Sony’s Future Lab Shows Off First Prototypes

It hasn’t been long since they revealed their Future Lab program, a research and development-focused part of the company that would show off its prototypes in order to get input from the public. At SXSW, the department showed off some of their first prototypes including the rumored “Project N” wearable device.

N can be described as a neck-worn version of the Amazon Echo, admittedly with a few extra features. Like most voice-activated digital assistants, it is triggered by a phrase, in this case, “Listen up Arc!” and will await your commands, as well as synchronizing with a mobile phone for location data. Currently, it is able to tell you the weather, give you local news, local restaurant info as well as taking a photograph via a built-in camera that is hidden when not in use. It can even play audio back to the wearer in a limited zone around their head using directional speakers on the device though the quality isn’t excellent. For better audio quality, the Future Lab has you covered, offering “open-ear earphones”, which move the driver out of the way of the ear canal, providing audio through a small tube into the ear while also allowing external sound to be heard.

Other prototypes on show include two types of projectors. The first is a touch screen projector intended to be mounted above tables which turns them into interactive surfaces able to be controlled in 3 dimensions. The second was an aimable projector that can be directed to any point along a wall using a black wand-like device. The projector even contained an array of speakers able to make it sound like the source was the location that the image was projected.

Lastly was a controller with inbuilt advanced haptic feedback. The demo on show was simply a ball viewed through a touchscreen, however when the controller was tilted and turned, the user can “feel” the ball move around as if it really existed inside the device. While less exciting than the other prototypes, it seems like a solid choice for a feature to integrate into the next Playstation controller.

It is great to see a technology company willing to show off their prototypes so early on in their development, and the future of any of these products isn’t assured and may rest in the hands of the feedback they receive. We can only begin to dream what crazy technology Sony will dream up next.

Sony Announces World’s Most Advanced Home Cinema Projector – It’s Pricey!

Sony is one of the leaders in home cinema technology and they’re still the only force for 4K in the world of home cinema projection. Their latest 4K projector is a prime example of why their rivals have a lot of catching up to do. Sony is going as far as describing the new device as ‘the new reference-quality’ and that’s a very bold claim when it comes to cinema technology. This isn’t something you’re going to stick in your common living room, this hardware is geared towards enthusiast home cinema setups. Thanks to its immensely powerful laser light engine, it can push out 5,000 lumens of brightness, HDR, emulated BT.2020 colour gamut and it covers the entire DCI colour space; that’s pretty damn impressive.

The VPL-VW5000ES covers the full DCI-P3 colour gamut, offers up professional calibration tools, HDMI input with HDCP to accept 4K 60p signals up to YCbCr 4:4:4 8bit or YCbCr 4:2:2 12bit; so it’s certainly going to be future proof, this is bleeding edge stuff right here.

The VPL-VW5000ES projector is truly the ultimate home cinema solution, joining an impressive line-up of Sony home theatre projectors specifically designed for the high-end installer market, like the VPL-GTZ1 and Lifespace UX´s LSPX-W1S Ultra Short Throw models,” said Thomas Issa, Product Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “Our new projector combines the best technologies found in our professional cinema projectors to offer spectacular image quality as well as reliability, bringing the home theatre experience to the next level.”

So what does the best home cinema projector ever created cost? An eye-watering 65,000 Euros, and that doesn’t include the popcorn for movie night.

How to Make a 3D Hologram Using Your Smartphone

An industrious tech reviewer has developed a very cool method for turning your smartphone into a 3D hologram projector. Mrwhosetheboss posted his process to YouTube, which effectively creates a homemade version of portable hologram generator Holho. Want to give it a try? Let’s talk you through it.

You will need:

  • Graph paper
  • CD case
  • Tape or Super Glue
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Smartphone
  • Knife or Glass Cutter

Start off by drawing this pattern on the graph paper:

Break the edges off the CD case:

Then trace the outline of the shape you drew on the graph paper onto the CD case:

Cut the shape out with your knife:

Repeat three more times, until you have four trapeziums.

