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Projector Selection Guide

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Projectors have long been a staple of the event industry. From seminars to conferences and product launches, projectors enable event planners to ensure that the audience is able to get the information they need and deliver visuals that are easily seen by every attendee. There are many different factors to consider when selecting which projector rental is right for your event and the wide range of products and features available can be confusing. Have no fear -our handy guide can help you select the right projector rental for your next event.

Projector in a large auditorium

Event space and audience size

The size of your space and audience is one of the most important factors in selecting the right projector for your event. Once you’ve selected the location of your event, measure the space and map out the setup you’ll use on the day of the event. Having this information in hand, you can start to narrow down your projector selection.

Planning a huge presentation or product launch in a massive converted warehouse space? Then you’re in need of a large venue projector rental, with its 5,000 or more lumens designed for projecting oversized images for big audiences. Whether you’re staging a trade show or a concert, large venue projectors can help create the excitement your event demands.

Don’t forget to equip your breakout spaces. If your next conference includes breakout sessions in smaller meeting rooms, our breakout room projection rentals allow your team to quickly and easily deliver information to participants. From slideshows and spreadsheets to short videos, these projectors help move along the discussion while giving your breakout session leaders the ability to disseminate information easily.

Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio is the geometry of the projected image, or the ratio between the width and height of an image. For quick and easy reference, the aspect ratio of a projector is displayed on the equipment itself, with the most common ratios being 4:3 and 16:9.

If your projection media includes video, the most important consideration for aspect ratio is the type of video you’re projecting. If your media is streaming or in widescreen, you’ll want to look for a widescreen projector that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio. When selecting projectors for PowerPoint presentations or video directly from a desktop or laptop, a 4:3 ratio is generally sufficient. While you can project media with a larger aspect ratio on a projector with a smaller aspect ratio, you will lose viewing quality as the projector shrinks or cuts off portions of the image.

Image resolution

Image resolution is the number of pixels used to create an image. You’ll need to find the resolution of your video or other display content. If you’re projecting from a computer screen, you can use the computer’s resolution as a guide for selecting your projector. For streaming TV or video, the resolution is identified using only the number of horizontal pixels followed by the letter ‘i’, such as 720i or 1080i, while recorded content uses the letter ‘p’, as in 1080p. Want to know more about image resolution? Check out our sister site’s recent post Is 4MP the Same as 4K?: And Other Questions about Image Resolution You’ve Been Dying to Have Answered.

For the best quality projection results, you should select a projector whose horizontal number is at least as high as that of the videos or images you want to view. Need to share high-resolution media? High definition projector rentals offer crisp and clear images at an impressive 1080p, important for events that include video, images, and presentation slides.

Brightness and Contrast

In the lingo of projectors, brightness is the amount of light your eyes perceive from a projected image. Conversely, contrast is the difference between the brighter and darker portions of that image. Brightness is typically measured in lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the projection. Contrast is measured as a ratio of the brightest white and darkest black the projector is capable of producing. The greater the difference between the numbers in the ratio, the better the viewing experience.

Event planner with audio visual

When thinking about the number of lumens and the amount of contrast you need from a projector rental, think about the lighting in your event space. If your projections take place in an entirely dark room, you may not need a high lumen projector. If you’ll have natural lighting coming into the space or have ambient lighting, you’ll need a brighter projector to help event attendees clearly view the media you’re sharing.

Top 10 Meeting and Event Destinations in the United States

Results are based on a supplier network of over 2,000 convention and visitors’ bureaus in the United States. Here are the top 10 cities based on 1,000 evaluated cities and 2,000 major metropolitan areas:

    1. Orlando, Florida
    2. Washington, DC
    3. Las Vegas, Nevada
    4. Miami, Florida
    5. Chicago, Illinois
    6. San Diego, California
    7. Phoenix, Arizona
    8. Atlanta, Georgia
    9. Dallas, Texas
    10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Still have questions?

