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TouchPico Android PC projects a touchscreen on the wall

Gizmag is no stranger to pocket-sized image projectors. We've shared the first baby steps from the likes of Microvision and TI, right through to integration in smartphones and even more recently in portable computers. Now the palm-friendly home-theater-sized display thrower has taken another leap forward with the launch of TouchPico, a portable projector-packing Android computer that can transform any flat surface into a big touchscreen display.Read More

Home Entertainment

Lights, camera, action: A closer look at the Keecker entertainment computer

Back in January, French startup Keecker made a bit of a CES splash with a cute and curvy home entertainment computer capable of moving around on its own or as instructed by an app-based remote, and transforming any wall, door or ceiling into a huge projected screen. Gizmag dropped in on the company's Paris home at the weekend for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau, and a one-on-one with the multi-talented Keecker prototype.Read More

Good Thinking

DisplayMapper unveils MirrorBox projection-mapped display unit

Advertising is a bit like an arms race, with businesses competing with one another in a never-ending battle for the eyes and ears of consumers. The latest salvo in this Don Draper war is the MirrorBox, billed as "the world's first projection-mapped display unit." Built by DisplayMapper, a division of London-based Projection Artworks, the MirrorBox is a self-contained projection system designed for retail spaces and points of sale that projects stereographically-mapped images onto three-dimensional objects.Read More

Home Entertainment

Android at the heart of the Odin handy projector

The wealth of available online content can mean that a TV sits in the corner gathering dust and the monthly subscription to a set-top box service just goes to waste. Such was the case for Alex Yoo of Dos Owls, so he got rid of both. Though quite liberating, he missed being able to sit back on the sofa and watch a movie on a big screen TV. He turned to a hefty projector and connected computer, but fighting through the cable spaghetti and dealing with issues like overheating prompted him to try and find another way. And so the idea for Odin was born – a pocket-sized projector with its own computer running Android KitKat, and packing built-in speakers, Wi-Fi and a battery.Read More

Good Thinking

Harvard uses projection technology to shine new light on faded Rothko murals

Fans of the abstract work of American painter Mark Rothko are in for a treat later this year. Harvard Art Museums has announced a seven-month exhibit called Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, set to open in November featuring six panels Rothko made for Harvard in 1961 and 1962, as well as a series of related studies. Besides the opportunity to see works that have not been displayed for more than a decade, visitors will be able to see the murals in a new light, thanks to new digital restoration technology. Read More

Electronics

MIT develops glasses-free 3D projector as a "practical alternative to holographic video"

The 3D format has had something of a renaissance in recent years, but the technology still has some way to go before the potential of "real-life" multiperspective 3-D can be realized. The Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab is developing a new 3D video projection system that doesn't require glasses and provides different users different perspective angles of the same object. The team sees it not as a final answer, but as a transitional system that sits between current technologies and true holographic video.Read More

Electronics

DPI details 10,000 lumen laser projector ahead of July release

Digital Projection International (DPI) has announced the forthcoming release of what's claimed to be the first production high-brightness laser projector in the world. The low maintenance HIGHlite LASER WUXGA 3D delivers 10,000 lumens from a stable solid state illumination system rated for over 20,000 hours, which negates the need for regular lamp replacement cycles.Read More

Mobile Technology

Pico-packin' Ayane smartphone can project 42-inch images

Despite smartphones packing integrated pico projectors being around for a good few years now, it's fair to say that they haven't really set the mobile technology buying public on fire. Hong Kong's Conplex International is hoping that the promise of walking into a meeting and being able to give a presentation on any blank wall, or being able to view photos with friends on a big screen without needing to find a TV that's not already being used, will tempt buyers to its MagicOn Ayane smartphone.Read More

Home Entertainment

Sony puts 4K Ultra Short Throw projector up against the wall

After first bringing 4K resolution to lounge room walls in 2012 with its VPL-VW1000ES projector, Sony is making another run at the Ultra HD home theater market, though this time over a much shorter distance. At CES, the company is demoing a prototype of its 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that has the ability to cast images up to 147-inches in size from a distance of around 20 in (50 cm). Read More

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