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  • Personal Projector Ltd Exhibiting At BETT 2017 (Pico Genie, Acer, Philips, Vivitek)

    The biggest technology show in the UK's education sector is just around the corner and we're delighted to say we'll be attending the BETT Show for the fourth straight year. If you're attending, come and say hi - we'll be in Hall 15, at stand F354. Our focus this year is on great projector deals and portable interactivity, which could revolutionise the way you think about your interactive whiteboard. We're also have deals on large format displays (LFDs), new short throw portable projectors and wireless portable LED projectors with Android interfaces.

    If you've ever wanted a large format interactive whiteboard you can fit in your bag and set up in minutes, you will definitely want to read our sneak preview of what we'll be showing at BETT!

    Interactive (Portable) Whiteboards & Accessories

    We have two products that will be released in the very near future that will let you turn any flat surface into a touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard up to 120" in size!


    The first to be released is the Acer Smart Touch Kit, which is compatible with a number of Acer projectors (U5520B, U5320W, U5220, S1383WHne (pictured above), S1283Hne, S1283e). It's a  dongle that fits onto the projector, along with an infrared sensor that you put on your projection surface, but there are a lot of features packed into this device! Although the projectors themselves are not portable the Smart Touch Kit turns any flat surface into a whiteboard with a 10-point touch screen, meaning large groups can all use it at the same time. It's also finger touch compatible, so you don't need to buy a load of expensive accessories to use it.

    The second accessory is the Pico Genie Touch Display, which is cheaper than the Acer model and while it only offers a 2-point touch screen and must be used with a stylus it's much more portable. it works with the new highly portable hand-held M550 Plus. The Touch Display connects as a separate accessory and takes advantage of the M550 Plus' 3 hour battery life to give you a truly portable wireless touch screen whiteboard you can take anywhere!

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    Both of these items are available for pre-order now.

    Ultra Short Throw Large Format Displays


    Inspire students, parents and staff alike with large dynamic digital displays in your reception area, corridors, staff room, dining hall or classrooms. The real unique feature is how close this projector can sit to the wall and still be able to project a huge 120" image on any wall (even a coloured wall) so you are maximising space in small areas.

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 offers a Full HD display and 2000 lumens. Since the Screeneo sits so close to your projection surface, those 2000 lumens go much further, giving you an ultra bright display that can be seen in any light conditions. It features automatic colour correction technology, meaning you can even project onto most coloured walls without having to worry about image quality!

    Wireless Projectors

    Projectors are evolving beyond simply being pass through devices - the new breed of projectors have WiFi, inbuilt Android OS (that works with Apple products too!) and onboard memory so you can save files and apps onto the projector. This means you don't even need a PC or laptop to project from, just set up and go! What's more, projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Qumi Q3 Plus (pictured below) which we'll be exhibiting at BETT, have long battery lives (the M550 Plus has up to 3 hours) so you can take a whole lesson without a single wire in sight!


    Also at the show will be wireless dongles that turn any projector into a wireless projector that connect to your iPad, android device or laptop (Win 7 and 8).

    The Vivitek Qumi Q6 will also be at the show along with its bigger brother the Qumi Q7 with wireless dongle.

    Full HD Portable LED Projector: Vivitek Qumi Q8

    The long awaited, record-breaking Qumi Q8 will also be available to pre-order at the show. Its tiny size defies belief and it offers an amazing 1000 lumens and is the smallest Full HD (1080p) LED projector in the world.

    Ultra Portable Short Throw Projectors


    The Acer K138ST is the latest in ultra portable short throw projection so you can get a bigger image close up to the wall. If you are tight on space  in your classroom then short throw projection is a must! The K138ST benefits from an 800 lumen LED light source and offers phenomenal value, meaning it is a quality budget option.

    To view our full range of short throw projectors, click HERE.

  • The Wireless Projection Guide- What Are the Options And How Does It Work?






    Fed up of cables? Need more information about wireless projection? We'll explain the different wireless options along with the best and easiest way to connect your smart device at 100" seamlessly.

    Whether it's for home use, travel, business, education, gaming, entertainment or art, projecting your smart device wirelessly can make life a whole lot easier. We do however know how complicated it can be to choose the most suitable wireless projector. This blog breaks down the top Pico Projectors, their Wi-Fi functionality and what you need to make them work for your needs.

    See our range of wireless projectors here.

    How does Full Wireless Mirroring work with a projector?