Projector rentals are an ideal way to ensure that the information and images you want to share are seen by all attendees at your events. Making the right choice for your projector rentals can be the difference between muddled images and sending a clear message to your attendees. If you need guidance on the right projector for your next event, the experts at Rentourprojectors.com have a wide variety of projectors to meet the needs of your next event, conference, or project. Get a quote for all of your projector rental needs today!

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Lenovo Is Giving Us A Tablet With A Built-In Pico Projector!

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Over the course of the past few years, we’ve seen some pretty amazing breakthroughs with projectors and how we can actually use them. There have been many new makes and models to come out, each boasting different specs and functions. tablet textEven with all of the new projectors that come out though, they can still be looked at as an “unnecessary” commodity in the eyes of some. There’s not a huge sense of practicality for those that would only use it for business or the occasional movie night. To them it might be just an extra expense. Because of that however, we’ve been graced by projectors being incorporated into other tech devices, such as our smartphones.

One that is a bit new to the table though, is a projector in a tablet.

Lenovo’s Projector Tab Is Pretty Sweet

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When you think about how much we use our tablets, both for business and for pleasure, there are certain ideas that would just… make sense. Tablets these days are used mainly for consuming content. Now mind you there are still some out there who use it for business purposes. Projectors have recently started to become more than just devices that throw images upon a wall or screen. They’re now holding hard drives and are capable of using apps, much like your tablet. The new Lenovo Yoga 2 tablet just cuts the middleman out all together and gives us a tablet with a built-in pico projector. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space to hold all sorts of apps, photos, movies, and games. It’s also working with a 4th gen Intel Atom processor with the Android KitKat 4.4 OS. The tablet is capable of throwing a 50 inch image for you and everyone else to enjoy.

How Will You Use It?

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Needless to say, many of us who own tablets normally just surf the web, go on social media, and watch YouTube videos. Even still, if that is the case, there is nothing wrong with throwing up a 50 inch display of your favorite cat videos for you and your friends to cry laughing at. This isn’t to say that I’m pigeon-holing this product. There is still a high use business aspect of this device as well. It can be cumbersome to actually connect a tablet to a projector, so when you’re going to give your presentation at that board meeting, it might not go as well as you may have wanted. Now with the Lenovo Yoga 2, you don’t have to worry about that. Every corporate office deals with giving and receiving presentations. This tablet just makes your presentation giving a lot easier.

SEE ALSO: Ashton Kutcher’s New Creation Is A Tablet With A Built In Projector

Should We Expect This To Become The Norm?

While this is still a really cool and practical (for once) concept, there is still a lot more to projectors than most people realize. To have a really good image, you not only need a good projector, but also a good screen to go along with it. With the new Lenovo tab, you’re not really going to be too worried about having a good screen however, because your tablet has a pico projector inside of it, and it should be enough to get the job done. Until companies are able to truly make something like a 4K short throw projector built-into an extremely fast and extremely light weight tablet, laptop, or wearable, I feel that it’s safe to say that this could be a one time thing. That being said, I’ve been wrong before.

Whether you would be using this for business or pleasure, there is no doubt that having a pico projector built into the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet isn’t an awesome asset. Now if only it was an ultra short throw pico projector…

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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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Everything You Need To Know About DLP Projector Rentals

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

light switchWhen it comes to visual technology, most people nowadays understand what LED, LCD and HD mean in terms of picture quality. But when you delve into the realm of projectors, a new technology is added to the list, DLP. Ask any random person on the street what those other things mean and they can tell you with a certain amount of confidence. Ask them what DLP means and you might as well ask them what the answer to life, the universe and everything is (it’s 42, by the way).

DLP stands for Digital Light Processing and is one of the leading technologies used in digital cinema projection. Some have called this technology “the world’s most sophisticated light switch” with the technology spreading through the consumer electronics sector at an astonishing rate over the past few years.

