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  • 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

    Projector screen

     

     

     

     

     

    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

  • Take Your Art To The Next Level

    Inspiring artists around the world!

    Set your inner artist free with a battery-operated projector in a size to go anywhere.  Artists need never be without their art portfolio or client demos with the inbuilt Android operating systems inside.

    This Article will tell you how you can use a portable projector to create fantastic works of art. If you fancy giving this a go yourself you can see our full range of portable projectors here.

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    The photo on the above left is an example of the kind of accurate drawing layout you can create when projecting a photograph. With a portable projector at your side you can paint or draw directly over the image, trace lines with ease and create your masterpiece. The beauty of the projector being portable is that you can take your art with you anywhere, great for getting the ambience just right.

    Pocket projectors like the Pico Genie M550 Plus have great connectivity such as wireless screen mirroring which allows you to project what you are seeing on your device directly to the projector. Have a great photo that you would like to recreate on your phone? No problems, simply connect your device to the projector and away you go. Of course the portable projectors also come with USB-in and SD card slots too for greater accessibility.

    Another great feature of current portable projectors such as the Pico Genie Polar, Periscope and the Qumi Q38 is that they have Android operating systems built in so that you can store all of your images directly to the device itself, keeping all of your artwork in one place. You can also use the Android OS to download various editing apps allowing you to edit your artwork directly on the projector itself!

    Projectors have changed a lot over the years, portable projectors are now smaller and more powerful than ever, take the Pico Genie M550 Plus as an example, it is one of the most powerful portable projectors with an inbuilt battery boasting 650 Ansi lumens of brightness. A perfect choice for creating art in bright areas such as a conservatory.

    The potentially applications and benefits of using a portable projector as a way to create art is endless. From using to trace, draw or paint directly over projected images you can use the projector to take your artwork to the next level. Grab a portable projector and start creating your own masterpiece, you can find our full range here.

  • Projectors For Travelling And Camping / Caravans

    It’s always a good idea to have some sort of entertainment with you when on holiday whether its a portable speaker or something to watch movies on.

    Thankfully now you can have both in one device. They are robust, lightweight yet still powerful. Choose from a range of ultra portable projectors and accessories to liven up your stay!

     

    With Android built into your projector you can watch movies and more, directly from your projector all while on the go!

    With in-built batteries Ultra portable projectors are perfect for camping allowing you to watch a movie wire free while enjoying the outdoors.

     

    Wirelessly connect any phone or tablet to your projector using screen mirroring and enjoy scrolling through social media, watching movies and more from a bigger screen.

     

    Here are some of great options for holidays whether its in a villa, hotel or tent/caravan in the middle of a field you will be good to go:

     

    Pico Genie M550 Plus– This projector is perfect for anyone on-the-go, not only is it powerful and robust, you can use it as a power bank to charge phones and other devices. With a shorter throw projection you dont need a large space to project in as it can create a larger image closer to the wall.

    Pico Genie M550 Plus Projector

     

     

     

     

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 – Enjoy travelling knowing your projector will be safe, The Qumi Q38 features a lens cover to stop anything damaging it while you’re carrying it around. Project a Full HD 1080p Resolution Image from the palm of your hand.

    Vivitek Qumi Q38 Projector

     

     

     

     

    Pico Genie Periscope – A new breed of hybrid projector, combining great sound with stunning images, this projector allows you to switch from wall viewing to ceiling viewing with just one twist of the lens.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vivitek Portable Battery Back Up - Enjoy even longer lasting projection without the mess. Use for various devices such as your projector, phone, tablet and more.

    vivitek qumi battery for projectors

  • 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

     

     

     

     

  • New Reliable Travel Projector with Great features and Accessibility!

    Pico Genie Polar LED Portable Projector

    The new Pico Genie Polar is a great value for money high end rugged portable projector with extensive connectivity and an easy to use interface which puts the Pico Genie Polar projector at the forefront of the top projectors for 2019.  It has every feature you could ever need in a portable projector for almost any application and is from a trusted British brand of pico projectors.

    Its interface is easy to use and it has a very appealing design with a hard wearing metal shell making it the perfect travel companion for long journeys.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said “We understand that when people purchase a projector it’s hard to differentiate between all the products out there so the team have focused on a good image that can be seen without drawing the curtains, without compromising the great build quality”.

    Pico Genie Polar

    Whilst the Polar comes in at the mid tier price range, the abundance of features, specs and the high quality design make it great value for money.

    The Polar also comes with a solid metal lens cap which not only enhances the look but also gives you confidence your lens is well protected.

    The Polar projector is expected to be a popular draw for people looking for projecting on the go. With its Android operating system built-in, the projector transforms into a mini PC which can be controlled by a separate wireless keyboard and easily connected to IOS or Windows too.