Stick the shapes together with tape to form a pyramid, without the peak:

Though Mrwhosetheboss lists tape or Super Glue, he stresses that the gluing the pieces together is very difficult.

Load up a hologram-specific video on your phone, and place your newly constructed pyramid in the centre of the image:

There are numerous custom videos to achieve this task to be found on YouTube, such as the one used above, created by Cospe S.a.s., creator of the Holho.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Holus Turns Your 2D Photos into 3D Holograms

No matter how well Don Draper was able to wax lyrical about them, slide shows are all too often a tedious exposure to other people’s mundane memories, but do you know what makes holiday snaps and baby photos infinitely more interesting? Holograms! At least, that’s what startup H+ is counting on, with its innovative display unit that turns 2D digital photos into 3D holographic recreations. The Holus is a tabletop holographic projector that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

As the product is described on Kickstarter:

“Holus is a tabletop holographic platform that converts any digital content from a computer, tablet or smartphone into a 3D hologram. To put it simply, whether it is a board game, DNA structure or the solar system, your content comes alive – view it from four different angles and interact with it in ways that have never been possible.”

A pledge of at least $550 will guarantee you a Holus Home Edition when the first shipments are released in July 2016, while $650 will get you a Holus Pro (or would have, had they not all been snapped up already). The Pro model includes an HDMI port and a software development kit, both features that are absent from the home edition.

Holus has already exceeded its $50,000 Kickstarter pledge goal, raising $71,505 (at the time of writing) in just a day.

Pizza And A Big Screen Movie! Just What You Need Any Day Of The Week!

So it’s Friday night and you want to watch a movie, so you order in a pizza and decide on your film. Suddenly out of the blue your computer stops working, everything starts breaking and you’re left with a pizza that’s getting cold. When you open up your pizza you realise all is not lost, because you ordered from Pizza Hut (in Hong Kong) and have a brand new Projector Box.

From an age when people would meet up in town for pizza before going to the cinema Pizza Hut has slipped from many people’s weekly routines, but in Hong Kong their trying something new. The new box comes with a simple ready to pop-out hole in the front while the pizza table that holds your pizza in place for delivery slides in to become a lens. With a smart phone rested against it, your pizza box suddenly becomes a projector!

With pizza and a movie it couldn’t get much better, bar the punny (yes that’s a pun on funny) bad selection of free movies to go with one of the four box designs. Slice Night for the horror fans sounds like my favourite, while Anchovy’s Armaggedon sits atop the science fiction fan lists, with Hot & Ready spices up the romance fans leaving only the action packed Fully loaded film ready to be downloaded at a scan of a QR code.

A funny film, good food and friends. Sounds like a great night in (or out) for anybody!

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

Diamond Wireless Video Stream HD 1080P HDMI Review

Introduction


A great desktop or AV setup should simply work, with as few controls needed as possible, as few cables as needed, so that you can power it up and get on with the work or entertainment you desire, with as few problems as possible. Whether you’re wanting to take your work and throw it up on the big screen for a presentation, send your video output to a projector, take the movie or website you’re working with from your desktop to the living room, it doesn’t matter, you just want to be able to do it in a few simple clicks. The Diamond wireless display transmitter is one device that promises to be able to let you do just that, but is it any good?

“Wirelessly stream HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Now you can enjoy your home computer content and stream movies from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee®, iTunes® and YouTube® from the comfort of your own living room. There is no need to buy bulky set top boxes that limit what you can watch. Simply connect your PC to your high definition television and watch quality digital content supporting 1080p resolution. It’s your TV and your PC wirelessly!”

I’ve had a little experience with wireless display technology in the past and it was woefully inefficient. There were lag issues, display quality problems, stutter, range issues, resolution limitations and more. However, that was a fair few years ago and wireless technology has improved greatly since then, so I’m eager to see how this device holds up.

  • Watch ANYTHING from your PC or laptop on a large flat panel TV
  • Simple and Easy installation
  • Supports 1080p Full HD
  • 5.1 Digital Audio
  • 3.5 MM 2 Channel Stereo
  • MULTITASKING – Watch TV while working on your PC or laptop
  • Stream presentations wirelessly to your HDMI or VGA projector
  • Stream photos, music library or Internet radio from your PC or laptop to your HDTV home theater
  • Up to 30 foot range
  • HDMI cable included

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. The power cable, a USB transmitter, the receiver box and a HDMI cable.