The technology was invented back in 1987 by Dr. Larry Hornbeck of Texas Instruments and has become so popular that it even warranted its very own Super Bowl commercial back in 2008. With the catchphrase “It’s in the mirrors”, Texas Instruments has marketed this technology extremely well.

DLP technology, in its early form, could be found in large screen TV displays but has evolved into one of the leading technologies in video projection. DLP projectors have many advantages over other forms of projectors, including high resolution chips tat are able to project images at near 35 or 70mm film quality without the negative effects of film scratches. In addition to that, other advantages include top quality color accuracy with no “screen door” effects and smooth, high contrast pictures.

Independent testing has shown that DLP projectors exhibit consistent picture reliability, with the same testing indicating that LCD projectors developed some image degradation. Picture reliability is how images form your projector will look over time. When you look at a projected image, you may notice an unusual amount of yellow or green hues in your images. This is what is known as color decay. Projectors that use DLP technology are virtually immune to color decay.

Some quick facts about DLP projectors include:

  • DLP Projectors display movies better
  • DLP Projectors are better to use for presentations that include fast motion graphics.
  • DLP Projectors are reliable long-term

DLP Projector rentals are popular with presenters who need animated presentations displayed. These projectors also usually provide a larger size projection due to the fact that DLP projectors focus more on higher quality brightness and color saturation than LCD while also producing a more consistent picture.

RentOurProjectors.com has been in the projector rental industry for over 20 years. With that type of experience, RentOurProjectors.com is certain that you will be able to find the perfect projector for your short-term projector rental needs. If DLP is what you are looking for then you will be pleased to know that RentOurProjectors.com has the latest in DLP projector technology, including the BenQ MP522 Lumen DLP projector which comes with a native XGA 2,000 lumen output and the latest in DLP technology.

No matter your need, RentOurProjectors.com can help. Contact a Tech Travel Agent today to start down the path to an amazing projector rental experience. With local delivery and installation from a certified professional and 24/7 customer support you’d be hard pressed to find a better experience than the one you’ll get from www.RentOurProjectors.com

What Makes A Projector Practical These Days?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

projectorI don’t care what type of technology you use or what you are into. We can all agree on something; we’re not going to go out of our way to purchase new tech devices unless we can see ourselves using them. There has to be a level of practicality to the devices that we use. We NEED to have a reason to buy it. There has to be something that the device offers that makes us want to buy it. It’s pretty easy to justify the purchase of laptops, tablets, computers, and even smartphones. We tend to use these devices every day. Some things that you may not think of in terms of practicality are projectors. They too have to be useful in more ways than one these days.

Is Your Projector Practical?

Obviously if you have a projector, you know that you’ve bought it for a reason. You want to make sure that you can view your images and videos on a larger display. If you have one at your office, you more than likely use it for business meetings to talk about projected sales and need it to make sure everyone can see the images in the meeting clearly. They all have the basic function, but there usually has to be a bit more to makes sure that consumers want to buy it. Even today, most business want a bit more from their projectors than just throwing the image on the closest wall. Does your projector do more than that? If not, you may want to look at other options just to see what you’ve been missing out on.

Internet Access and Hotspots

There’s a lot that could be considered useful when talking about projectors. All things considered could be the reason why you decide to purchase your projector. Yes, short-throw and 4K projection are all nice things, but they are very specific bonuses. What about the projectors that offer you more? There are projectors that offer you internet access and even access to apps. That’s right. There are projectors out there that you can watch Netflix and Hulu on right now. Obviously, this is more of a relaxed consumer benefit, but still a very nice practical addition to any projector. There is a ZTE projector that projects at 1080p but also doubles as a mobile hotspot thanks to Sprint. This projector is what I would call practical. Always having access to internet usage is something that EVERYONE can get behind. We are a society that has to stay connected nowadays. That’s just how we are now

It All Helps Make Your Decision Easier

Projectors cost money just like everything else. If you’re going to rent yours for some type of event, meeting, or convention, you’re going to want something that you can be proud of. You’re going to want to get your hands on the projector that is going to be just as practical as it is effective. Simply by looking at the extra features and seeing what would be beneficial to have could help make your decision making so much easier. Are you going to need the internet access and app usage? Are you going to need the mobile hotspot functionality? Perhaps you just need something that’s short-throw or ultra high resolution output. All of these factors are going to determine how practical your projector is/will be. It is all a matter of opinion, but just remember; ALL projectors project images, but they’re not all made the same.

