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Monthly Archives: November 2010

  • Pocket Projection – Use in the Theatre

    In today’s blog we’ve got a great Q&A interview with Filskit Theatre Company who use our pocket projectors, especially the Adapt 305, in their theatre performances. Blending art with cutting edge technology, the Company’s use of projectors has been hailed by the London Fringe Review as ‘innovative’, projection ‘onto walls, people and backing sheets’ really setting them apart from other practitioners. We’re always keen to hear about the different ways customers put their pocket projectors to use and Filskit’s imaginative experimentation with multimedia in the theatre is truly fascinating. Read on to find out more!

    1. Tell us a little about Filskit Theatre Company:

    Filskit Theatre is an ensemble of four female performers; we are all graduates of Rose Bruford College. We started Filskit Theatre in 2008 after completing a course in visual theatre in Barcelona. Our work is based on the relationship between the physical performer and projected image. This includes how the body can be used as a canvas for projection, how the performers can interact with the projected image and how the projectors can be puppeteered by the performers.

    2. Why and how do you incorporate pocket projection into your performances?

    Our use of pocket projection began in 2008. As part of our Ba Hon European Theatre Arts Course we chose to investigate the relationship between the live performer and projected image, this investigation culminated in a twenty minute performance which was later extended and became our first piece "The Living Canvas".

    We use pocket projectors because they are small and easy for the performers to carry and manipulate, the in-built memory and battery also mean that we are free of wires so moving around is a lot easier.

    3. In what way is projection used in your latest performance 'Snow White'?

    In our latest piece, a re-telling of "Snow White", we use the pocket projectors to project images onto people, props and clothes to transport the audience into the fairytale world. The projectors are used throughout the piece by the narrators as a story telling devise. We also use videos as a means of communication from the evil step-mother, a modern take on this traditional tale.

    4. What does the future hold for Filskit Theatre Company?

    Our dream is to become a touring theatre company, to carry on devising shows and expand our collection of pocket projectors so that we can branch out into running workshops. We already have exciting plans in place to finish "Snow White" in the New Year.

    Thanks to Sarah for taking the time to talk to us about Filskit’s work. Find out more about Filskit Theatre's pocket projector of choice, the highly portable Adapt 305, on our product page. Take a look at Filskit Theatre’s website for up to date information on latest performances: www.filskittheatre.com.

  • Personal Projector LOVEFiLM Special Offer OFFICIAL LAUNCH

    To celebrate the launch of our new website, Personal Projector have teamed up with LOVEFiLM and Amazon to provide all our UK customers with a very SPECIAL OFFER!

    Upon purchasing a Personal Projector product, customers can receive a unique code entitling them to a FREE 30 DAY SUBSCRIPTION to LOVEFiLM and a £10 Amazon.co.uk Gift Voucher. All you need now is the popcorn!

    Our LED projectors are perfect for beaming movies, TV or games onto any surface or screen, providing you with a great home and portable entertainment experience. LOVEFiLM offer a rental selection of over 67,000 titles, including HD/Blu-ray DVDs, video games and digital streaming, providing the projectable content you need, on demand. Check out some of Personal Projector’s top picks from LOVEFiLM below...

    For more information, including Terms, click here.

    OUR TOP PICKS TO PROJECT FROM LOVEFiLM!

    TOY STORY 3

    Very, very few trilogies manage it. Chris Nolan will attempt it with The Dark Knight Rises. Toy Story has done it: three spectacular films, each one fabulous in its own right, and each enhancing the joy of the overall experience. Andy’s mum donates Woody, Buzz et al to a nursery school, where they’re welcomed by Ken (Michael Keaton) and Lotso Bear (Ned Beatty). But all is not as it seems...

    AVATAR - EXTENDED COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    The future. Paraplegic war hero, Jake, is taken against his will to the planet of Pandora - a world inhabited by a race of humanoids called The Na'vi. Forced to exploit the valuable resources of the local population, Jake decides to turn against his human companions, and join the planet's people in an epic fight for survival.

    ASSASSIN'S CREED: BROTHERHOOD (XBOX 360/PS3)

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is an epic action game for PlayStation 3 set across a blend of present and historical time periods, that places the player in the role of the leader of a Renaissance-era guild of assassins out for vengeance against the remnants of the Knights Templar. Set primarily in Rome, this sequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed II features returning characters from the previous game and includes new features such as the ability to command members of your guild in combat, a new arsenal of weapons and multi-player game support in which players can assume different assassin characters.

    and with Christmas just around the corner...

    LOVE ACTUALLY

    Written and directed by Richard Curtis and produced by Duncan Kenworthy (the team behind NOTTING HILL and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) this zingy Brit-com weaves a vivid crazy quilt of interlocking or unrelated vignettes all dealing with the subject of love over the Christmas holidays in London.

    Check out our range of projectors here - UK Customers can redeem the LOVEFiLM and Amazon SPECIAL OFFER when any purchase is made. We hope you like the new website as much as we do - and enjoy taking advantage of this great offer too!

