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  • Experience The New Breed Of Portable Speaker Projectors

    Enjoy amazing sound quality when watching movies or listening to music with the new breed of portable speaker projectors! With projectors rapidly progressing in the visual department they have now started improving on the sound with high quality speakers being introduced into their models.

    The key differentiator with these new portable projectors is that they are much more capable of handling bass. This is really evident as soon as you pick up the projector, they feel really solid but not ultimately weighty so that they are still ultra portable.

    Prices for these projectors start at £199.

    Here are some of the latest releases of Speaker Projectors from Acer, Pico Genie and Vivitek.

    Android Portable Speaker Projectors

    Don't think just because it has Android on board that it won't connect to Apple devices. These projectors feature a screen mirroring function allowing you to connect to various devices such as IOS and Android Phones. Android on board gives the ability to use the projector like a computer which you can download apps directly to the projector.

    Pico Genie Periscope/PLUS Projector – From £199

    A portable speaker projector combining great sound with 3 Watts Deep Bass Stereo Speakers and stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing. Use the periscope as a power bank to charge  your other devices.

    Pico Genie Periscope Portable Speaker Projector

    Wireless Portable Speaker Projectors

    Qumi Z1H & Qumi Z1V Projector – From £424

    The Qumi Z1 series offers a great image combined with two powerful speakers of 5W and a long lasting battery in an all-in-one, compact-sized unit which can be used as a power bank to charge your other devices.

    Project a screen size of up to 102” and display your favourite apps directly to the Qumi Z1H either using WiFi, Screen Mirroring, USB-C, HDMI or preload your content on the 8Gb on-board storage.

    Switch between the audio player and the projector with a simple press of a button.

    Differences between the Z1H/Z1V

    Z1H Z1V
    300 Lumens 250 Lumens
    HD 720p 480p
    WiFi and Screen Mirroring on-board NO WiFi or Screen Mirroring Function
    USB-C Connectivity Option NO USB-C Connectivity Option
    £490 £423.60

     

    Qumi Z1H Portable Speaker Projector

    Acer B130i Portable Projector - £453.58

    Fill a room with sound, fun and colourful images with the B130i mini-cube projector and what you hear will be just as good as what you see with the powerful 3 watt stereo built-in speakers.

    Enjoy full-length feature films without recharging with up to 5 hours of renewable battery life. This device doubles up as a power bank so you can charge your smart devices on the go.

    Acer b130i Portable Speaker Projector

    If you are looking for a projector that packs a stronger sound, The Vivitek Qumi Z1 Series is the best option with its powerful 2x5 watt speakers. if you want something that is more affordable and still has great sound quality the Pico Genie Periscope is a great option.

  • FujiFilm Z5000 at Porto Legends - The Underground Experience

    Visitor attractions have long benefited from impressive projections like the ones you see below in the Portuguse catacoombs. What made this particular installation interesting was its use of the new FujiFilm Z5000 Projector with its flexible rotating lens and impressive lens shifts which resulted in large savings in terms of time to install and the cost of installation.

    For example, the flexibility of the Fuji Z5000 lens meant instead of 100 standard projectors they required only 35 Fuji projectors plus 10 standard projectors. The Fuji projector adapts extremely well in any space with its unique twistable lens arrangement. Coupled with its market leading horizontal and vertical lens shift it means its also cheaper and easier to install.

    In addition, the Z5000s projection mapping feature helps project more easily onto curved and difficult surfaces. As the video below demonstrates, the Fuji projector’s built in edge blending software creates impressive large moving visuals covering the large areas of the catacombs.

    Moreover, projector positioning is much simpler with the Fuji’s unique twistable lens and wide range of lens shift options ensuring the projector itself could be positioned out of the way of the audience while still creating magnificent results at the visitor attraction.

    Check out the video below.

  • Leeds Light Night Guide 2019: Top Places to Visit and Suggest Route Plans

    The Leeds Light Festival 2019 is in its 15th year and its one of the most impressive light festivals in the world with 80,000 visitors. Here's what you can expect to see and ideas of where to go or plan your journey.