I, just like everyone else, want my technology to be practical. When I think of a projector that is able to work and give me a mobile hotspot for internet access as well, I feel like I found a projector that is worth checking into. Practicality is key.

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The Ins And Outs Of An HD Projector Rental

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

462443715Having a projector doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice picture quality like it did in the past. Projectors are now following the latest trends of high definition media and many HD projectors are now available to everyday consumers for prices that fit almost any budget. High definition (HD) projectors offer full 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions, meaning that they are leaps and bounds above the standard 800 x 600 resolutions of traditional SVGA projectors.

When looking for the right HD projector there are a few things you need to take into consideration, like performance features and characteristics. Each HD projector is different and works differently in different situations so it is imperative that you understand what everything means and how it affects you.

One of the most important aspects of a projector and one that almost everyone notices first is the sharpness and clarity of the HD images. It will be difficult to compare image quality unless the source is 1080p from a Blu-ray player or equivalent device. An HD projector that is incapable of  handling an HD image will have an apparent softness while the images will have a slightly blurry or cloudy look to them while also displaying digital noise. As an example, switch your HDTV to a channel that isn’t an HD channel and that should help put things into perspective.

The de-interlacing capability of the projector is another feature that you should consider. A projector that has poor de-interlacing capabilities will suffer from flickering and motion artifacts.  A projector should provide a solid and stable image with few noticeable faults.

Lumen output is also a huge factor in determining the right projector for your needs. On average a higher lumen output will provide a brighter picture. Higher lumens are needed if you plan on using the projector in well-lit rooms or even outside. Without the proper lumen output your projector will look transparent and dull.

Contrast ratios measure the brightest white compared to the darkest black. The higher the contrast ratio the bigger the difference is between the two colors. Higher contrast ratios will provide more realistic looking pictures for dark scenes and images in addition to more vibrant colors.

Black levels refer to how rich the black will be when displaying the colors. Projectors that have low black levels will have their black colors look less, well, black. They are typically referred to as “bright” black or looking more gray. Black levels need to be taken into consideration, especially when using an HD projector.

Audible fan noise may not seem like that big of a deal but trust me when I say that a quiet fan makes a huge difference. When projectors are being used at max settings they often go into a high lamp mode which requires even more cooling from the internal cooling fan. In a situation where you are trying to watch a movie a loud fan can be a big distraction.

Other characteristics that need to be taking into consideration include zoom lens, lens shift, connectivity and compatibility along with warranty and price. If you take all these factors into consideration and determine which features are the most important to you then you will be completely satisfied with whatever purchase you decide to make.

If you are just at a complete loss then the professional Tech Travel Agents at RentOurProjectors.com can help with any and all questions. Renting an HD projector allows you to get all the benefits of an HD projector for a short term. Simply tell your Tech Travel Agent what you need your HD projector for and they will assist you every step of the way to ensure that you get exactly what you need, exactly what you’re looking for and something that fits your budget.

What Will Projectors Be Like In The Future?

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

178800526 (2)Technology slows down for no man, and it shouldn’t. We are developing new ideas and concepts at such an alarming rate that it would be almost idiotic for it to slow down for society. Society moves fast anyway, so it would make sense for the advancements in our tech to move at the same speed. We’ve seen the tablets, the smartphones, the computers, and the smartwatches. What about the projectors? What about the projectors that are going to be available for recreational use, and not just for office meetings? There is a lot changing and developing with the new projector technology. Whether it be 4K, short throw, holograms, interactive, or even higher functioning pico and portable projectors, we have a lot to look forward to with the new technology.