  • iGo Named as CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for iGO UP2020 Pocket Projector

    We are delighted to announce that iGo has been named as a CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award Honoree, for the new UP 2020 pocket projector.

    iGo

    This is a prestigious award recognising and celebrating outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 35 product categories. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media.
    This really highlights what an exciting new product the iGO UP 2020 pocket projector is. Hailed as the lightest, slimmest pocket projector on the market, with DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology and Flip Cam compatibility, here is a reminder of what this award-winning projector has on offer:

    This is the very latest in high contrast DLP projection providing one of the sharpest pictures available on a pocket projector. This micro LED projector is also extremely well made and one of the highest quality built mini projectors we have seen to date.
    A key feature of this pocket projector is connectivity. It connects to the very popular Flip camcorder and the supplied HDMI cable ensures high quality images can be transferred from many cameras, camcorders and Smartphones such as HTC EVO, Droid X.
    Overall, this 20 lumen micro projector is a superbly designed micro projector, certain to impress with its stylish appearance, amazing picture quality and superb connectivity.

    Check out the full spec on our product page here.

    iGo

    More info from the Press Release:
    The iGo Pocket Projector UP-2020 and the iGo KeyJuice from iGo will be displayed at the 2011 International CES, which runs January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 4.

  • Taking a ride with the stunt cars

    We visited the Toys for Big Boys Show this weekend in Dublin which was an interesting mix of electronic products ranging pocket projectors to the usual remote control helicopters as well as some other products you really wouldnt expect to find at the show such as candles, chocolates, make up artists and fortune tellers.

    Pocket projectors were very thin on the ground at the show although there were some interesting mixes of projectors with DVD hi fi, projector camcorders and even kareoke projector machines.

    We had great fun at the event arena where we took a ride with a drifter car and sampled the bikers wall of death.

    We had a great time riding in the specially converted drifer cars and took a ride with Mike who showed us how to spin a car around a car park.

  • Pocket projectors on tonight's Gadget Show

    Take a look at the latest mini projectors on tonight's Gadget Show, Channel 5, Mon 8pm (November 8th) where Warwick Davis reviews the best pocket projectors on the market whilst playing back the Italian job.

    To find out more about the best range of LED portable projectors on the market take a look at our revamped website at www.personalprojector.co.uk. To celebrate the launch of our site we have teamed up with Amazon and Love Film to offer all UK customers:-
    - £10 Amazon Gift voucher
    - Free 30 day trial at Love Film, the perfect way to watch movies on your pocket projector

    Special Offer to all UK customers: Free Love Film Offer and £10 Amazon Voucher

    Special

  • Adapt Pico Play Video

    Find out more and order the Pico Play on our product page.

  • ‘Open up your iPhone…’ – now including iPhone4

    Please note, the Adapt 450/Pro is now only available in Harrod's. However, we do have an exciting range of other Palm Projectors, including the XGA M100 model - now available from our online store!

    Last month, we looked at how you can 'open up your iPhone with the Adapt 450' using a solution recommended by crowdedbrain.co.uk. The 'Jailbreak' suggested allows you to project from your iPhone - an ideal portable solution for presentations. Here's a recap:

    Crowded Brain recommend ‘Jailbreaking’ your device, for those users still on iOS 4.0.1 or lower. You can just head over to jailbreakme.com on your device and follow the instructions. After this you can install a small app called ‘TVOutTuner’ and abracadabra you’re away!

    Brett over at Crowded Brain has now found a solution for the iPhone 4:

    You can now Jailbreak iOS 4.1 with Limera1n.

    With the above installed you can truly open up your iPhone/iPod Touch by displaying any screen from your operating system, for example a word document (using Documents To Go) or playing a game.

    Excellent news! Read the original blog here.

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

  • Hong Kong Victoria Peak Projectors - A Postcard

    Whilst in Hong Kong several weeks ago, Personal Projector attended the Hong Kong Electronics Fair which showcased the biggest, brightest and most exciting technology in the industry today. No trip to this incredible city would have been complete, however, without a visit to the Victoria Peak, via tram. This piece is our virtual ‘Postcard’ from the Peak.

    Wish You Were Here: The Hong Kong Peak Tram

    The Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s number one tourist attraction, offering brilliant views of the city from the top. We eagerly climbed aboard the vintage tram which took us to the top, 550 metres above sea level, where a Shopping Mall, Observation Tower and Madame Tussauds(!) awaited. The view was phenomenal.

    What also grabbed our attention was the presence of a large Pico Projector stand in the shopping complex. The “Wow!” factor of these gadgets was certainly causing passers by to take a closer look. It’s amazing where you can find these exciting Projectors – and no better place for them than at the number one tourist attraction in Hong Kong, at the TOP of the Victoria Peak!

    Pocket Projectors at the Victoria Peak Shopping Centre Hong Kong

    Passed this stand when visiting the Peak in Hong Kong? Not been yourself but intrigued?

    You can find our TOP selection of Pocket Projectors here. Don’t forget we deliver internationally and be sure to check out the ultra portable Adapt 305 which boasts a 4GB onboard memory and 45 lumens of brightness!

    This post was written by Sam. Want to talk to him? You can contact him by clicking here.

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