The USB adaptor is simple enough and will connect to your computer easily enough, the higher and more insight of the transmitter you can get it, the better.

The receiver box is nice and compact, a lot smaller than most streaming devices and it shouldn’t be hard to integrate into your home entertainment setup, or pop next to a device such as a projector. It’s also small enough that you could keep it stored in your laptop bag. On the end, you’ll find a VGA port, great for keeping it compatible with older projectors and displays.

Down the other side, you’ve got a power input port, Mini-USB, HDMI (1080p and 5.1 Digital Audio support) and a 3.5mm jack for external 2 channel audio.

Two indicator lights on one end, to show signal and power.

The aerial can be moved to help you find an optimal signal.

It can also be removed should you need to and it features a standard WiFi antenna port, so you may even be able to add your own aerial if you really wanted to, or simply replace it should you break the original.

Lenovo Reveals 4-Inch, 480p Pocket Projector

Following its strong showing at CES 2015 back in January, Lenovo has revealed its new Pocket Projector at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The device is 4 inches squared, with a height of about an inch, and the 50 lumen projector can project 480p video up to a width of 110 inches, with a rotation angle of 90o. Content can be streamed wirelessly to the device, and it also supports microSD cards with a capacity of up to 32GB. It is powered by microUSB, has a 2.5 hour battery life, and built-in stereo speakers, though it also features a 3.5mm audio output.

The Pocket Projector supports DLNA and Miracast, so works with Android, Windows, and iOS devices. It goes on sale later this month, priced $249.

Source: Android Authority

The Projector that can Turn Any Surface into a Computer Screen

A new kind of projector is currently seeking support on Kickstarter. Beam can deliver visual content to any surface through either a Bluetooth connection to an Android or iOS smart device or through its on-board WiFi capable computer.

With Beam, board games could be projected on to a coffee table, recipes to the kitchen worktop, or video chat to your living room wall. It can even be programmed to display alarm-triggered video messages to your spouse as she enters the house.

Speaking about the development of Beam to Wired, Jeroen van Geel, Chief Creative Officer at Beam Labs, said, “Everybody started sharing ideas on where they would place beam in their house, and almost all of them were in a different location.” He continued, “We were no longer limited by the traditional spots and could now freely dream up places where we would love to have a screen.”

Beam has already more than doubled its $200,000 Kickstarter goal, with 1,131 backers, still with 28 days left to run. Units are priced at $399 each.

Source: Wired

Acer Revealed the H7550ST Short Throw Projector

Acer has revealed their newest short-throw projector with wireless versatility and 20W integrated audio, the H7550ST. It is also the world’s first projector to provide internal Chromecast compatibility.

“Our newest home entertainment projector is one of our best yet,” said Simon Hwang, Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group. “Leading short throw technology increases flexibility in placement options, while a wireless adapter makes transferring and projecting data easier and more convenient than ever. Home cinema enthusiasts will be thrilled with the Full HD visuals combined with dynamic 20W stereo audio with built-in DTS Sound that make movies and games breathtakingly lifelike.”

The H7550ST has a native display resolution of 1920 x 1080p and can display pictures up to 100 inches from as little as 1.5 meters distance. The projector has a brightness of 3000 lumens and a 16000:1 contrast ratio. Sound can be provided by the two internal 10W stereo speakers, optional Bluetooth speakers, or the ordinary audio out connections and comes with built-in DTS Sound.

For added convenience, a hidden adapter enables data to be transferred and projected wirelessly from a smartphone, PC or Chromebook leveraging user’s own Chromecast, an Acer MWA3 MHL dongle or Acer WirelessHD, which delivers 60Hz Full HD 3D movies without having to change settings when used with a HDMI cable connected to a media player.

The Acer H7550ST short throw projector will be available in March in Pan America and EMEA with an MSRP of $999.00.

