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  • Top 5 Best Home Cinema and 4K Projectors for 2019

    Home Cinema and 4K

    Home Cinema projectors have increased in popularity with the rise of 4k content, box set binging and streaming apps to create a personalised big screen experience from the comfort of your sofa. So here are the top 5 best performing projectors that can bring Cineworld to your living room...

    From only £498 you can get a full HD 3000 lumen viewing experience with the Acer H6517ST, ideal for gaming, movies and big screen sports.


    The BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw projector is fantastic for easily setting up the cinema experience in your home. With the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project large images to your wall from just inches away. Perfect for when you don't have the space for a traditional set up.

    BenQ W1600

    The Acer P8800 is the ultimate home cinema projector. The 5000 Ansi lumens projector combines Ti XPR technology, projecting more than 8.3 million pixels with UHD 4K to bring you crisp, rich and vivid images taking you closer to the onscreen action!

    Acer P8800

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k projector choice, with near silent projection and deep rich colours you'll get that authentic cinema feeling without leaving the house.

    Acer M550

    The Acer V7850 is the 4k home cinema projector to choose if you want truly life-like immersion. The fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning even at giant proportions, so you can finally reclaim that big screen cinema experience whenever and however you like.

    Acer v7850

    Feature AcerH6517ST BenQ W1600  Acer P8800  Acer M550  Acer V7850
    Price (inc vat) £498 £1199.99 £5500 £1199.99 £1908
    ANSI Lumens 3000 3300 5000 2900 2200
    Resolution 1080p 1080p 4k UHD 4k 4k
    Lens shift (adjustable image size ) vertical vertical vertical,horizontal vertical vertical and manual zoom
    Connectivity HDMI, VGA, USB, composite HDMI x2, USB, composite, USB HDMI, MHL, VGA, USB HDMI, HDMI 2.0, MHL, USB, Component, VGA HDMI 2.0,  VGA, USB,Network (RJ-45)
    Lens offset (for ceiling install) no no  Yes Yes Yes
    Feature AcuMotion for gaming Ultra Short Throw More than 8.3 million pixels near silent Projection award winning image
    Speakers 2w 10w x2 No 10w 10w

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Portable projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Business Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • Bett Show 2019: Robots and Wireless Projectors

    At this years Bett Show 2019, there was a wealth of the usual big TV screens but what stood out from the crowd.

    Casio ES Wireless Projectors Casio launched an idiot-proof projector for wireless screen mirroring from ipads, laptops or phones to the projector.

    The new ES range from casio come pre-installed with all the hardware you need so it’s a simple case of connecting to the projector directly (or the router) and off you go. The beauty of the casio ES range is its simplicity with no setup and almost instant connection. Crucially there is no app to worry about you just find the projector from the wifi list of your PC or iPad and off you go.

    This will really help the education world (and corporate world for that matter) by saving time in connecting devices.

    The Casio ES range has been designed to work seamlessly with Windows and Apple for ipads especially so it should work perfectly with most equipment in schools. It will also mirror from Android as well (although an app is required).

    The projectors look identical to the previous versions and the tiny dongles are still required however Casio claim there is less fuss in connection. Certainly on the demo we saw at Bett 2019 it worked quickly and painlessly.

    Please contact us for more information and pricing at the Casio ES Range of Projectors due to launch imminently.

    Working in Education? Share Pico Genie LED PORTABLE projectors across multiple departments: PE, head teacher meetings, displays, music, gaming or a backup projector to reduce classroom downtime

    Checkout the range of ultra portable projectors for inside and outside the classroom.

    Robots at this years Bett show abound but Miro-E is definitely the cutest and great for special needs as well as robot programming. Stroke it, and lights flash, eyelids flutter to stimulate sensory needs £2400 - it just needs a projector in it now.

  • Whats New at CES 2019: TVs, UST projectors, Folding Screens and Wardrobe projectors

    Las Vegas lights have turned on once again this January for the annual tech fest and its not going to disappoint those interested in the latest releases of audio visual equipment. We've lined up a few of the interesting new releases at CES 2019 from supersized OLED TVs, ultra short throw projectors with 3 lasers, folding screens on the latest TVs and mobile phones and projectors that act as smart shelves for the home, warehouse or retail outlet.

