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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Samsung Galaxy Beam Projector Phone Review: Does the Projector live up to the mark?

    The Samsung Galaxy beam projector phone was launched yesterday at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress and was instantly coined as the "Galaxy S in life raft yellow". Whilst this might be appealing to some will the projection capabaliities live up to the mark and not drain the all important battery power Smartphones crave these days whilst providing a nice true image of the amazing photos or videos you just took.

    Projector Phone capabilities are a bit of a damp squid...

    -          Its a 15 lumen projector but it doesnt appear to use DLP which means you loose a lot of contrast and pictures can look very dim when compared to an equivalent 15 lumen DLP projector, especially if they are not tweaked to get the max power like stand alone pico projectors are. Mobile phone companies are reluctant to do this as it drains the battery so the best performance is never obtained from a 15 lumen projector in a phone at the moment.

    -          The 2000 mAh battery would be our key concern as Samsung is not renoun for its long battery life and with a projector added in the battery wil die extremely quickly which is why we prefer companion projectors with their own battery or even better cases with external battery and a built in projector like the Pico Genie A100 so your projector has its own power supply and conversly it can also charge your phone if it runs out of power (iPhone 4 / iPod Touch 4).

    Overall its a nice idea but you will need to compromise too much on the projection and battery for it to be really useful at the moment so the Pico Genie A100 or any of the ultra light pico projectors with their own dedicated battery that allow you to connect to just about any device from Smarphones, laptops to iPads, will be a better option for most.

    If you’re interested in having an ultra portable projector for use with your phone, check out our Pico range for more info and the Pico Genie A100 if you have the iPhone 4/ 4s/ iPod Touch.

  • Firmware upgrade for ViewSonic PLED-W500

    PLED-W500 has benefited from a firmware upgrade which enables Wi-Fi capability (PC, tablet, smart phone) when used in conjunction with the WPD-100 Wi-Fi dongle.

    The firmware upgrade is included as standard on all models shipped after January 2012 (all PLED-W500’s manufactured with a serial number beginning SL11201).
    All PLED-W500’s manufactured in 2011 will need to have the firmware upgrade applied in order to enable Wi-Fi capability.

    Wi-Fi capability is also possible on Apple and Blackberry platforms and the set-up instructions will be similar although slightly different.

    For a guide on how to upgrade your ViewSonic PLED-W500's firmware to enable Wi-Fi, please click here for more details

    To carry out the Firmware upgrade from PC please click here for more details

  • ViewSonic Wi-Fi setup from your PC

    Wi-Fi setup

    1. Insert the Wi-Fi dongle (WPD-100) into USB slot in the back of the projector.

    Insert the Wi-Fi dongle (WPD-100) into USB slot in the back of the projector.

    2. Using the keypad on the top of the projector or the button on the remote control, power on the projector and wait for the start up screen to appear.

    Using the keypad on the top of the projector or the button on the remote control, power on the projector and wait for the start up screen to appear.

    3. Using the keypad on the top of the projector or the buttons on the remote control, select “source” then use the down arrow to select the “USB A” input.

    Using the keypad on the top of the projector or the buttons on the remote control, select “source” then use the down arrow to select the “USB A” input.

    Confirm using the right arrow key on the keypad on the top of the projector or the button on the remote control.

    Confirm using the right arrow key on the keypad on the top of the projector or the button on the remote control.

     

    With the USB dongle icon highlighted press the down arrow key on the keypad on the top of the projector or the button on the remote control.

    The following screen should appear…

    4. On your PC, disconnect from whatever Wi-Fi network you may be connected to and reconnect to “PLED-W500”

    5. Open your web browser and enter “http://192.168.100.10. The following screen should appear ...

    Open your web browser and enter “http://192.168.100.10. The following screen should appear

    6. Download and install the Projector Management Utility which is called MirrorOpLite.

    7. Double click on the MirrorOpLite icon which has been installed on your desktop

    Double click on the MirrorOpLite icon which has been installed on your desktop

     

     

    8. The following window should appear on your desktop …

    The following window should appear on your desktop …

    Press connect and the following windows will appear on your desktop …

    Connecting … Connected …

    Click on “play” and your desktop will be displayed by the projector. Hey presto wireless presentation has been established !

    Click on “play” and your desktop will be displayed by the projector.
    Hey presto wireless presentation has been established !

    9. To disconnect click on the “stop” icon

    10. To exit from the MirrorOpLite application, click here…

  • James Bond would love these new gadgets...

    At this years ISE 2012 exhibition there were some really cool new products fit for a Bond movie including a bookshelf which projects your books, a translucent fridge door which turns into a cinema/advertising screen and best of all a bath which cleverly hides a huge TV and a refrigerated glass of champagne!

    Check out this ultra cool bath which houses a nice TV with a fridge that pops out a bottle of Moet with glasses for 2 - cool!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKaap7Pluwc&feature=plcp&context=C3bf2cc0UDOEgsToPDskItYgRWVIabcuDrrn8v9S73

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=y0YNzxtlGoc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQabjNuCLWo&feature=mfu_channel&list=UL

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