    This term is fairly self-explanatory and means your smart device (iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet etc) display can be fully mirrored through the projector wirelessly. Whatever is displayed through your device will be identical through the projector so what you see on one screen is what you get on the other screen. Apple call this AirPlay and Android call it Screen Mirroring / Quick Connect (amongst other terms). Some projectors have this function built in like the M550 which then mirrors all devices. Other projectors like the M400 Pro work with Android for full mirroring but do not work with Apple. However a variety of dongles can be purchased to make it work with Apple. Typically this feature is only available on high end projectors. See a video of the Pico Genie M550 projector in action using full wireless mirroring here.

     Wireless M550

    These types of projectors work with a wide array of different sources such as DLNA, Miracast, WiFi and WiDi or Android apps that download directly to the projector itself for complete compatibility.


    How does wireless mirroring work with a projector using an App?

    Some projectors such as the Pico Genie P85 have tiny wireless dongles included that lets the user display content wirelessly. On either Android or iPhone the user can then download a free App like EZ Cast Pro and connect their smart device to the projector directly without the need for a router or 3g/4g data connection.

    The app works in a very similar way to the full screen mirroring and just means you need to go via an app to access the different functions. There are a massive number of options which pretty much mean that you can access everything from email, videos, the web, PowerPoint, music and much more. The only difference its not a direct mirror copy of your screen as you have to go through the app first but other than that it’s a great way to wirelessly project almost anything. See a video of the Pico Genie P85 projector in action using the wireless mirroring with the app here.

    A further consideration when using the wireless feature is whether or not you will need to connect via a router, hotspot, 3g/4g type connection.

    p85 ez cast

    What are the alternatives if there is no built-in wireless? Cables or Wireless Dongles

    If your projector has no wirelessly functionality built in, don't worry. You still have options to share your smart device wirelessly. The table at the very bottom of the page shows a wide variety of methods of mirroring whether its using a cable or a wireless HDMI type dongle or system like Apple TV or Chromecast.

    Cables - The simplest and easiest way will be using a cable. For Android users this may include an MHL adaptor which must be purchased for the exact model of your handset so its advisable to purchase it from the manufacturer directly. For Apple users there are a variety of HDMI and VGA adaptors that connect HDMI or VGA cables directly to a iPhone or an iPad. There are lots of copies on the market for this type of cable so beware of cheap imitations. See Apple’s website for more details.

    Wireless dongles can be connected to your projector via the HDMI port. This will allow your smart device to connect straight to the projector wirelessly. Using a wireless dongle is a great way for users to get Full Wireless Mirroring as above and is often a much cheaper way of getting this feature without paying £££ for a high end projector.


    Note that these dongles always require an additional power source so you need a plug for the projector (if its not being used on battery) and you need a plug to power the dongle. However some of the Pico Genie projectors like the P200, M400 Pro and M550 act as power sources ie the HDMI port carries power to the dongle without the need for an extra plug. This is a great feature to have. The best dongles work with everything such as this WiDi (Wireless Display) dongle here.

    Also note the dongles will all connect differently to your device. Some will need a wifi or hotspot or 3g/4g connection and others will simply connect directly to your device without needing an internet connection. See the table for compatibility with your phone.


    TV Dongles

    There are a large number of dongles available that are like Android sticks that plug into the HDMI port as well and allow you to get TV directly onto the device. The Pico Genie M550 also has this type of feature built into the projector so you can download anything from the internet onto the device via its Android operating system. This will create your personal TV projector.

    A further consideration when using the wireless feature is whether or not you will need to connect via a router, hotspot, 3g/4g type connection. See the table for more details

    Wireless Compatability_Pico Genie

    *The P100 (and very small projectors) do not work with WiDi dongles as the HDMI port is too close to the power port

    ** P85 does not require power for its own dongle but does require power for any other wireless mirroring dongle or TV chromecast dongle. See the best wireless mirroring dongle here.

    Alternative Accessories: How dongles/cables for screen mirroring connect - Directly or Via an App

    Wireless Dongle Options

    Recommended WiDi Dongle

    See Apple AV HDMI Adaptors here

    For a full list of Chromecast and other dongles please see this computerworld article: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824189/computer-hardware/10-mirroring-devices-let-you-present-without-wires.html#slide3

    Overall, put simply the projector that connects wirelessly to almost everything is the Pico Genie M550 and the M400 Pro model is great for Android users and the P85 is the best value wireless projector for both Apple and Android users. You can also connect via the WiDi dongle and this will create wireless capabilities to most devices and can be a much cheaper solution.