    Getting to Leeds Light Festival

    For a full list of transport options car parks click here

    If you are coming from the south or via M1 the Tetley car park is a good place to park since it means you don't have to go through all the traffic in Leeds Centre and everything is a short walk from there.

    Plan: Where to go at the Leeds Light Night: Top things to see

    If you're visiting the Light Night for the first time and want to know the best places to go here is a good route to follow to ensure you see the big attractions.

    The best exhibits will be centred around these areas so a good route might be to start at by a walk up the main street of Briggate and into the Victoria Quarter / Arcade Zone, then down The Headrow (Town Hall & Leeds Library for some warmth) and onto Millenium Square,  followed by City Square / Station Zone (projections onto the Queens Hotel) and across to Trinity Shopping centre followed before getting back to the bottom of Briggate.

    There will be timed shows as well as projections and art going on the whole time in all these areas along with market stalls and an array of street artists and performers. See below for the full list of events/shows. You can just walk around and see lots of different things going on almost everywhere you go on the route above.

    You can also take a free water taxi from Leeds Station (near the Hilton Hotel) to Leeds Dock (see the map for more info) and there are plenty of other venues from the First Direct Arena projecting special lights onto its roof to the Playhouse, Opera North to name a few. See the MAP below for the full list.

    Not to Be Missed at Leeds Light Night 2019

    The Flying Violinist

    Where / When: Trinity Shopping Centre 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8:30pm and 9.30pm

    31. The Flying Violinist - Cirque Bijou (UK)

    The Vision (Ocubo Portugal)

    Projecting constantly onto the Queens Hotel next to the Train Station.

    37. The Vision - Ocubo (Portugal)

    Fire n Light Yorkshire Circus 

    When: 7.30; 8.45; 10.00

    56. Fire ‘n’ Light - Yorkshire Circus Collective (UK)

    In 2018 we saw everything from carnavals to tightrope walkers to individual artists riding on bikes with pico projectors projecting all around them onto the floors as they moved around.

    Its an extravaganza of light thats well worth visiting for all the family.

    The Complete list of events at Leeds Light Night 2019

    Thurs 10th Oct 2019

    Fri 10th Oct 2019

    The Leeds Light Night App / Paper Guide

    New this year in 2019 £1.99. Currently the app, although it helps contribute to event funding, its a little light on information and we found the website has a lot more useful information on it. However, to help keep the event free its well worth buying the paper guide book for Leeds Light night which has a lot of good info inside.

    You can also download the Leeds Light Night 2019 MAP of events here.

    Leeds Light Festival Map 2019

  • The New Qumi Z1H and Z1V Speaker Projector

    Welcome to the new breed of high quality speaker projectors, the Qumi Z1H Party Projector.

    While on the go, enjoy Great Sound Quality and Home Cinema Projection combined into one portable device!

    Qumi Z1H can project a screen size of up to 102'' at 300 lumen of brightness with HD720p resolution. Enables apps display or online streaming directly via WiFi to the projector, preload content on the 8Gb on-board storage, or directly mirror the content from mobile devices, or from the USB-C Display with compatible Android phones.

    Watch the Qumi Z1H Video Here:

    Qumi Z1H Video

    The Qumi Z1 series offers a great image combined with two powerful speakers of 5W and a long lasting battery in an all-in-one, compact-sized unit. As it only weighs 660g, it is easy to take the Qumi projector to any event where an entertainment centre piece is needed.

    Features
    - Embedded battery last up to two hours autonomy with videos and six hours in speaker­mode
    - 2x5W Bluetooth speakers
    - PC ­Free multimedia reader via USB
    - LED lightsource lasts up to 30,000 hours

    Vivitek Qumi Z1 Series Overview: Whats the difference between the Z1H and Z1V?

    Qumi Z1 Series

  • Halloween Ideas: Stand out this Halloween with the 5-in-1 Pico Genie Periscope Projector

    There are thousands of projectors out there to choose from these days that could spruce up your Halloween or other events but which one will offer good value and not just get chucked in a draw after first use and what content could you put on it various events?