    ..And Finally, we look a robot suitcase to put those phones and projectors in that weighs itself and auto-follows you

    Hisense 4K Smart TriChroma Laser TV 100L7T, Harmon Kardon Speakers

    hisense 4k UST 3 laser projector hisense 4k UST 3 laser projector


    The unique thing about the Hisense is it’s the first projector of its kind that opens up a bunch of possibilities without having to goto an expensive conventional projection system and it offers amazing colours with 3 lasers for each colour source in the RGB range making stunning quality images in a discreet small package at 120”

    This really will be a great way to get a really big TV image from a small discreet package. The ultra short throw (UST) means the projector can just sit against the wall without all the issues of wiring and installation you get from normal home cinema projectors.

    Whilst its not being released until 2019 Oct/Nov time, and its around £13k, there are more affordable options out there today with ultra short throw, the best alternatives we’ve seen right now is the Benq W1600UST.

    LG unveiled the 65R9, a new take on rollable TV’s with a stunning 65” OLED flexible display TV R that can slide in and out of view at the touch of a button.


    This TV will make you gasp at both its quality and its (yet to be released) price which is sure to be eye watering.

    The modes it offers are Full View, Hidden and Partial view for features such as clock, frame, mood, music and main dashboard.

    Prepare to be blown away by the staggering 100W dolby atmos speakers!

    LG Home Brew

    On a slightly different note, LG also unveiled the LG HomeBrew, which  brews stout, wheat beer, pale ale, IPA and pilsner via capsules that contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavourings. All they need now to go with the LG TV and the LG barman is the LG pocorn machine for that perfect home cinema.

    Samsung MicroLED Walls

    One of our favourite features from last year was the Samsung MicroLED panels which allow you to build your TV in any shape or size you desire - I cant wait !

    Folding phone-cum-tablet : But How Good Is it?

    The overall verdict of the Royole FlexPai seems to be it’s a typical hybrid device trying to offering the best of both worlds but delivering the worst of both worlds with a poor phone and a poor screen, but it does fold !

    Lets see what Samsung folding phone brings but in the meantime check out the video below to find out more.

    Bosch introduces projection module that allows virtual touchscreens on any surface

    A surprising new entrant to the laser / micro projection world is Bosch who have launched Bosch Sensortech  an interactive projection module for the retailer or smart home / internet of things (IoT) applications that allows for a virtual touchscreen on every surface.

    The Bosch BML100PI module gives developers the ability to create interactive projection touchscreens on anything from ordinary shelves to appliances, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes and more.

    The device generates a laser beam to create a focus-free image on any surface and then scans it line-by-line to detect any gesture or finger movements.

    Its likely to be popular with shops with lots of smart shelves or any high street or for those who just want to bring organisation to their home lives as well as for warehouse or even in environmental technology.

    Power your house with your legs

    Its not often we see good environmental activity in the tech world but here is something from SportsArt that really connects people to energy usage.

    They profiled their uber cool Verde treadmill which claims to generate ‘up to 200 Watt hours’ of utility grade electricity just from your own leg power. You can use it to charge your gadgets or even sell the electricity generated back to the national grid.

    The OVIS AI-Powered Suitcase: Weighs itself and drives itself - WOW!

    ForwardX Robotics showed off their robot suitcase that follows behind you to make your journey easier. Its quite impressive in that its only 4.5kg and many airlines give at least 10kg hold luggage or unlimited on low cost airlines like Easyjet.

    The key here though is it weighs itself when you put your stuff in no more scrambling for the scales and then it follows you whilst avoiding people.

    The Ovis can travel at speeds of up to 6mph, and can handle multiple surfaces. It follows a tracker (worn on your wrist) and uses computer vision to automatically avoid obstacles.

    It has an airline approved removable battery which also makes it easy to charge all your devices from the in-built USB ports in the case as well as offer an anti-lost alarm and location tracker.

    Its not the cheapest suitcase at around £630 and will be widely available in Q2 2019.

  • Digital Art Projection Museum on a huge scale

    Be ready to experience different everything from a different perspective at the incredible Borderless exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. This is Digital Art on another scale completely with 10,000 sqm of projected moving artworks.

    The projected art evolves and is never the same twice and you can even contribute your own artwork at the exhibition yourself and see it integrated into the exhibition.

    Exhibits react to your presence and touch, changing and reacting all the time.

    A huge array of 470 projectors bring the exhibit to life. Even the tea comes alive when you drink it with a projection onto the cream.