  • Why Ultra Portable Projectors Are Ideal For Learning And Development







    Why ultra portable projectors are ideal for learning and development

    Whilst most educational organisations these days have access to fixed projectors, many areas inside and outside can now be transformed with money saving ultra portable LED projection and portable screens. Potential uses for tiny LED projectors include:

    Education Applications


    • - Back up projector: Save money with no more teaching downtime when the old bulbs go!
    • - Maximise space where there is no fixed projector (staff room, head's office, Sports, Music, corridors, "catch up corner" etc)
    • - Intervention / Breakout groups
    • - Connect to iPad, Smartphone, visualisers, laptops, netbooks, DVD players and more
    • - Pupil premium spaces
    • - Special Needs / Create portable sensory rooms / Bigger, brighter images for children with profound learning difficulties
    • - Outdoor provision - Record and project back from devices with wired & wireless screen mirroring

    Top education projector we recommend: Pico Genie M550

    Video: See portable projectors in action inside a school, Click here

  • Press Release: Pico Genie Launches 4 Amazing LED Projectors!


    Pico Genie launch an impressive range of new brighter portable LED projectors with increased brightness, wireless connectivity to Apple/Android and extended battery performance. This new range of mini LED projectors can meet all your needs from gaming to travel, educational, business or personal use! The new range massively differs to anything else on the market and will revolutionise the portable projector / display market!


    New Pico Genie Range April 2016


    FOUR new Pico Genie models will meet the portable projection needs of every business or consumer. Models now offer up to 650 lumens, include Android OS and are packed with every imaginable feature including unique benefits such as a 3 hour battery projecting at 650 lumens which is a world first!


    • Pico Genie M550: The world's first 650 lumen Android projector with battery power for up to 3 hours. The M550 has every feature a consumer could desire
    • Pico Genie P200: Uniquely offers 200 lumens standing out from the crowd with its slick design
    • Pico Genie P85: Breaking the mould, the P85 is a game changer for affordable wireless projection, wirelessly share Android or Apple devices at a great price
    • Pico Genie P55: An entry level product with incredible image quality and connectivity for a staggering low price.

    Ideal for home cinema, gaming, travel, education and more starting. Please take a look at the new range which starts from £149. 

    See the full specifications here: www.picogenie.com


    The full range is available exclusively at Personal Projector!


  • What Is The Smallest Image I Can Project?






    Want to know the smallest size image your projector can create?

    Most traditional projectors struggle to project anything less than A4 size images whereas the Pico Genie range of projectors can project ultra small images as low as 12cm x 12 cm in sharp focus with an ultra bright image just 10cm away from the screen.


    Here is a contrast of the Pico Genie P50 Pro projecting at 12cm square versus the A4 standard image (45 cm away).


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    It’s ideal for artists or anyone wanting to use a projector for creative installations in small places as the projectors are not much bigger than match boxes and have good battery power as well.


    The Pico Genie P100 is also very popular with artists and used for installations in museums and visitor attractions around the world or for creative pieces hidden inside sculptures.

    Check out the Pico Genie P100 here!


  • The World’s Largest Projection at London’s O2 Arena! All In Support Of England Rugby!






    The event has been organised to highlight the telecom giant’s partnership with England Rugby. With the upcoming World Cup due to start on Friday, this huge stunt allows fans to have their tweets projected onto the O2 by using the hashtag #WearTheRose.

    Wear The Rose

    The 68 projectors and 144 moving headlight fixtures will be lighting up the O2 for the duration of the world cup, that’s a whole 7 weeks! Fans tweets will be visible from sunset to midnight and tweeters selected for broadcast will be sent an exclusive image of their message on the O2.

    This magnificent event was launched last week with England Official singer Laura Wright performing Jerusalem (English National Anthem). Laura performed from the roof of the O2 whilst being engulfed by the famous British Red Rose.

    Nina Bibby, marketing and consumer director at O2, said: "This is the pinnacle of our 20-year partnership with the England Rugby and is the ultimate demonstration of O2’s support for the team. We’re calling on the entire country to show their support and now we are handing over the incredible opportunity for fans to tweet their messages on The O2 to make the team feel like giants and inspire them onto victory."

    Why not create your own huge projection in your home? Our projectors can create an image over 100” or more, perfect for having all your friends and family round to support England’s campaign!

    Check out the Pico Genie M400 Pro and the Vivitek Qumi Q4/Q5 from £299.99! Both perfect for creating an awesome cinema experience!





  • Interested In Creating Your Own Home Cinema? Roku 3 Allows You To Bookmark The Latest Films!






    In recent months Roku have announced an update to their streaming box which has caused quite a stir. Roku now allows you to bookmark films still in the cinema and send a notification to you when they’re available to stream! The launch of the Roku 3 is set to change how you watch TV at home!

