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CamBoard Pico is German company pmdtec ’ s next-generation motion input reference device. We revealed you before exactly what it could possibly do to alter the computer system interface, and now there are a few new videos from the business showing how it ’ s dealing with middleware makers and what it can really achieve in practice in actual shipping products.
The gesture diagnosis in these videos is outstanding, and shows an option that ’ s not only small enough to be included into gadgets like notebooks, however additionally works at a sufficient distance that it ’ s actually useful, efficiently, when you ’ re up close and working with stated gadgets as you would generally.
Individual finger diagnosis and the capability to utilize the CamBoard Pico technician to complete easy, practical things like switching in between open apps. Unlike Kinect, it looks like you can utilize the CamBoard pico even from your basic typing position on a note pad computer, simply by raising a finger while keying in. That ’ s much, much more beneficial than action technician that requires an individual to adjust themselves back from the screen, or even worse, withstand communicate with a computer system, and a lot more likely to obtain wide adoption, instead of serving as a sort of novelty.
The second demo video, which shows pmdtec dealing with Metrilus middleware, shows more the general action sort of control we ’ ve concerned expect from Kinect and comparable technologies, however again, the distance and adaptability are impressive. I ’ m delighted to see what the forthcoming Leap Movement controller can complete when it ships later on this year (it seems to offer similar functionality and working distance), however pmdtec ’ s goals and sales technique are very various.
It ’ s targeting original design producers(ODMs), who in term will offer with to OEMs. That means that together with its middleware partners, pmdtec can offer these things directly to computer manufacturers, indicating when you get a future Acer, Asus or Sony laptop, it ’ ll had precise gesture awareness technician onboard if this item catches on. With these new functional exhibitions of how that might be of use even with present operating systems and user interfaces, that ’ s a quite interesting prospect.
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The CamBoard Pico Wishes to Handle Leap Motion, Provides Full Depth Action Control In A Smaller sized Package deal
Gesture control is heating up, with a host of new entries lastly following Microsoft ’ s example with the Kinect, consisting of Leap Motion and MYO. A German company called pmdtechnologies has actually likewise been in the area for a few years (they ’ ve been working on their technician for 10 years, in reality), and their latest reference design, the CamBoard pico, is a 3D depth sensor based upon what pmd calls its “ time-of-flight ” technician to delivery exceptionally accurate depth measurement for gesture control of PCs.
The CamBoard pico follows the CamBoard nano, the business ’ s previous reference design, and enhances on pmd ’ s existing depth sensor by providing more precise, touch-free motion control. It works by offering a “ 3D interaction volume, ” made up of a point cloud, which pmd says indicates it could be more accurate than Leap Movement, which simply recognizes points for fingertips to help it identify relative spacial distance.
pmd provides its designs for sale to customer electronics companies and other customers (it produces a great deal of car safety and industrial robotics sensors, for instance) to help them build their own motion noticing gadgets, meanings the technician found in the CamBoard pico reference design might discover its method to modules incorporated into note pads, into web cams, or into devoted motion controllers from to OEM brands.
The gesture control market is definitely choosing up steam, and that indicates some companies like pmd which have actually been around for a long time but have actually mostly served niche industries will get a possibility to move more to the foreground. With something like a brand-new mode of communication, quality of experience is the key to stickiness, nevertheless, so both veteran and rookie players below will sink or swim based upon how pleasurable or frustrating utilizing their devices proves to be.