  • Leeds Light Night Dazzles The City: 4th/5th Oct 2018

    The Leeds Light Night is a free multi-arts and light festival celebrating the diverse and thriving creativity of Leeds. Light Night Leeds is the 14th Leeds projection extravaganza attracting a staggering 80,000 local, national and international visitors.

    Whether its super-lit circus acts, large visual light displays or laser shows, the Leeds Light Night is sure to dazzle all in every corner of the city centre.

    HIGHLIGHTS 2017 Leeds Light Festival

    To get a feel for whats coming tonight for the Leeds Light Festival 2018 take a look at this video of the 2017 highlights

    Highlights of 2017 included an Aerial Circus in Trinity Leeds, and Lampounette and a series of huge desk lamps along Briggate.

    Where to go in 2018?

    This years highlights of the Leeds Light Festival 2018 4th and 5th October will include displays in the areas below with one of the biggest projections on the whole facade of the Queens Hotel in City Square.

    • The Headrow, Town Hall, Millenium Square, Leeds Arena and the University
    • Victoria Shopping Area and Briggate
    • Train Station
    • On the streets around the city


    Leeds Light Festival Map 2018 Where to Go for the Leeds Light Festival


    Plan your trip: Displays to visit Leeds Light Night 2018

    There are so many events planned its best to just wander the city, perhaps starting from the water taxi near the train station and then up towards The Queens Hotel in City Square, then head up towards the Town Hall onto the Headrow, followed by Millenium Square where a large number of events seem to be held.


    Glow - Gandini Juggling - 4th / 5th 8pm to 11pm LEEDS DOCK
    A high energy, high impact slice of the Gandini’s dazzling dance juggling choreography in the beautiful setting of Leeds Dock.

    The Glo Men - LED Suits 4th / 5th 7.30pm ON THE STREETS
    Inspired by Tron, and using state-of-the-art technology, their LED suits perfectly sync colour changes with each other. Infusing dance and fire artistry, the Glo Men deliver high-calibre spectacles.

    BoomBikes - Sound Intervention 4th / 5th 8.15pm / 7.45pm ON THE STREETS
    The BoomBikes are mobile cinemas with powerful sound systems and digital projectors.

    For a full list of events and more info please visit the Whats On Website.

  • Why You Should Choose a Projector For Your Next Exhibition

    Exhibition preparation and installation can be incredibly difficult, how do you maximise the space available without overcrowding your stand?

    Weight and Size

    Courier costs for transporting big bulky monitors can get ridiculous, a portable projector will fit in a backpack no problem and you can even get palm sized pico projectors that still deliver awesome brightness and impressive visuals!  The Acer C200 is your ideal choice if you're short on space and need something small that can still produce a great image - it even has 4 hour battery. Offering a genuine 200 lumens of brightness from the palm of your hand the Acer C200 portable projector will help you save on space and in the exhibition environment efficient use of space is crucial.

    If you're swayed by a small projector, don't be tempted to go for a bargain basement projector from amazon, as they tend to overstate their lumens rating by a factor of 10! If you're still unsure about the danger of buying on amazon check out out Amazon buyer beware guide.

    If you're short on space and don't have room for a TV then a short throw projector like the Pico Genie M550 Plus would be ideal for your exhibition. This LED portable projector offers a larger image at short distances compared to standard throw models, making it an incredibly versatile projector for exhibitions.

    Here's a good example of a portable projector performing the job of a monitor without paying for installation or TV hire: 

    Price of Ownership

    With an LED projector the light source lifespan is 20,000 hours and upwards. TVs and monitors cost more in their lifetime purely by incurring larger delivery and installation costs. A portable projector is a simpler, more versatile, and more cost effective put-down-and-play option for exhibitors.

    Moreover because a projector can be taken on the move, visiting other exhibitors and showing off your wares is made even easier. That hired TV monitor won't be coming back with you or to your next client sales meeting without incurring significant cost,  but a portable projector offers a more cost effective choice.

    Creativity and Features

    The world of projectors offers a vast universe of possibilities, here are a few options:

    1. Make an Interactive display- anywhere

    The PIQS TT WiFi projector come with an interactive remote specially designed for gaming, presenting and drawing- and can be projected onto the wall, floor or ceiling. Why not let your visitors  draw on your floors, your walls or your ceiling for a more engaging experience?


    2. Paint a Mural with light

    Anyone can paint a mural using a projector–no talent or experience are required! Simply create a black and white version of a high-contrast image and project it largely on a wall. Of course you'll need to find some wall space, but there's no installation cost in sight. You could even throw in some animations for added eye-catching impact.