While we know that the projectors are looking towards the future, it does make one wonder, “what is the next step for projectors to push for?”

There are plenty of avenues open for projectors right now. They have a plethora of different realms that they can put more focus and funding towards. Though, just because you can spend money on something doesn’t mean that you should. Instead, developers should be focusing on what is going to generate the most revenue now so that they can put profits towards funding for the other ideals. If mobile projectors are going to bring in the most money right now, then that is where more funding should be going. Mind you though, there is a reason why I said mobile projectors.

Lets think for a second about the technology that we use every day. We use our laptops, smartphones, and tablets. These all fall into the category of mobile technology. Shouldn’t it only make sense that we bring the same idea towards the development of new projectors? Yes, 4K is nice, if you have a big enough screen for it (and the pockets for it). Holograms and Interactive projectors are always fun and entertaining, but also very costly to create and can be unresponsive. Short Throw projectors are good for a STRICTLY entertainment-only projector that is designated to be stationary. The more mobile projectors are where I feel there could be a lot more promise for companies.

With the use of the mobile projectors, you’ve entered the realm of other mobile technology that is on such a mass market area, it could bring in quite a profit. I never thought that tablets would catch on, but I was dead wrong. I know that mobile projectors could have the same type of effect. There are even some smartphones out there that are including projectors in them. This is where I see promise. This is where I can see the future happening. We have the incredible displays on our smartphones and tablets. Why not make the picture large enough for everyone to see? We have cameras on the backs of our devices. Why not add a projector? This can pave the way for pico projectors to be a more dominant version of projectors on the market as well. The idea is being mobile. We are always moving as a society, so why not add it to literally every tech device we have?

Almost everything tech related that we use is mobile today. Our game systems, our computers, and our phones, are all now basically one in the same. All inclusive in one device or more. I can only see this being the case for projectors in the near future. It would only make sense. Projectors are going to move and become more mobile with us, just like every other technology. It’s only a matter of time before we seem them available for purchase and rental on the mass market.

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The 4 Easy Steps To A Great Projector Rental

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

153064270I love step-by-step guides. I mean, unless you are buying something from Ikea, step-by-step guides are one of the greatest ways to accomplish something or put something together. For the most part they are simple, user-friendly, easy to understand and ensure that you do a great job and get everything done to the best of your ability. In my opinion the world needs more step-by-step guides.

But I’m not the only one that loves a good step-by-step guide. The folks over at RentOurProjectors.com also seem to be a fan as they have laid out an extremely simple 4 step guide to getting a nationwide projector rental. That’s right, if you thought renting a projector would be difficult or that you would have to jump through a lot of hoops or deal with a lot of technical mumbo jumbo then this easy 4 step process is perfect.

Before I break it down into the specifics let me run through the 4 steps real quick. They are: 1.) You Book It… 2.) We Deliver It… 3.) You Enjoy It… 4) You Return it. Alright, now that we know that the steps are, let’s get into their specifics and how they can make renting a projector from RentOurProjectors.com that much easier.

Step 1: You Book It!

The first step to renting a projector from RentOurProjectors.com is figuring out what type of projector you need. Do you need an LCD? DLP? DVD? Business projector? Portable projector? Something for a large venue? Something with HD capabilities? Something for your living room or entertainment center? I’m sorry, I know I just threw a ton of different options at you but it’s going to be okay. During step 1 you will contact one of RentOurProjectors.com’s Tech Travel Agents.

A Tech Travel Agent is an industry professional that excels at renting technology for any need or reason. All you have to do is describe your rental needs (i.e. what you need your projector rental for) and your Tech Travel Agent will be able to help you figure out the perfect piece of equipment that will suit your need perfectly. I guarantee that your Tech Travel Agent will find you the best product at the best rental price.

Step 2: We Deliver It!