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A lot of mobile projectors are assigneded with striking a delicate balance between power usage and photo quality. With this in mind, Texas Instruments’ DLP arm has actually unveiled a brand-new system at MWC referred to as IntelliBright, which is meant to enhance the brightness of pico projectors without making hardware hungrier. It’s no elegant set of circuits, though, but a pair of algorithms which dabble with image brightness and contrast to produce a more glowing image. Exactly what’s even more, the algorithms could be tweaked individually by hardware producers for any wanted result, and could integrate information from background light sensors to raise projector efficiency. DLP lately introduced its new Tilt & Roll Pixel chip architecture at CES, which is additionally made to make images brighter and batteries happier in the next generation of pico items. All we hope is the advancements inspire Samsung to produce a Galaxy Beam II, simply with more concentrate on the phone part this timeFiled under: Displays, Misc, Portable Audio/Video, Software, HD, MobileComments
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Given, an enchanting little smartphone is all the gadgetry most easygoing gaming fans need to obtain their fix, however when LaserVR’s Travis Haagen popped by our informal meetup at Portland’s Ground Kontrol to chat about Alpha Selection, we couldn’t help however be impressed by the project. The game has a traditional Asteriods / Room Invaders feeling to it, however Alpha Assortment is more than merely another bit of mobile nostalgia. For one thing, you’re going to need a great deal more than just your phone, including a projector (pico will do fine for your requirements) and a tripod. You project the game field onto a the wall (in the instance of Ground Kontrol, we taped up a couple of notepads, which worked fine) and connect with things making use of a laser point.
When your iOS device is encountering the wall, its camera keeps track of the field, utilizing laptop vision algorithms to identify your laser shots in genuine time, finally finding a book use for laser points that doesn’t involve disturbing rock bands or cats. Hitting the round adversaries will cause them to vaporize or execute other functions like opening a black hole, depending on their color. The game was pretty responsive and astonishingly habit forming– in fact, we were a bit bummed when we finally needed to place the laser point down. Such fun isn’t affordable, nevertheless– it’ll run you $ 8 from iTunes, on top of the cost of all the accessories involved it getting it off the ground. Still, it’s nice to see an impressive take like this on a traditional games scenario.
We’ve got a video presentation of the Star Trek: The Next Generation-inspired game after the jump. Continue reading Alpha Variety iOS
game needs a pico projector and laser tip, we go hands-on (video) Filed under: GamingAlpha Assortment iOS game calls for a pico projector and laser pointer, we go hands-on (video clip) initially appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Aug
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It’s not the first iPhone 4/4S pico projector battery case we’ve come across here at Engadget, but we spotted this little number at Computex 2012 and just couldn’t resist sharing it with you. What makes this accessory a bit more unique is that it incorporates the latest in DLP technology from Texas Instruments. As such, it’s capable of projecting a 640×360-pixel image up to 70 inches across with 1000:1 contrast ratio. The 2200mAh battery lasts about 3 hours on a charge an can even top off your iPhone in a pinch. Additional features include a built-in speaker powered by a 0.5W audio amplifier. We spent a few minutes using the pico projector and while it works pretty much as advertised, it clearly struggled with the harsh lighting conditions of the show floor. Stay tuned for pricing and availability, but don’t miss our hands-on gallery below and our demo video after the break.
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“I’m looking to buy a small HD LED projector to use at home for movies and games etc. I’d prefer it to be small to avoid having another large black box cluttering up the place and LED because of the decent lifetime compared to traditional projectors. I’d be happy with a 720p resolution device, but a lot of pico projectors are under 30 lumens, is this level sufficient for a decent size-display in a dim room? Thanks a bunch!”
So, what’s it gonna be dear friends? If you don’t know the drill: it’s a jump to your left, a step to your right, put your hands on your hips and leave a comment below.
A powerful little device, significantly brighter than others of its size, with decent battery life and a good picture. Too bad it’s so damn loud, and not the most user-friendly thing of all time either.
- 80 lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio
- 854×480 native resolution, 1280×768 max resolution
- 2GB onboard storage, microSD slot
- Composite and mini-VGA inputs, 3.5mm audio out, USB ports
- MSRP: $ 399 (sells for $ 339)
- Very bright, sharp image for its size
- Onboard storage and SD useful for photos, presentations
- Full-on Windows CE environment in there if you like that kind of thing
- Constantly running, quite loud fan
- Needs better file support
- Interface can be unresponsive or break
The line between “pico” projector and simply small projectors is increasingly blurry as we see large-ish but still not large products like 3M’s MP160 and the upcoming Shine. They won’t fit in your front pocket, but they’re sure more portable than traditional projectors. AAXA’s P4 is of a type with these: portable, but not micro.