    Remember to choose an image that not only reinforces your brand, but also works well for projecting and painting, such as this motorcycle mural by Wilkinson Bros.

    Shoot a time-lapse video of the mural’s creation to share it online and to document how many people took part in the fun.

    3. Show Off Your Assets

    Gain attention by projecting eye-catching images in your booth space (try a short-throw projector for projecting in tight spots). The tone of your event will likely inform what photos you choose to display, but sources of content could include your catalog/website, demonstration videos or stills, company photos, and new product images.

    This diagram by Hitachi illustrates different projector throw distances.

    This diagram by Hitachi illustrates how normal, short, and ultra-short throw distance projectors vary.

    Relevant footage from a GoPro or drone, or real-time images from a remote camera can be an engaging substitute for professional photographs, as well.



  • HDMI 2.1 and 4K Home Cinema HDMI Guide

    Most people don't consider their cables when upgrading their home cinema projector, but with advances in 4K you'll need to think carefully about your setup. If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema projector but are still stuck with an old HDMI cable this guide can show you how your cable will perform.

    How to setup my 4k projector

    There is debate over whether HDMI cables should be listed as their 'version' number or just as 'standard' or 'high speed' but essentially version 2.0 and above is high speed. A 4K Home Cinema projector like the Acer V7850 has a HDMI 2.0 input specifically for 4K so you will need a HDMI 2.0 cable to get the full 4K experience.

    HDMI 1.4 only supports up to 4k 30hz,  whereas HDMI 2.0 can support 4k 60hz, ideal for 4k home cinema viewing. Connecting your HDMI 1.4 to a 4K projector will give you an up-scaled 1080p image, not quite the 4K clarity available.

    Any High-speed HDMI cable will do for your home cinema, they are now relatively cheap, and 'high speed' is just the name for HDMI 2.0 cables which are now the most commonly available since 2013.

    What is HDMI 2.1?

    Image result for hdmi 2.1

    Essentially, HDMI 2.1 has the capability to double-down on what HDMI 2.0 can manage. 2.1-standard cables will be able to easily outstrip the 4K limit, future proofing your set up with a maximum sending a maximum of 10K content at 120fps down the cable. HDMI 2.1 can even handle dyanmic HDR and variable refresh, adjusting pixels on-the-fly for crystal clear depth and focus.

    Will I need anything else for my 4K Home Cinema?

    You also need to consider the source of the 4K content, whether it's a Blu-ray player, games console or a AV receiver you'll need something that can send a 4K signal.

    The Bottom Line

    Getting 4K into your home is far more involved than just buying a 4K home cinema projector. You need the right pieces of the puzzle for it to work, otherwise you're just watching up-scaled 1080i/1080p, which isn't bad, but it's not 4K.

  • PIQS TT Projector Review

    The PIQS TT Wifi Projector has just arrived. This portable DLP LED HD projector has futuristic capabilities unavailable on any other projector but it still remains incredibly easy to use in the office or around the home.

    User Friendly

    This LED projector has one of the nicest interfaces we have seen on a projector which make it really easy to use right out of the box.  Additionally, there is no fiddling with the focus or the angle of projection as the PIQS TT has both Auto Focus and Auto Keystone which can be very useful if delivering a business presentation or watching a movie in a new location.

    The Butterfly TT PIQS projector also has a very unique laser remote control that's not available on any other projector and makes it quite unique. The laser remote control allows for an intuitive and familiar interface to scroll, swipe, and draw, making it a great interactive pointer / drawing tool for presentations of all kinds.

    Weighing in at only 570g the projector is extremely portable and with a 3 hour eco mode battery life you can take your versatile viewing experience anywhere, from the boardroom to the living room.

    Built in Apps / Streaming

    The Android OS on board means downloading apps is familiar and easy. The PIQS TT even has an in-built PIQS Draw app that uses the remote's features to provide a free user-friendly business presentation tool.

    Downloading streaming apps like Netflix or You Tube is just as simple, making this LED pico projector a versatile choice for all of your TV on the go. The tiny projector supports HD and will deliver 400 ANSI lumens of brightness (2400 marketing lumens) to watch all your favourite shows or present in excellent clarity.

    Watching movies or presenting on the move is also made simple with wireless mirroring supported for both Android and Apple devices.

    Augmented Reality: A mini projector 1st

    With the built-in AR app the PIQS TT uses projection mapping software to scan your hand and project all kinds of designs onto your skin. This could be great fun for tattooists, artists or any budding designers, not to mention something to wow the kids with!