This is one of the best features about renting a projector from RentOurProjectors.com, the local delivery and installation. No matter where you are in the country (or even if you are in some parts of Canada, Mexico or the United Kingdom) RentOurProjectors.com will have your equipment delivered and set up for you whenever and wherever you need it by a local technician.

The benefit of this is two-fold. Not only does having a local technician deliver and set up your projector rental mean you have someone you can contact for any technical difficulties or customer support but it also means that you are helping support the local job market. Local delivery and installation means that the community is also benefiting from your smart rental, not just you.

Step 3: You Enjoy It!

This is probably the easiest of the 4 steps. One your projector rental is delivered, installed and tested to make sure everything is working properly it’s your turn to enjoy it. Utilize the latest technology that the projector industry has to offer wherever and whenever you want. RentOurProjectors.com isn’t your grandma’s projector rental service. We have all the latest technology from the biggest names in the projector industry, meaning you have full access to top-of-the-line equipment.

Step 4: You Return It!

With every projector rental a return label is included, meaning all you have to do is drop the device off at your local UPS store. Not near a UPS store? No problem. Remember that local technician I mentioned in Step 2? Well he/she will come back out, tear everything down and return your projector rental personally, leaving all the logistics up to us. It’s that simple.

So there you have it! A simple, step-by-step guide to getting the most out of your nationwide projector rental: You Book It…, We Deliver It…, You Enjoy It…, You Return It… It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! (and 4… 1, 2, 3 and 4). For any and all of your projector rental needs look no further than RentOurProjectors.com!

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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MIT Develops Glasses-Free 3D Projector, Bridges Gap Between 3D And Holographic Video

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

790727003D entertainment has come a long way in recent years but users are still required to experience the technology via 3D glasses. The Camera Culture Group over at the Media Lab of MIT has just begun developing an all new 3D video projection system that will allow users to forgo the use of 3D glasses while also providing different users different perspective angles of the same object. According to the group, this technology will be used as a transition between the 3D technology of today and true holographic projection of the future.

MIT’s approach is to come up with a video projection system that doesn’t require the use of 3D glasses. This system will also have wide vision angles along with an ultra-high resolution while being mechanically simple, meaning you won’t have to deal with elaborate installations. In addition to that, this system is also aimed at being more economical than traditional holographic systems of similar quality.

The whole idea behind this technology from MIT is that it will act as a short term solution until something more refined is developed while also making it something users of traditional 2D systems will find attractive enough to start to transition into the 3D space.

What’s interesting about this technology is that it doesn’t simply produce an illusion or parallax. Instead, it creates an actual shift in perspective for multiple viewers looking at the image from multiple angles, providing that the illusion that you are looking at is a real life object. What’s more is that this technology provides better resolutions and contrasts than most 2D video.

Inside the projector is a set of flat panels comprised of liquid-crystal modulators. These panels act as tiny LCD screens that are set between the backlight source and the lens. The first set of LCDs produces light patterns at certain angles which then pass through the second set of LCDs at these exact angles. The patterns then go through a series of lenses arranged like a Keplerian telescope after which they pass through a transparent projection screen that is made up of lines of vertical lenses. This resolves the patterns into a 3D image that shifts as you move from one of eight PoVs to another.

The image is refreshed 240 times per second, which is less than that of a standard TV but more than standard-speed film. Even though the system will require a lot of bandwidth to operate, it does create the possibility of displaying ultra-high resolution video. This is achieved through data compression algorithms that focus on reproducing the edges of the images as opposed to the body of the images. In addition to that, the algorithm also produces a far brighter image with a stronger contrast by generating closer to “true black”, which is not possible with LCDs.

While we may still be a long way away from holographic projections similar to our favorite sci-fi movies, the technology is improving in that direction. This new system from MIT is being treated as a bridge between what we’ve envisioned from movies and what we currently have in terms of 3D projection. While the MIT team sees this technology having a use in entertainment, the technology could also have applications in collaborative designs and medical imaging.

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