It’s a boxy, gadgety-looking little device, with the controls on the top, inputs and outputs on the side, and USB stuff on the back. It comes with a controller of dubious quality — instead of arrows, the buttons are labeled “up,” “right,” and “Sour” (source), that kind of thing.
Don’t expect a very short throw on the image – but at the same time, it’s not as long as others I’ve used. At 6 feet away, I got about a 35″ image. They claim 80″ is possible in low light, and I don’t doubt it – but you’d need quite a bit of space. For small environments like offices and apartments, you’re probably going to be getting 35-50″. Battery life is somewhat more than an hour, but less than an hour and a half. This is par for pico projectors, though notably the P4 is brighter than its brethren.
Upon starting the device up, you can choose between playing on-device videos, pictures, and music (music, really?), going to a connected source, or entering a full-on Windows CE desktop. The only one I didn’t have trouble with was the plain pass-through source; my SNES and laptop signals were clear, sharp, and bright, with solid color, no visible artifacts or optical effects, and no lag.
Getting to media you have on the device or an attached microSD card or USB drive is easy if you don’t have much on there – but if you tend to keep lots of photos or shows on a drive, be ready for a long wait as the P4 indexes the media. I managed to fully crash it several times as it attempted to index all the images on a drive I’d plugged in:
That said, a card with a couple dozen pictures and movies on it loaded very quickly.
Unfortunately, media playback wasn’t the best. Anything larger than VGA tended to choke and stutter, whether I had download it or made it myself (AAXA tells me this is not a problem via the mini USB port, and may be fixed by firmware). So don’t expect to be watching HD movies on this thing, despite its relatively high-res image. And when it didn’t stutter, sometimes it would not respond to controls or fail to hide the on-screen display, resulting in much of the image being obscured by buttons and a filename right in the middle of the video. Note that this does not apply to videos played through another device, like an iPod or laptop.
Photos looked all right, but large ones (~4MB, 3000x2000px) took around five seconds to load. It supports JPG, GIF, and BMP, but not PNG. PDF files are not opened natively; you have to go open them in WinCE mode via Foxit Reader.
And throughout all of this, there is a white Windows cursor in the middle of the screen. Why?!
Probably because it’s all running on top of Windows CE, which you can switch into by going to “Desktop” mode. It’s actually pretty cool, although without wireless capability it’s quite limited; if you want to add programs you have to transfer them over USB or figure out a way to share your net from your PC. It’s kind of great that there’s a whole little Windows computer in there, but unless you really want to spend some time configuring it, there’s not much it can add to the bargain. Especially since it’s very difficult to navigate with the clicker.
AAXA was nice enough to pack a tiny keyboard/touchpad combo thing, which works perfectly with the projector and is cute as hell. I like this little thing. If the Windows portion of this projector were more practical, this would be very handy indeed.
Lastly, the thing makes a racket. These larger pico projectors aren’t generally too quiet to begin with, but this thing starts whirring from the moment you turn it on, and there is a high pitched noise that’s added when an image is being produced. It also doesn’t have much in the way of volume so you’ll have to pack speakers if you want to hear what’s being said in videos over the din of the fans.
While the P4 is well-built, compact, and produces a really bright and solid picture, its other features are just not very usable. To be fair, the others in the space are often just as poor performers: I haven’t met a pico projector yet that provides a satisfactory movie-viewing experience or is actually easy or fun to navigate. If you want a multimedia device, the P4 isn’t for you. If you don’t mind the noise and plan on doing mostly pass-through stuff from other sources, it could be just fine. They do have a smaller, slightly less bright version coming out (the P3) which might be a little more practical, but that doesn’t come out for a few months.