    Overall, the PIQS TT wifi projector has many of the features you could want on a projector at a great price plus a few unique features not available on any other model such as Auto Focus, Auto Keystone, laser mouse remote control and augmented reality. Whilst the PIQS TT projector may not have short throw or a super powerful battery it does tick most of the other feature boxes such as a battery, good connectivity and an easy to use interface with apps you can download much the same as you would on your mobile. All in all a great little projector for business or leisure.

    Find out more here: http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/butterfly-piqs-tt.html

  • Table-top Interactive Projection: Sony Experia Touch

    The Sony Experia Touch interactive projector has been around a while now but with it's latest android upgrade it's potential as a hugely versatile ultra short throw projector has started to become more widely noticed.

    Being able to turn any flat surface into an interactive android screen may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the future is now and Sony want to dive right into Minority Report. With both voice and gesture control multiple people can interact with the screen, ideal for collaborative work and play.

    The most impressive feature is the ultra short throw capabilities of the Experia Touch: it is capable of projecting images diagonally up to 80 inches while sitting at a distance of around 38 centimetres from the surface it’s projecting on.


    Running off Android 7.1.1 means you can do almost everything you can do on a tablet and still retain some portability with a 1.5 hour battery life. Features like Miracast and on-board apps all combine to deliver a familiar and surprisingly responsive user interface, perfect for quick set up and public use.


    There is one main drawback to using this futuristic ultra short throw projector, with only 100 lumens of brightness on offer it cannot handle daylight or a lit room, which seems odd for a projector that costs over £1,500.00. Lumens can be tricky to understand, especially when buying online, so we suggest you read our guide to brightness before you next look at projector specifications.

    Even for the steep price tag you will have to settle for 720p and a contrast ratio of 4000-1, not full 1080p HD, so if you wanted the rich visuals of a true home cinema projector you should look at our short throw home cinema buyers guide here.

    There is no doubt the Xperia heralds a new age in projections, the possibilities for shops, bars and exhibitions is immense. We definitely will be seeing a lot more of this interactive projection technology in the future and we can't wait!

  • Flying Cars, Gardens in the Glove Box and the Future of Driving Technology: The Geneva Motor Show

    The Geneva Motor Show is the ultimate fusion of motoring and gadgets, so it's no surprise that the show seems to grow every year. This year was no different, so we hit the show floor in Geneva to get a first glimpse at the cars of the future! Read on for some of the highlights of the show.

    Airbus' Flying Drone Car

    In a concept car that was presumably inspired by Wacky races, this tiny Airbus concept car is an electric two-seater that comes with a detachable, autonomous drone that can pick the car up and take it to the skies!


    Wing Cameras

    A high-tech, aerodynamic alternative to wing mirrors, this Mercedes instead offers cameras that hook up to a screen on the inside. The Car doesn't look too bad either!


    Tending the Car-den

    The big trend at the moment among car manufacturers is self-driving cars. As cars will have eyes on the road for us in future, then car interiors will become more spacious, luxurious and living room-like. This model, the Rinspeed Oasis takes that to the extreme, and even comes with houseplants. More useful is the onboard touchscreen, touch sensitive projection HUD and voice and gesture control. No word on whether it waters the plants for you though!

    5. As for an even crazier concept car, Rinspeed showed off its Oasis car at CES. The vehicle has an actual garden, complete with Bonsai trees and radishes.

    The 21st Century Camper Van

    Yes, Volkswagen are re-imagining the iconic Camper and bringing it into the 21st Century! This electric-powered model has lidar, radar, cameras and all sorts of sensors making it fully self-driving. It also comes with a detachable tablet that you can take and use independently of the car. Perhaps most impressively, it can supposedly do 270mph on a single charge, meaning you can kit it out with a projector and take it out into the wilderness for a drive-in cinema without worrying about running out of juice.

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    Renault Raise the Roof

    ...and we mean that literally! This gorgeous concept car, the Trezor, stole the show at GMS 2017, with its eye-popping design being made up of only two separate pieces of metal, separated by one seam. That means there aren't any doors - instead, the entire top half of the car opens like a clamshell! How practical that will be remains to be seen, but the Trezor promises 350bhp from its electric motor, as well as full self-driving capabilities. Renault hope to release it commercially in 2020, so you could be seeing them appearing on drives in the not too distant future!


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