle exactly? They have these new projectors, but everyone has something they can offer you. BenQ’s new projectors look to offer you a higher sense of professionalism with tons of different setting options. They are releasing these new projectors with the idea of having top performance available in mind. They aim to have their new series be perfect for anyone interested in projectors. Anything from the school house, to your home, to the corporate businesses. The Associate Vice President, Kristen Kennedy, even came out an confirmed this by stating “Our new line of P Series projectors was engineered to provide the marketplace with a more affordable package for producing professional-grade projection within a wide range of settings”.

The new “P Series” only carries two models right now, but sometimes less is more! The PX9600 and the PW9500 offer XGA and WXGA resolutions respectively. The higher end model will offer a stunning 6,500 lumens and a 2800:1 contrast ratio. The lower end model will see that same level contrast ratio, but will give off a slightly less 5,700 lumens. Due to these contrast ratio levels, these new projectors are able to give off incredible quality image display in virtually any type of installation or lighting environment. Both come standard equipped with HQV image processing. This means that both projectors will be able to scale the outputs. Since the outputs are scaled, the images displayed will be in constant full resolution so you can enjoy an enhanced picture quality and details of the image. The HQV also helps with the random noise that can come upon viewing compressed digital video files.

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One of the settings being offered with the new “P Series” is the addition of the 4-segment and 6-segment color wheels. These can be interchanged based on specific installation requirements, thus assuring that your image quality is always where you need it to be. The added 7 interchangeable projector lenses also help. Maybe you are more of a short throw guy; there’s a lens for that. Like your projector further back? There’s a lens for that too.
These projectors have obviously been designed with the consumers in mind. Options are the key element when looking at the new BenQ “P Series”, and honestly nothing moves units more than options. The retail for both the PX9600 and the PW9500 are the same, sitting at $3,999. A bit pricey, but remember that you are paying for the options too.

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Why Using A Projector Is Better Than Using Your Tiny TV

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

It has always been a symbol of power amongst friends; who has the bigger TV? Never has this fight been a fair one, as we see friend against friend constantly trying to one-up each other. This is to be expected as most all males do love competition. However, the prices of TV’s are never cheap enough to where we feel like we have just gotten a steal, and can walk away with our wallets still content. The other downside is that it seems like as soon as you buy that new $3,000 TV, it is already obsolete. Well, why stick with a TV that is constantly stuck at 55″ or 70″ max? Why not venture into the realm of projectors? After all, there are a multitude of reason’s as to why they out class TVs.

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Think about the size for one. This is probably the first thing you will should consider. While it may be true that you don’t necessarily NEED a TV the size of the moon, it is never a bad feeling to know that you can own one. The sad truth is, is that depending on the size and type of the display, ultimately affects the price. When picking up a projector, the size limitation basically goes out of the window. The size of your “screen” is limited only to the size of the blank wall you will be projecting your images on. Movies, TV, web surfing, and video games look great on a 70″ 1080p TV display. They look even bigger and better on a 108″ 1080p display! The fact is, is that you are paying for fixed size and display type when buying a TV. You only pay for display type when you rent or buy a projector.

Since you an increase the overall size of the image depending on the size of the wall, this is where the whole 4K benefits really kick in. At the normal distance most of us sit away from the TV, it is next to impossible to see a real difference in the pixel count/quality between Ultra HD 4K resolution and regular 1080p resolution. Take that pixel count and expand it on the wall. Now you have that crystal clear picture that everyone raves about with the added pixels. Even at magnified viewing based on the distance from the wall, a 4K projector’s clarity is unmatched. The only downside is finding, and at an affordable price.

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Since you are expanding the image, all the light from the display has more room to spread out. This answers the question of, “will my eyes hurt?”. That answer is no. Again, the light is not as concentrated into a smaller area like it would be for a TV. This fact along with the ability to easily mount most projectors make them the obvious rental or purchase. You obviously get into more expenses should you decide to set up the wiring in the walls or get a projection screen. Then again, there is nothing wrong with having a nice stand for it, plugging it in, and displaying it on a solid white wall. TVs are a lot heavier than projectors, so remember that. Should you still be on the fence, remember that renting your projector before you buy it first is never a bad idea.

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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.