While many big companies are putting on big press conferences next week at CES, many smaller ones are getting their new gadgets out there early so people will want to drop by their booth. Velocity Micro just dropped a few new things, and we’ll be sure to swing by their corner of the show if we’re in the area.
They’ve got a pair of budget tablets that won’t really blow anyone away, but their new Shine pico projector looks really nice.
The tablets are the 7″ Cruz T507 and the 9.7″ T510. The latter, it is worth noting, has a 4:3 aspect ratio and appears to be very iPad-ish. Not very original, I’m afraid. The 7″ one is widescreen – and that’s about the only thing between them that differs. They both have a 1.2GHz Arm A8 processor, 8GB of internal storage, HDMI out, and a few other little features. Both run Android 4.0, mercifully. Any tablets at CES that don’t are plain crazy. Strangely enough, neither has Market access – just the Amazon market. The T507 will go for $ 150, and the larger T510 will naturally be a bit more expensive, though no price has been mentioned just yet. More info here.
Then there’s the Shine, a small projector that’s certainly bigger than the early, ~20-lumen pico-projectors, but definitely smaller than the loud, hot, 1000-lumen “real” projectors. The Shine does 300 lumens at a resolution of 1280×768, which means you can do HD content on a fairly large screen, and not just in the pitch dark like weaker pocket projectors. They’re also claiming good color and contrast, which of course I’ll believe when I see it.
I like its unapologetically gadgety look, with the bright red and the grills. Not as tasteful as 3M’s stuff, but not as boring as some others I’ve seen. Price? “Under $ 400,” which sounds to me like $ 399. But we’ll see.
Then there’s the little VMUltra drive – optical drive, 500GB of storage, and a few USB hubs to boot. Very handy for the mobile gadgeteer, perhaps the perfect accessory for someone moving to an ultrabook or MacBook Air.
Like I said, we’ll try to drop by and get a feel for these gadgets when we’re down in Vegas. No promises! But we’ll definitely be reviewing one or more of them, so stay tuned.
I’ve gotten to review a few pico projectors, but haven’t had the opportunity to test one from AAXA. This new one, the P4, looks like it could stand up to my favorite so far, the 3M MP160. As 3M did with that device, AAXA sacrifices smallness for brightness, and ends up beating the competition by some margin.
At 80 lumens, the P4 is more than twice as bright as the MP160. That’s still nothing compared to normal stationary projectors, which can produce thousands of lumens, but 80 is more than enough for a nice big screen in a reasonably dim room.
Battery life is a reasonable 75 minutes, which is enough for a presentation or a TV show or two, but no good if you want to watch a movie with your sweetheart out in the woods (or something, I don’t know). The resolution is 1280×800, though, which is better than any other pico projector I know of, and the 750MHz processor should chew through most SD video files, though I doubt it can handle highly compressed 720p; you should probably use an external source for that.
Interestingly, it runs Windows CE apps, not that those are especially common, but it may make a laptop unnecessary if you’re just showing a few graphs or slides.
Hopefully we’ll get our hands on one of these to review. At $ 399 (on sale for $ 339 at the moment) it’s not quite an impulse buy, but it is probably the best one of these devices, spec-wise, on the market right now.
We’ve seen our fair share of pico projectors, so takes a bit to actually get us excited about one, but the Seeser from ESPlus is showing a lot of potential. Inside the tiny black box is a laser-based projection system which, unlike traditional lamps, doesn’t need to be focused and can output a 25-lumen, 800 x 600 image up to 100-inches in size. There’s an SD card slot around the side, which appears to be of the micro variety and it has an integrated 1seg tuner for pulling in broadcasts. All of this is powered by a 1GHz processor running Froyo — so there’s no actual need to hook up an external content source. Sadly it doesn’t appear that it boasts access to the Android Market though, without a touchscreen, you wouldn’t be able to make good use of the apps anyway. The Seeser should be available in Korea soon, but there’s no word yet on how much it’ll cost.