    Roku 3 is a player that connects directly to your TV/Projector via HDMI, and to your home network to stream entertainment. It allows you choose from a wide selection of streaming channels put all your favorite content in one place. With over 1,700 streaming channels this is one of the best players on the market.

    Roku 3 Menu

    The player allows you to access a wide range of free channels, subscribe to popular streaming services such as Netflix and also rent the latest content. The recent update enables you to bookmark a film when it’s still in the cinema, once the film is available for streaming the Roku will send you a notification so you can instantly view it!

    Hook this up with your portable projector and you’ll never have to pay those extortionate cinema prices again!

    See our Pico Genie M400 Pro here, the perfect choice for creating a Personal Cinema in your home!


  • Want To Enhance Your Brain with 3D Media?






    Enhance Your Brain with 3D Media!

    New research has suggested that watching 3D media can enhance your brains cognitive processing and improve your reaction times! Visual-tech company RealD and a group of neuroscientists say that watching a 3D film can give viewers a 23% incease in cognitive processing and an 11% increase in reaction times.

    The tests were carried out at Vue’s Picadilly cinema in London. Participants in the test were shown 30 minutes footage of Disneys new film Big Hero 6. First in 3D and then the same footage in 2D. Results proved reaction times were 5 times higher than that of watching same 2D footage. Neuroscientist Patrick Fagan said “people are living longer and there’s a decline in cognitive brain function in old age... The inital results of this study indicate that 3Dfilms may potentially play a role in slowing this decline.”.

    Are you ready to explore the potential of 3D technology in your own home? Check out our Pico Genie M400 Pro mini projector!

    Renouned for being one of the brightest mini projectors on the market the M400 Pro is 3D ready out of the box. The Pico Genie M400 Pro has received rave reviews on BBC and on Channel 5's Gadget Show. It is the very latest in mini projection with inbuilt wireless connectivity and true wireless screen mirroring so you can instantly connect and project whatever is on your tablet, phone or ultrabook at 100".



  • Want to Wirelessly Connect Your Apple Device to a Projector? Check out the below options

    Apple are rumoured to be releasing the new Apple TV 2 in September 2015 alongside the new iPhone 6s. The new hardware is set to include Siri, meaning you can command your TV/projector with your voice alone! And it will even chat back... just like the iPhone... How cool is that?!

    Apple TV provides the perfect solution to connecting your Apple devices to your portable projector. If you are looking to connect your iPhone / iPad / iPod / MacBook Pro to a projector or TV to get a big screen from a tiny device then look no further.

    Here are the different options to wirelessly connect Apple devices:

    MacBook Pro/Air

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    iPhone / iPad / iPod

    1. Apple TV- Connect the Apple TV directly to the projector via HDMI. This then acts as a wireless HDMI link to your iPhone / iPad / iPod
    2. Wireless Chromecast Dongle- Connect the dongle to the projector via HDMI. This then acts a wireless HDMI link to your MacBook Pro/Air  (check out this computer world article for a list of the top 10)

    If you don't need a wireless connection, see how to connect your device using a wired cable here.

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    All projectors that have an HDMI port can connect using this method, for example our Pico Genie and Vivitek range!

  • 3 Ways to Connect Your Apple/Android Device to Your Projector: Wired vs Wireless



    Want to Link Your Apple/Android device to your Projector with a Pico Genie portable projector? Here are 3 options to connect your tablet, smartphone (Android or Apple) to a portable mini projector.

    1. Connect Projector Wirelessly with in-built wireless:-
      • Pico Genie M550 Plus (Screen Mirroring/Miracast ideal for Android) has superb instant connectivity with full screen mirroring and the ability to surf online at the same time without going through an app. The dongle is therefore built-in. Mirroring from Apple devices is achieved through the Happycast app, which comes installed on the projector.
      • Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus – this is a 500 lumen projector which has DLNA inbuilt (ios Apple compatible) and connects via wifi in the same way as the chromecast dongles. Effectively its got the dongle built in.
    2. Connect Projector via HDMI wire - via Apple Digital AV adaptors for tablets, phones (see this for full details iPad/ iPhones) or to MacBooks
    3. Connect Wirelessly via HDMI dongles
      • Ideal for mirroring your device’s screen eg using Apple TV or Chromecast dongles
      • This Computerworld article is the most comprehensive explanation of pros and cons and it lists 10 dongles.
      • Bear in mind you might still need power to the dongle. If using the Pico Genie P200  this one has a USB power out feature so it can power the dongle and so it doesn’t have wires trailing to a plug.

    These unique features of the Pico Genie projectors make them very popular with anyone wanting to connect via wire or wire free.

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