Some duos seem tailor made for one another: PB&J, Jack and Coke, and eggs and toast all spring to mind. A new company by the name of Brytewerks just came up with another one, and amazingly, it doesn’t involve food! The company’s upcoming Model One line of high-def digital projectors aren’t just digital projectors; they’re digital projectors with an Intel Core-powered HTPC built in. Why didn’t someone think of that sooner?
Acer just keeps on adding to its 3D product portfolio, and one of its most recent additions is the Acer H9500BD projector. The H9500BD projects 1080p Full HD images, and with the included Acer ActiveShutter glasses, viewers can watch content in 3D. If you're lacking 3D movies, Acer says its H9500BD is capable of converting your 2D videos and photos into 3D in real-time.
ViewSonic this week announced its new PJD6 Series DLP projectors specifically designed for both classroom and corporate environments. The PJD6253, PJD6223, and PJD6553w are all equipped with Creestron RoomView network management software that enables centralized control for up to 250 projectors, along with an advanced real-time alert system with status updates regarding power, lamp life, and unit presence.
Remember that nifty little “Skinput” interface that researchers at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University were working on about a year and a half ago? It registered touches made to your skin, allowing you to use your body as an input device – hence its name. Well, it turns out that’s not all CMU and Microsoft were working on. They’re working on a device called “OmniTouch” that projects interfaces onto any surface – and includes multitouch touchscreen capabilities. That’s right, you can dial home on a loaf of bread.
Chiding grandmothers often warn young ‘uns that they shouldn’t go around mixing business and pleasure, but that axiom seems kind of dated in the always connected, ‘round the clock realities of the 21st century. Today, Epson announced a new duo of combo projectors that’s perfect for a little work and a little play thanks to their ability to display images from smartphones, game consoles, tablets and PCs – sound included. They're packed with tons of other home theater-ready features, too.
Go big or go home, the saying goes. For those of you who think a 55-inch plasma just isn’t big enough, Epson’s just announced a new line of high-definition projectors capable of handling 3D images as easily as it handles 2D images. Fancy 3D projectors aren’t exactly new, but they’re still fairly rare, and even rarer are 3D projectors that only cost $1,600 like Epson’s entry-level model.
Acer's trying to play all sides of the field with its new P5403 projector, Sporting an SXGA+ (1400x1050) resolution, Acer says the P5403 is equally adept at displaying spreadsheets as it is at beaming highly detailed images, and it can do 120Hz 3D as well. Advanced lamp technology with illumination of up to 3500 ANSI lumens and a 3000:1 contrast ratio means the P5403 shouldn't choke on text-heavy presentations, and with an optimized 5-segment color wheel, Acer promises high color accuracy.
Acer sent us word that it's expanding its projector line with the U5200, an ultra-short throw model intended for teachers and educators.
"The key features that are most important for schools have now been integrated into the new Acer U5200 projector, such as LAN control, display over USB, and Ultra-Short Throw projection to help create a compelling learning environment," Acer said.
Using an advanced mirror-reflection type of ultra-short throw projection, Acer says the U5200 can display large images even when placed close to the screen. All that's required is a distance of 13cm to produce sharp and accurate images up to 195.6cm (diagonal).
Other features include up to 5000 hours of lamp life (ECO mode), native XGA resolution, 2,500 ANSI Lumens, 1.07 billion displayable colors, IR remote control with laser pointer, and integrated 20W speakers.
The U5200 will be available starting March 1, 2011 for around $1,800.
ViewSonic has added another projector ot its Pro 8 Series lineup, this newest one being the Pro8200. The Pro8200 supports Full HD 1080p with a native 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and comes with an advanced 7-segment color wheel.
Other features include 2,000 lumens, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, two HDMI 1.3 inputs with HDCP compliance, component video input, S-Video, a pair of 10W speakers, an an integrated closed captioning controller.
ViewSonic touts its Pro8200 as an ideal candidate for both home entertainment and commercial AV applications, such as corporate boardrooms, auditoriums, and churches.
Viewsonic decided to blitz the content creation crowd this holiday shopping season with four new media devices, including the 3DV5 Pocket 3D HD Camcorder, 3DPF8 3D Multimedia Digital Photo Frame, DVP5 Pocket Camcorder Projector, and DPF8-CAM Digital Photo Copier.
The 3D HD camcorder sports a 2.4-inch 3D LCD glasses-less panel. Users can instantly play back content on a standard PC/notebook, provided they slap on a pair of red/cyan glasses (included). Alternately, the camcorder works with Nvidia 3D monitors with Nvidia's 3D Vision Kit. The 3DV5 runs $180.
Viewsonic says its 3DPF8 Digital Photo Frame (also $180) works "flawlessly" with 3D photos and videos without the need for special glasses, and can convert standard 2D photos into 3D. Meanwhile, the DVP5 Pocket Camcorder ($330) shoots 720p HD video and takes 5MP photos, all of which can then be projected onto a screen up to 65 inches.
Finally, the DPF8-CAM Digital Photo Copier ($150) features "an intuitive interface for adjusting or cropping" images, as well as a high-resolution 800x600 LED backlit screen, 5MP built-in camera, and 128MB of internal storage.