Philips PicoPix PPX 3610: Pocket Projection

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I have a Pico projector, and it’s one of the easiest ways to dazzle my friends. Not with it’s bulb (it’s a dim 30 lumens), but by it’s mere existence. Even in the age of smartphones, wifi scales and tablets people seem blown away that you can fit a projector into something smaller than a remote control. Sadly my pico projector of choice is four years old and is basically useless unless you are in a totally darkened room. And connectivity options are limited – cables (yuk) and micro-SD. So what does a modern pico projector bring to the table?

I got to spend a couple of minutes playing with the new Philips PicoPix PPX 3610 at Digital Summer – a gadget playground for tech journalists – and was impressed by how the technology had improved in what is a relatively short space of time. The PicoPix had triple the brightness of my old projector (up to 100 lumens) and a screen size of up to 120″.

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PicoPix also has more interface options – including mini-HDMI so you can play with smartphones, tablets and video game consoles. An integrated touch pad provides menu access and allows for easy navigation on the internet. Proof, if proof were needed that this is a modern projector comes with the fact that, like all great modern gadgets, PicoPix comes with an Android and iOS app that enables you to control the device remotely.

PicoPix has a battery life of two hours, 4gb of internal memory as well as a 1 watt sound bar, so it’s technically an autonomous projector, although you’d almost definitely want to beef up the sound a little if you were taking this on the road. The projector has an Officer Viewer so you can work with .pdf, .ppt/.pptx, .xsl/.xlsx, .doc/.docx files – although if you have a projector you could learn to do fun stuff with Isadora.

The Philips PicoPix PPX3610 projector is DLNA compatible so it can manage a WiFi connection to a DLNA Server and project any content stored there. No cables required, perfect for a home network. Loaded with Android (I was unable to determine which flavour), you will be able to go online and project YouTube videos, play games and surf the web without the need to be connected to another device.

The Philips PicoPix PPX3610 will be out in July 2013

Epson’s new range of high-end low-price projectors – with a dash of 3D

One of the heavyweight exhibitors at IFA was Epson and I spent a great deal of time getting to know their new range of home cinema projectors. I now desperately want a home cinema. Coincidence?

Epson debuted the first HD-Ready (720p) 3LCD home cinema projector featuring an iPod docking station, the MG-850HD. With inbuilt 10W stereo speakers, the MG-850HD plays music, videos and photos on a large, cinematic scale that can reach up to 300 inches. And obviously it takes standard HDMI inputs. The entry-level projector delivers equally high White and Colour Light Output of 2,800 lumens and a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1, ensuring high quality, even in daylight. We had a look at the MG-850HD and it’s a pretty simple plug and play device, especially given the ubquity of iDevices. This should make it an ideal entry-level device for people, especially given the £650 price tag.

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Even cheaper was the £550 EH-TW480, a 720p HD-Ready projector that gives a big screen experience on a budget. Epson’s entry-level offering was non too shabby and had decent picture quality but we only took a cursory glance before running off to see Epson’s 3D offerings.

As you probably know, Epson weren’t into 3D, so this release was a big deal. According to Madlyne Colson, product manager at Epson Europe:

We have previously stated that Epson would hold back on developing 3D home cinema projectors until we were confident that there was a strong commitment from content providers for 3D material. With the projection that 27% of households will be 3D capable by 2015 and over 40 3D video game titles expected to be released this year, now is the time for Epson to release its 3D projectors and give viewers the ability to watch 3D content on the big screen.

Epson released five high-end projectors offering a three dimensional experience that outshines the Mile End Genesis cinema in Stepney. The EH-TW5900, EH-TW6000 and EH-TW6000W are some of the most affordable 3D 1080p home cinema projectors I’ve seen, despite their equally high White and Colour Light Outputs of up to 2,200 lumens and contrast ratios of up to 40,000:1.

We spent some time with the medium range EH-TW6000W, which along with the EH-TW9000W are the first Wireless enabled Full HD 3D projectors. Even in imperfect lighting conditions, the quality was impressive and with the right content the 3D really pops (nothing can make Clash of the Titans look good). More importantly bog-standard 2D, which most of your content will be in for quite some time, looked amazing. And *most* importantly it was only £1649.

The EH-TW5900, EH-TW6000, EH-TW6000W are available from October 2011 and the EH-TW9000 and EH-TW9000W are available from November 2001.

Latest Gadgets at the Gadget Show Live 2011

Latest Gadgets made its yearly pilgrimage to the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham to play with the latest and greatest tech that manufacturers had to offer. Fighting our way through the bear pit that is the coffee table in the press room, we emerged refreshed and ran around attempting to see as much as possible before the caffeine wore off.

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Our first stop was Brasso (covered here) who had a little stall set up to clean all our gadgets. As an owner of a filthy iPhone, iPad and pair of glasses it was nice to have someone give them a quick wipedown. Plus there was cake. Orbitsound had their T3 mobile stereo speaker on display – a little iPod classic shaped unit that provides stereo sound on the go – and that can be worn around the neck to create a sound aura. Amazing. Also a potential nightmare if young kids on London buses get hold of it.

Bamboo-Stylus

Wacom had just that day released a Bamboo stylus for the iPad. I’m keen doodler and had a quick play. It feels great to hold – and is very close to holding a real pen. It’s also 25 percent slimmer tip than main competitors as the reps insisted on telling me. The prototype app to accompany it (you can of course use the stylus with all drawing apps) looks pretty fun as well but wasn’t yet ready for final assessment. The stylus should be out in mid-May for about £25.

