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Keecker Is A Remote Controlled Projector And Webcam On Wheels

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The headline makes the product sound kind of weird, but it’s when you start looking at the usage scenarios that you realize it’s actually pretty cool. You’re looking at a self-contained home entertainment unit that can be moved around in your home. This means you can direct it to your living room, where it’ll project your movie onto your wall or screen, along with some sound from its built-in speakers. You can then direct it to your bedroom, where it’s able to project a 360° image (of the starry sky for instance). That’s something that could help put the kids to sleep, or at least provide you with some engaging educational material. At the same time, you can use the Keecker to check up on them and make sure everything is ok, since it has a built-in webcam as well.

Additionally, it syncs with your Android smartphone and not only lets you stream music to it, but also play games that are on your phone, projected onto your larger screen. There are sensors in the machine that monitor “temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and more” to provide you with remotely accessible home security. It does so much stuff, we’re surprised it doesn’t also make sandwiches. Especially since you’ll have to pay $4,000 to own it, it wouldn’t’ve hurt anyone to toss that extra feature in. Oh well, nothing is perfect.

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Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Was A CES 2014 Highlight

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Sony is not new to the world of ultra short throw projectors, projectors so designed that they can sit only inches from the wall and still generate a geometrically correct image. But Sony’s 4K version is just mind blowing. The idea is that it’s large enough and stylish enough to act as a piece of furniture in your home, potentially replacing your whole entertainment center since it also features storage cabinets on the sides for other electronics. It’s able to shoot an image 66″ to 147″ across (depending on the wall-to-projector separation) at a 4096 x 2160 resolution. There’s “3D support and Sony’s Triluminous display capabilities as well”. But that’s on the front.

On the back of the appliance, facing your sofa, is a set of speakers that’ll project your movie’s sound straight into your bewildered face. But it’s not bewildered because the experience is so amazing, no… it’s like that because you’ll likely still be reeling from the projected $30,000 to $40,000 you’ll have to spend to own it.

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This Smart Car Comes With Its Own Drive-In Theater

Ok, this is just a concept car for the moment, for the Smart Forstars has one kickass feature that we haven’t seen anywhere else. The hood has an integrated projector, which means that as long as you’re parked in front of a flat wall someplace, you got yourself a drive-in theatre. You connect your phone to the system wirelessly, and it gets the videos from there. Audio of course is pumped through the car’s sound system. There’s no details on the brightness or even resolution of this thing, but that’s beside the point. We can think of a number of scenarios where, uh, young couples would enjoy having this on their car. Smart move, Smart car.

It’s currently on display at the Paris Motor Show, and we’re not sure if it’s actually going to go into production. We give our seal of approval.

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Check Out The BryteWerks Projector/Media Center Combo

By David Ponce

There are these gadgets that are just so boring to write about because, lets face it, all they ever do is gradually improve on their specs: smaller, faster, cheaper. I’m not a big fan of slow evolution in consumer electronics, but then again not everything can be revolutionary. It’s interesting to see manufacturers trying, and the BryteWerks ModelOne Projector is a stab in the right direction. It’s really just a nice projector with a full fledged media center machine fuzed to it. The media center part comes with a “Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU and it also packs in a slot-loaded Blu-ray player, up to 2 terabytes of storage – including a 500 gigabyte Solid State Drive, plus built-in Wi-fi and Ethernet.” The software is handled through a customized version of XBMC, which I’m a big fan on. On the projector side you get “ultra-wide 105 mm adjustable prime lens, an ultra-high brightness of 6,000 – 11,000 lumens, a 1000:1 True Contrast Ratio, a 1:1 throw of 1 foot to 50 feet, and it’s capable of producing a full 16:10 widescreen HD 1080p resolution.” There’s a small 720p touchscreen on the back though most interaction with the machine is probably done right on your projection screen. Rounding out the specs and justifying its price tag you have “dual HDMI and USB ports and 5.1 individual analog surround sound outputs.”

Now for the sticker shock: $2,449.00, $2,999.00, $3,999.00 and $5,999.00. Available from January 9th, right when CES kicks off.

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Optoma GT750E Reviewed

By Chris Scott Barr

If there’s one thing almost every gamer wants, it’s to game on the biggest screen possible. For a lot of people, that means hooking up their console or PC to the TV in the living room. Sure, a 40 or 50-inch TV is nice, but wouldn’t it be great if you could take up an entire wall? That’s where projectors come in. Of course, not every projector is meant to be gamed on. Most of them are built for either viewing boring charts, or movies. Well Optoma has a few that are aimed straight at gamers.

