March 7th, 2014
The concept of projecting information onto your body is starting to see a surge in popularity. Today, it was revealed that Samsung has filed a patent that turns your hands into an augmented reality keyboard. The patent details that the system would be integrated into a product called Galaxy Glass. The device will have many of the features that the Google Glass has. It will provide voice activation and the ability to access online conversations and information. The trouble that Samsung has with the Google Glass is that the voice recognition can’t work properly in busy rooms or the user will reveal personal information in a quiet room. To combat both problems, the patent will have the glasses project a keyboard onto the user’s fingertips that they can use to type information instead. There is no word yet if the patent will become reality, but it’s a creative solution to the problem.
[via Digital Trends]
March 7th, 2014
Zecotek Photonics is a developer of leading edge photonics technologies for medical, industrial and scientific markets. Today, the company announced that they have filed two patents with the US Patent Office that will utilize front and rear projection systems. The first uses a front-projection auto-stereoscopic 3D display system which enables viewers to experience 3D images without the need for 3D glasses. The other patent is similar to the first in that it details a glasses-free 3D projection system. The big difference though is that the second patent uses a rear-projection system instead of a front. “Protecting our intellectual property is of the utmost importance and the two patents filed for our 3D display technology cover key areas for future growth,” said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. “We have introduce two 3D system designs which do not require the need for special glasses. The front-projector 3D system design uses a special reflection screen to allow viewers to experience auto-stereoscopic 3D content. The rear-projection 3D system, similar to our patented 3D display technology (US Patent No. 7,944,465) which uses a vibrating lenticular display, does not require a vibrating lenticular component which makes the system easier to manufacture and scalable to larger sizes. We will continue to vigorously protect all of the Company`s underlying technology through patents.” Currently the company has not said if the patents will be further developed into actual products or not.
[via PR Newswire]
March 6th, 2014
According to a new market research report released by Markets and Markets the pico projector market is expected to continue to grow well into the future. The report is titled “Pico Projector Market by Technology, Type, Product Model, Brightness, Application, & Geography Forecasts & Analysis” and it predicts that the industry will generate revenue to up to $10.09 billion by 2020. The report shows that the industry is expected to grow steadily each ear by up to 41.01% each year between now and 2020. Also in the report, the researchers state 25 of the most promising contributors to the industry’s growth. They state that the growth will be made possible thanks to competitive marketing between these companies. Some of the top companies listed include LG, Samsung, AAXA, Aiptek, Microvision, 3M, Sony, and Optoma.
[via PR Web]
March 6th, 2014
Acer is proud to announce today the availability of two new P-series DLP projectors. The Acer P7505 and P1383W both include 3D technology and are designed for high brightness and wide projection. The P7505 include 5000 ANSI lumens, a 10000:1 contrast ratio, and HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The P1383W has a 17000:1 contrast ratio, 3100 ANSI lumens, and a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Both models come with their own collection of special features. The P7505 includes stereophonic sound and is ideal for auditoriums and brightly lit boardrooms. The P1383W is more for classrooms and provides excellent image quality. “Our newest projector options for professional environments are designed to deliver high quality visuals in an easy to use and robust platform,” said Edward Chan, Acer America product manager. “The feature-rich Acer P7505 is capable of projecting hard hitting presentations in Full HD and the image and sound quality necessary for immersing a ballroom or theater. The Acer P1383W is a great fit for conference rooms and education where there is no a need to run full HD video and budget is key. Both projectors support widescreen projection and 3D and provide instant pack functionality.” The P7505 and P1383W are both available now and retail for $1699 and $549, respectively.
March 6th, 2014
Dell was happy to announce today the release of several new products. Among them is their newest interactive projector, the Dell S520. This device is a short throw projector and features 3100 ANSI lumens, a 2200:1 contrast ratio, and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. The projector is capable of displaying up to a 100” screen size from only 2.5 feet from the screen. Dell has given the projector a diverse connection panel that includes two RGB ports, an s-video, HDMI, USB, and a microphone jack. There is also network capabilities and wireless options. The S520 is available now and retails for $4129.
[via Business Wire]
March 5th, 2014
Cinemagic is a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico. Today, they announced that they will up upgrading 70 screen to a digital system. This will be made possible with help from Christie as they provide several of their Solaria One+ and CP2220 projectors. The Solaria One+ features 10000 ANSI lumens, a 1900:1 contrast ratio, and 2K HD (2048 x 1080) resolution. The CP2220 features the same resolution, but also comes with a 2100:1 contrast ratio and 22000 ANSI Lumens. ““With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.
March 5th, 2014
The Acer K135 projector is one of the company’s new portable models. It comes with 500 ANSI lumens, a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and a 10000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Business Today got to review this device. They were very impressed with the light weight and sleek look. The setup was easy and quick and they had the projector working in a matter of minutes. The performance was good for the size although the writers thought the sound quality could have been improved. In the end, the writers concluded by saying that it was worth considering for home entertainment and small offices.
[via Business Today]
March 5th, 2014
Optoma is happy to unveil two new portable projectors, the X316-EDU and W316-EDU. Both projectors were designed to be both portable and ideal for classrooms and educational purposes. The X316-EDU model includes 3200 ANSI lumens and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, while the W316-EDU has a native WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and 3400 ANSI lumens. Both projectors also include a 15000:1 contrast ratio, DLP display technology, and 3D capabilities. Optoma has also included a diverse connection panel that includes an HDMI, RGB, composite, and several audio ports. Optoma did not announce retail prices yet but they will be made available sometime soon.
March 4th, 2014
How would you like to have your events calendar in the palm of your hand at all times? Well the Israeli designer Dor Tal wanted the same thing, which is why he designed a device called Predictables. This wrist-mounted projector is an automated social media calendar app. It will display onto the user’s palm future events that it collects from the user’s social media sites and conversational history. When information is found, the device will project helpful reminders like “You should buy Anna flowers, she’s about to be sad.” Essentially the Predictables device will be a great tool to help you keep track of people and places around you. Unfortunately, the designer didn’t say if it will be developed past the concept design.
March 3rd, 2014
The concept of embedding a pico projector into a smartphone is not new. But that doesn’t keep companies from trying. Today, a company called STMicroelectronics unveiled their new laser-based MEMS mirror projection module. The company plans to unveil the device at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The module is about the size of a battery and can create decent images onto screens measuring up to 20” diagonally. The projector displays 20 ANSI lumens and a HD (1280 x 720) resolution. It can connect to outside devices via a microHDMI port or a microUSB port. The laser-based technology ensures there is no need for focusing concerns. The company announced that the device will be used for smartphones instead of becoming a standalone product. Unfortunately, they did not say when the phones will be available.
[via Tech Radar]