    Download apps, watch TV or streaming services such as Netflix and even play games, essentially turning your projector into its own multimedia system. Great for storing all of your content and files in one place, with the Polar you can take your favourite TV series with you anywhere. For the more business minded its also a great solution for presentations.

    You won’t be disappointed with image quality with this LED projector boasting 500 ansi lumens and 720p native HD resolution with DLP meaning you won’t buy it and find you can’t see it on the wall.

    Pico Genie Polar

    If you cannot be without your mobile phone or tablet then the Polar is a great choice for you with its social networking options. The Polar allows you to connect wirelessly to your mobile device (laptop, tablet or phone) for screen mirroring. Want to display that embarrassing photo you took of your friend at 100”? No problem!

    The versatility of the Polar’s connections doesn’t stop there, with USB-in, HDMI-in, Mini VGA/AV, x2 USB slots, 3D and an SD card slot ready to receive your content.

    Overall the Pico Genie Polar is a great all round solid projector that’s fit for any application at a great price and is sure to be one of the best projectors of 2019.

    See the Polar in action below!

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  • New All In One Innovative Portable Speaker with Built-In Projector!

    New Innovative product works as a portable speaker and projector all in one device!

    Pico Genie Periscope / Periscope Plus LED Ultra Portable Speaker Projector

    A new breed of hybrid projector combines great sound with stunning images in a tiny handheld cylinder that can rotate with one twist of the lens for easy wall or ceiling viewing.

    The technical team at Pico Genie said, “we wanted to launch a new kind of portable speaker that didn’t compromise on the quality of design, projection or sound. Too often with hybrid devices you can end up with the worst of both worlds instead of the best of both worlds.”

    Pico Genie Periscope

    From the look and feel of the Pico Genie Periscope range you can tell straight away no compromise has been made on the design and build. It looks and feels amazing. It has a very solid sturdy feel to it like a high quality Bose portable speaker and it doesn’t disappoint on the visuals either. It even offers connection to external speakers for extra confidence.

    The Periscope product is expected to be very popular with those looking for good sound and visuals on-the-go, whether its business users needing to do a presentation or consumers wanting to watch TV on-the-go with good sound, as well those looking to relax and project content onto the ceiling (in the bedroom or for parties/events and more) with its simple unique rotating lens.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Whilst its not the cheapest projector on the market, it does offer amazing value when you consider you are getting both a high quality speaker and projector in one tiny device. Its not the type of projector you buy only to find out that you cant see or hear it and end up having to return it which sadly is a common problem in the pico industry.

    There are two versions of the Pico Genie Periscope projector. The silver version, is the standard wireless model with Android 5.1 and full wireless mirroring, whilst the black PLUS version includes an HDMI port as well as Android 6.0.

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus

    Its suitable for viewing a wide array of content including films, TV, games and documents either through its own internal storage or via wireless and wired connection (Plus version).

    You can use the Android OS to download various Apps such as Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime perfect for catching up on your favourite shows when out and about. Alternatively use it like a PC and download apps like PowerPoint, Word, Excel etc for business presentations.

    If you can’t get enough of your mobile phone or tablet then the Pico Genie Periscope will be your ideal companion, allowing you to wirelessly connect to phones, laptops and tablets and project your screen up to 100”. Great for super scrolling through your social feeds or for a larger than life video call. The Periscope has great connectivity including USB-in and SD card slots and the new Periscope Plus model comes with HDMI-in (far more useful than the recent trend of HDMI-out) for even greater versatility.

    Overall the Pico Genie Periscope / Plus is a solid high-performance portable speaker-projector hybrid product at an affordable price which looks and feels amazing.

    Watch it in action in the video below!

  • 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, see our full 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 Pico Genie and Qumi ranges. Other projectors don't have this functionality, however a variety of dongles can be purchased to enable this feature.

     Wireless M550

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

    On either Android or iPhone you can download free Apps like Mira Cast and connect your smart device to the projector directly. Note: You will need to have the projector and your mobile device connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order for this to work.

    With your mobile device screen mirrored to your projector you can pretty much access everything from email, videos, the web, PowerPoint, music and much more. A great way to play your favourite mobile games full screen or for easy scrolling of your social medias.

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    What are the alternatives if my projector doesn't have built-in wireless?

    If your projector doesn't have wirelessly functionality built in, don't worry. You still have options to share your smart device wirelessly. There are 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 via USB or HDMI ports. This will allow your smart device to connect straight to the projector wirelessly. Using a wireless dongle is a great way for you to add wireless mirroring features to your current projector.

    Not all of the available dongles will work in the dame way. Some will come with both a transmitter and receiver and will need to be set up accordingly while others will need to connect to your Wi-Fi and transmit via your internet connection. Before purchasing a dongle it is best to check what devices you want to use it with, you can see our full range of wireless dongles here.

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