Thanks to Acer for providing us with this information

BenQ Will Show WiFi Home Theater Projectors at CES

BenQ announced a long-range of monitors they’ll be having with them at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and we’ve presented you with them over the past couple weeks. But monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ creates, and as such they’ll also be bringing along their new HT1075 and HT1085ST Home Theater Projectors for Big Screen Enjoyment.

The short throw projectors can project an image up to 100 inch from just 5 feet away, and they do that with a native Full HD resolution, Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) and over 1 billion colours as well as 3D readiness. Optionally, they can be upgraded with wireless capabilities with a range of up to 100 feet. The projectors come with built-in speakers for even more convenience and the setup is said to be a one-time thing and very easy.

The brightness of 2200 ANSI lumen and 10,000:1 contrast should give you some great movie, sports, tv and gaming visuals directly on your wall. The projectors won’t blow your wallet either, at least they’re said not to. The listing I could find so far point more towards a list reservation than actual prices. Amazon UK has the HT1085ST listed for around £1,050.00 while the HT1075 is listed for around £1,725.00. As you clearly see, these prices must be far off and due to early listings.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BenQ

BenQ Announces True-to-Life sRGB HC1200 Projector

Monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ can create though we’re staying in the same category. BenQ is ready to unveil their newest projector at CES 2015 dubbed the HC1200.

It is built to provide the best possible sRGB precision out-of-the-box and one that supercedes other top-selling projectors. Using precise sRGB colours accuracy and up to twice as much ANSI contrast as typical, the HC1200 can offer images that look as bright as 4000 lumen projectors. Judging from the name this one has 1200 lumen, but it isn’t specified yet.

The projector is said to be very long lasting and to provide continuous display accuracy for years to come without the risk of fading, ghosting or yellowing. From the photo, we can glance that it has an HDMI port, but the connections aren’t visible.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of BenQ

NEC Announced 3600-Lumen Ultra Short Throw Projector

NEC Display Solutions of America has announced two new ultra-short-throw projectors, the UM351W and UM361X models. The units are created to enrich the classroom learning experience while improving the ability of business professionals to collaborate on projects and to meet the increasing challenges of a digital, mobile economy.

The UM Series projectors come with integrated audio system and 20w speakers and both horizontal and vertical keystone correction tools to give greater flexibility in mounting the projectors and confidence the image will fit the screen every time.

A Dedicated HDMI/MHL power will allow you to easily connect smart devices to the projector while a second HDMI port allows for even more connections. The brightness levels of 3500 and 3600 lumens respectively allow for a better images display, even in higher ambient lit areas.

The models also include table top projection capabilities, which allow images to be projected on a table or other work surface for easier collaboration. In addition, NEC’s new NP03Wi auto calibration interactive whiteboard kit, available separately or bundled with the projectors, includes two wireless pens for annotation but supports up to 256 separate pens. Coupled with DisplayNote software, the projectors deliver complete collaboration between a mobile device and the interactive surface.

The UM351W and UM361X projectors are available now at an estimated street price of $1,369 and $1,149, respectively. Each model ships with a 2-year limited warranty. The NP03Wi system includes two wireless pens, and is now available in the UM351Wi-WK and UM361Xi-WK projectors at an estimated street price of $1,899 and $1,699, respectively.

Thanks to NEC for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of NEC

Latest Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Features QHD Display & Built-in Projector

The new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is finally here and while previous models have been no stranger to cool features, their latest one certainly stands out from the crowd. Equipped with a powerful 8 watt sound system and mini subwoofer for multimedia playback, the tablet also features a built-in pico projector, allowing the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to throw a 16:9 50-inch image on to any surface.

The projector mode will take the battery life down to just three hours, but for watching some YouTube videos, most movies, or just showing a presentation, it’s more than enough; of course you could always just keep the power adaptor to hand and run it for as long as you like.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes equipped with a stunning 13-inch QHD panel, 8MP rear camera, LTE, expandable memory, 15 hours battery life and of course the integrated Yoga stand.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will be available this month from most major retailers and the 32GB model will set you back $499.99.

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Forbers.