    Ivest in the 5 in 1 Pico Genie Periscope Projector and use it all year round for all kinds of events from Halloween to New Year or any kind of party / holiday.

    Halloween Projector - Pico Genie Periscope

    The Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector stands out for parties since its really portable but has amazing speakers but its so easy to just switch the projector from wall to ceiling with its rotating lens.

    Here are 5 events with just one projector that are ideal for use with the Periscope to ensure you get your money's worth!

    Halloween –Have the house that really stands out in the neighbourhood this Halloween. Create holograms of ghosts, ghouls, goblins and project them on to windows, doorway or walls, to give your house a spooky look. To create these holographic images all you need is a dark room and some opaque sheeting (scrim, mosquito netting or material from your local fabric shop).

    See this idea being implemented on the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Ghost Walk by here 

    Halloween Projector Being Used

    Find a collection of Halloween visuals on YouTube for free here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmjxXhSd6rKQJ5JkNvHjXiskOXCP_a0zD

    Bonfire Night – Make bonfire night even more exciting for you and the young ones by projecting videos of indoor or outdoor fireworks on to any wall or ceiling with the Periscope’s unique rotating lens.

    Find a collection of Firework visuals on YouTube for free here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=firework+visuals

    Christmas – Make Christmas even more special this year by sharing the millions of photos / video you took this year and projecting them on to the wall or ceiling of your home.  Take photos of the party and project them live onto the wall or simply project Happy Christmas Messages

    Christmas Projector FX

    New Year – Use the built-in speaker on the Pico Genie Periscope to liven up this New Year’s Party with music. Make the party even better by projecting fireworks, scrolling banners or images of special memories onto any surface.

    LED Banner Messages Apps

    Birthdays – Use the Periscope to project embarrassing photos of the birthday boy/girl or project a scrollable Happy Birthday banner while using the built-in speaker to play birthday music.

    With the Pico Genie Periscope you can use the projector throughout the year for many other things such as:

    • Travelling or camping – Keep yourself entertained on your adventures and use the Periscope to project movies or videos anywhere.
    • Gaming on-the-go – Use the Periscope Plus to project your favourite games on to the wall with HDMI using any gaming console.
    • Home Cinema – Enjoy the perfect movie night on the big screen, use the periscope to project movies and programs. With built-in android you can stream Netflix, YouTube and more directly from the projector.

    Gaming Projector

    Travel Projector

  • How to Project Slideshows or Digital Signage at an Event

    In one of our previous blogs we mentioned that we attended the Woolley Beer Festival where we used the Pico Genie M550 Plus and digital signage software to show off all the sponsors messages, event images and more. (Click here to see the blog).

    In this blog we will be helping you set up your Android projector to create a presentation remotely via a digital signage application. We'll also look at how to do this without wi-fi in case you are in the middle of nowhere like we were.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Digital Signage Player Software is essentially a media player which can be controlled through an editor and allows you to add images, videos,  powerpoints, live feeds, change the screen layout and more. You can see this software used on many screens places such as bars, hotels, restaurants and airports.

    You can also add content while you are at the event and take photos of the event like we did here with the band playing and then project it onto the tent walls. So we had our basic sponsor messages and then we added live info such as photos and other content throughout the show.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After looking at many options for digital signage software we found a great solution called onsign.tv that works well with the Pico Genie M550 Plus  although it should work on most Android projectors.  It also has a 14 day free trial account!

    Best Digital Signage App for Android projectors

    You can download the Onsign app which acts a receiver of the content you have created on your laptop. The content is streamed from the onsign website to the projector so you can remotely display whatever you desire on the projector. You can also try Screen Cloud app.

    Image result for onsign tv

    If are projecting at an event and you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or a computer to access onsign.tv, there are workarounds that allow you to still be able to display your messages on a large projector screen.

    Creating Digital Signage or Slideshows if if there is no wifi

    A very simple solution to this is to use an SD card, USB or directly connect a mobile device or laptop to the projector (by wire or direct wireless connection for Android or Apple). Then goto the Gallery option which is already installed on the projector. To do this you can follow these steps:

    • If using powerpoint save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Click on the album, click the 3 buttons in the top right corner and click slideshow.