We waved at the people from 3M who were showing off their MPro 180 wireless pico projector rigged up to a PS3 and an iPad. We had a more in-depth look at it here. The most stylish area was the shiny white Golla zone where lots of beautiful people looked over enthusiastic about a range of pretty looking laptop bags and camera cases. We took a look at some here.

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iPad stands were ubiquitous, but the only one that actually caught our eye was Cygnett’s that had copied Apple’s Smart Cover technology (well the wake from sleep functionality) and added a stand that works vertically and horizontally – all in a big (and admittedly slightly bulky) leather case. They were stood next to Henge Docks – a great laptop dock that enabled you to use your MacBook with a Widescreen monitor and pretend you have a full desktop.  We also had a quick look at the PopBox – a self-styled “Apple TV” killer, that streams your HD content via DLNA and its own app store. And we also played with some wireless Jaybird headphones, the Qb desktop USB speakers and FlipVideo who surprisingly said nothing about their impending demise.

Of course this is a tiny fraction of what we had a play with so expect to see a few more in-depth articles over the coming week.

Pupils explore a 3D world with Acer projectors

The 3D experience is coming to schools thanks to Acer’s newest line-up of projectors. From January 11-14, the leading providers of technology for educational purposes gathered in London for the BETT trade show, which brings together the latest developments aimed at all education from early years right up to higher education.

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Just after the show finished, Acer continued its theme with its latest projectors, designed to bring new ways of learning and teaching into the classroom (we had to make do with a blackboard when I was at school – but then that was back in the dark ages).

3D was a big story at BETT this year and the Acer U5200 can transform the flat surface of a wall into a 3D screen. Suggested uses include: exploring the human anatomy; looking at the universe in 3D detail; and ‘touring’ famous archaeological sites.

Acer says that its projectors now combine all the features that offer flexibility and versatility to schools, by including LAN control, display over USB, and Ultra-Short Throw projection.

Usefully, bearing in mind how overcrowded some schools are, the U5200 uses an advanced mirror-reflection type of ultra-short throw projection, which allows really large images to be displaced when the projector is very close to the screen. Even if the projector is placed at 13cm from the screen, it can show a clear image with a diagonal measurement of up to 77 inches.

The Acer U5200 also offers with network management tools and is compliant with the Crestron Network System, which allows control of the projector via LAN. This allows for remote power on/off, remote projection management, multiple-projector control, emergency text broadcasting, online dialogue with the system administrator and e-mail alert system. There is also a Remote desktop function that allows users to remotely access any PC that is activated via the Acer eProjection utility and connected to the projector via LAN. This means that by connecting a keyboard and mouse to the projectors, users can access a PC located in another room.

Other features include an optional USB wireless adapter, which lets you connect and display presentations and video with no need for cables, and MobiShow, which allows you to project any type of content, video or Power Point slides from Wi-Fi enabled smartphones or PDAs. The USB Slide Show offers the capability to display photos or slide shows directly from a USB flash drive, so that the projector can work even without a PC.

The U5200 will be available from March 1 for £1,125 exc Vat

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ViewSonic PJD6531 and PJD5352: ugly names, beautiful projectors

Beauty is only skin-deep, and so while on the outside ViewSonic’s latest projectors, the PJD6531w and PJD5352, may have the least appealing names ever, the insides produce some stunning images. They are the equivalent of an unattractive man painting a timeless beauty. It’s Leonardo Da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa.

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The PJD6531w

Leading the beauty pageant is the PJD6531w, ViewSonic’s flagship device, which boats a high definition, wide-format, 3D-ready projection up to 60″ across from 1.9 metres away. The projector is able to produce images at a resolution as high as 1280×800, meaning that detailed presentations or 720p movies playback perfectly.

It is also able to generate a brightness of up to 3000 lumens, which gives a great image quality, even in environments with high-levels of ambient lighting. It also features an impressive dynamic contrast ratio of unto 3200:1.

And there is 3D compatibility, which means that the projector has DLP support and can be connected to NVIDIA 3D-Vision and Texas Instruments DLP Link technologies to project in 3D glory – some might consider this the definitive “future-proof” function.

An interesting fact about the PJD6531w is that it as been designed from the ground up to be suitable for the living room or the boardroom, with a rich feature-set to match. This includes a HDMI input (HDMI 1.3) as well as standard PC display inputs, meaning that Blu-ray players, laptops and games consoles can all plug in and be enjoyed in their HD glory. It also means that it is very quiet – 34dB in normal mode, and 29dB in Eco, and built-in 10-watt speakers.

The lamp life is rated at 4000 hours for normal mode, 6000 for Eco.

The PJD5352

The PJD5352 is a different breed entirely. It has been designed for portability, and tiny offices. This means that it is not only quite lightweight (2.5kg), but it also offers a short-throw projection, producing a projected-image of almost 60″ from just one metre away.

The projection also has “Off-to-Go” technology, meaning that the device can be turned off and packed away without having to wait to cool down – another useful tool for the projection-giving, road-warrior.

Other stats include a brightness of 2600 lumens, an operating noise of a mere 26dB (Eco mode) and, of course, compatibility with 3D-capable input sources.