The Optoma GT750E is a gaming projector that can display games at a native 720p, and in 3D, no less. It’s also a short-throw projector, which means that you don’t have to set it clear on the other side of the room. In fact, during testing, it only had to sit a mere 50 inches from the screen to produce an 80-inch (diagonal) picture. The real question is whether or not it performs. Head over to GamerFront for the full review, and find out for yourself.

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Monolith iPhone Case Packs A Projector

By David Ponce

The situations in which we’d find ourselves needing to project images from our iPhones onto some surface are few and far between. Still, we’re not all created equal and we can imagine there are those who would indeed enjoy the ability to do just that. For those people, the Monolith case by Century gives you the ability to project images in 640×360 resolution, with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 12 lumens of brightness. The largest projection size recommended is 60 inches (not 60cm as others have stated, unless the info in the promotional video is incorrect), although at 12 lumens, you better be in a dark environment. The Monolith also does double duty as an external battery pack, raising your phone’s life by an estimated 50%. It will require 4 hours to fully charge although it shouldn’t impact your phone’s charge time.

Sadly again, it’s Japan only at the moment and costs around $260.

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Epson Megaplex MG-850HD Projector Is iDevice Ready

Epson Megaplex MG-850HD Projector (Images courtesy Epson)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s one thing to say your hardware is iOS compatible, but it’s another thing to actually make hooking them up easy to do. So while the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can technically be used with a lot of projectors as long as you have the right cabling, Epson has made it dead-easy by including a pop-out dock on their new Megaplex MG-850HD model. Using 3LCD technology it projects a 720P image with 2800 lumens of brightness, more than adequate for home or office use. It’s also got a pair of 10-watt speakers, with a mic input if you’re making a presentation to a large room. Plus all the video hookups you’ll need for modern gear and laptops including HDMI.

Projecting content from your iDevice is as easy as sticking it in the MG-850HD’s pop-out dock, where it will also charge while connected. But it’s just as easy for other devices as well. You can of course connect your laptop using a VGA hookup, but USB is supported as well. That is, as long as you’re sticking with slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. You can even skip the laptop and run a slide show off of a USB flash drive, since I’m assuming the projector can natively read and display PP files. All-in-all it looks like a pretty great solution for work or home use, and will be available sometime in September for a reasonable $799.

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Sony’s New Home Theater Projector Does 4K, Won’t Open The Pod Bay Doors

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By Andrew Liszewski

To enjoy a digitally projected movie at 4K resolutions you have to visit your local cinem’o’plex and deal with hoodrats, sticky floors and annoying commercials before the feature. That is until Sony unleashes their new VPL-VW1000ES 4K digital projector which is specifically designed for home theater use. That’s right, 4K at home, perfect for all of that 4K content none of us have. So the VPL-VW1000ES of course does its own internal upressing of your SD and HD video so it looks slightly fuzzy but overly sharpened.

While the $3,699.99 price tag is a bit high for your average home theater, it’s not unreasonable if you consider yourself a true aficionado. Or, if you’re completely obsessed with 2001: A Space Odyssey and have always wanted an unblinking HAL-like electronic eye watching your every move.

*Update: The $3,699.99 price tag is actually for Sony’s VPL-HW30AES 3D projector introduced earlier this Summer. The price tag for the 4K VPL-VW1000ES has yet to be officially announced.

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[ PR – Sony Raises The Bar At CEDIA 2011 With New Home Theater Innovations For High-End Enthusiasts ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Nikon’s New Coolpix S1200pj Projector Equipped P&S Also Works With Your iPhone

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By Andrew Liszewski

During my brief, but enjoyable, vacation last week, Nikon unloaded a bunch of new digital cameras on the market, including the Coolpix S1200pj which caught my pico projector loving eye. The S1200pj is actually Nikon’s third projector-equipped compact P&S camera, but improves on the previous models with a 40% increase in brightness (an impressive 20 lumens) and three times the contrast. Facilitating a projected image up to 60 inches in size, in ideal conditions of course. It’s also competently capable as a P&S with a 14.1MP sensor, 5X optical zoom with lens-shift stabilization, ISO settings up to 6400 and a 3-inch HVGA display on the back.

But sharing movies and videos of your mundane daily activities with friends and family is going to wear on them at some point, so Nikon has also made the S1200pj iOS friendly. Using an included cable you can connect your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to the camera, letting you project content from any of those devices. And making the S1200pj a far more valuable companion for those who travel a lot. Available sometime in September for $429.95 in black and hot pink metal finishes.

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