    Using this method is very simple and effective however you cannot change how long the images are shown.

    Changing the slide show timings

    A better solution which allows you to have more control is to use an app called Random Slideshow (please don’t be discouraged by the name, you can set it so the images are sequential instead of random).  To do this you can follow these steps:

    • Download the app Random Slideshow.
    • Save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Go into the Random Slideshow App, select the album you want to use "with this app you are also able to use multiple albums from different sources such as USB, SD or the projectors own internal memory and have it go through them all"
    • Scroll further down before clicking start slideshow to change the time length of each image and to turn the randomising off

    Live Feeds from Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)

    One great option you can use at a party or any event is social media pages. Simply access a browser such as Chrome on the projector and logon to your twitter page. This then displays all tweets displayed so if you ask everyone at the show via the projector to use your # or @ then you can see a live feed of everyone's comments, feedback and photos as the show rolls on. It can be a really powerful tool.

  • Need A Projector/Screen For Your Home Cinema?

    Have you ever dreamed of having your own home cinema? Well now you can, choose from a range of Projector Screens and Projectors and begin binge watching your favourite box sets and movies. Enjoy the big screen experience from the comfort of your home.

    To take your home cinema to the next level, it’s worth looking into getting a screen to project on to. This will stop the imperfections from a wall showing through the image and create an overall better experience.

    Here are some good examples of projector screens for your home cinema.

    The Ambient Light Reduction Fixed Frame Screen - a perfect solution for bright and naturally lit environments. This 100" Diagonal Screen provides a colourful and more vibrant image to enhance your viewing experience with a projector.

    NOW ONLY £929

    ALR Fixed Frame Screen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Manual Professional 280 x 210cm Screen – A high quality and robust manual screen which can be used with any projector system.

    NOW ONLY £248

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    80" Ultra Lightweight Tripod Screen - A high-contrast screen specially optimised for ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors and is a perfect solution for ambient and natural light conditions.

    Also options available in electric here

    Only £107.99

    Tripod Screen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    See more of our Screen Range Here

    Examples of popular projectors with screens bundled as a packaged system for home cinema.

    BenQ W1600UST Projector – Enjoy a pure 1080p HD cinema experience right in your living room with 3300 Ansi lumens. This Ultra short throw projector (UST) can project a huge screen only inches away from the wall.

    NOW ONLY £1,199.99

    BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw Projector

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUNDLE With The BenQ W1600UST Projector And The Ambient Light Reduction Screen

    Get a incredibly bright projector with an ambient light reduction screen for a great price.

    BenQ W1600UST And Ambient Light Fixed Frame Screen Bundle

    Acer P1350W Projector – An affordable but yet high performance projector, Enjoy an impressive image with 3,700 ansi lumens and great sound with 10 watt speakers.

    NOW ONLY £445

    Acer P1350W

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Acer H6810 Projector – Experience an Ultra HD 4K Image from a great price with 3500 ansi lumens and get the authentic cinema feeling with the projector's Silent Mode, designed to offer a more immersive experience as you sink into the rich high contrast displays.

    NOW ONLY £1,038.00

    Acer H6810

     

     

     

     

     

    See more of our Home Cinema Projector Range Here

  • Maximise Your Event! Project Anywhere

    Recently we attended the Woolley Beer Festival and we brought along the Pico Genie M550 Plus with us as it is ultra portable and lightweight, has android built in with IOS Screen mirroring and has USB and SD card slots for easy transfer of photos from cameras and laptops.

    Its also got a decent enough brightness of 650 ansi lumens and many more features such as android and internet onboard which worked well at this type of festival event in a remote location and with the event being in the middle of the field it really shows that you can project anywhere you want.Pico Genie M550 Plus Being used at a festival

    If you do not have access to power, do not worry, the projector has a powerful in built battery and with it being installation free you can virtually place the projector wherever you want!

    As you can see from the images above we used a tripod to project our images on to the wall and ceiling of the marquee. However you can also mount the projector on to the frame of the marquee and have it out of the way and because of the battery you would not have to worry about cables hanging everywhere.

    A gorrilla mount with a standard tripod thread would do the job and tha battery will last 2 to 3 hours. Having said that its always better to power it where you can as its slightly brighter when its on mains rather than eco mode but this can be changed.

    We projected screen sizes of up to 1.5 metres diagonal at this even but it could go as large as 3m wide or a 200" image (at night).

    While at the event a wide range of people could connect to the projector for example...

    • The event photographer was able to use their SD Card and move the images onto the projectors hard drive using an app called “File Manager”. This allowed him to showcase the images on the projector and continue to use his SD Card.
    • The Sponsors were able to put their messages through a PowerPoint onto the built-in memory of the projector using a USB.
    • The Producers could have even used a live twitter feed for others that attended the event to share content of the event which was then projected as well as getting more content online at the same time

    There are many connectivity options for the Pico Genie M550 Plus such as VGA, HDMI, SD, USB and Wireless Mirroring for IOS and Android.

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus really is a great all- rounder projector to use for events, festivals and more.

  • Gift Ideas: The best projectors to buy as a gift

    Looking for a unique and unusual gift to give someone? Then why not get that special someone a projector (perfect for home cinema, connecting your mobile device on a bigger screen, using at university or taking away on holiday). Whether its for a birthday, mothers/father’s day or Christmas, its a great gift for the man or woman who has everything.

    Enhance their viewing experience and get them one gadget that covers movies, gaming, streaming, sports, travelling and more…

    Projectors perfect for TV/Sports

    BenQ W1090 - Designed with big screen sports in mind this DLP projector is the ideal projector to bring the stadium experience crashing through the screen and into your living room.

    ONLY £640

    BenQ W1090 HD 1080p Home Cinema Projector (2000 Ansi Lumens)

    Vivitek Qumi Q8 - Take your TV Projector with you, a stunning all-round projector that gives crisp, clear Full HD images up to 120 inches in size, right from the palm of your hand!

    ONLY £898

    Vivitek Qumi Q8

    Projectors perfect for gaming

    Acer Predator Z650 - Capable of projecting a Full HD, 100-inch image just 1.5m from the projection surface, project the same crystal clear image no matter where you are or what you're playing.

    ONLY £901

    Acer Predator Z650, Full HD 3D Short Throw Gaming Projector, 2,200 Lumens

    Acer P1650 Projector - Enjoy stunning 1080p Full HD visuals, at 3500 ansi lumens of brightness and amazing sound with 10w speakers built in. Enjoy super smooth motion and quick response times due to its special non lag frame rate technology.

    ONLY £532

    Acer P1650w

    Projectors perfect for travelling  

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus Speaker Projector – An ultra portable projector with amazing sound quality and stunning images, enjoy wall or ceiling viewing with a rotating lens.

    ONLY £215

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 – Capable of Full HD 1080p Resolution, experience 600 ansi lumens from the palm of your hand.

    ONLY £510

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

  • Party Ideas: The Best Projectors For Parties/Gatherings

    Got any parties or gatherings coming up and looking for a portable speaker? Why not get one with a projector built in!  Why not change things up and introduce an ultra portable projector with built-in speakers to the mix. Live stream from any phone, tablet or laptop and share your photos/videos on the wall or ceiling.

    With Built in android you can stream apps such as Netflix and YouTube directly from the projector, creating a new experience for you and your guests.

    Ultra Portable Projectors

    Choose from a range of ultra portable speaker projectors, which are perfect for parties or gatherings, from prices starting at only £199.99!

    The Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector - A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images. Rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.

    Pico Genie Periscope Speaker Projector

     

    The Vivitek Qumi Q38 Ultra Portable Projector – Deliver a Full HD 1080p (600 ansi Lumens) Experience from the palm of your hand.

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

     

     

     

     

     

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector - This projector has a wide number of connectivity options and is a bright ultra portable shorter throw projector.

    Voted Best Portable Projector 2018 and 2019 (TechAdvisor)

    Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector

     

     

     

     

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