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Wireless Projection

A selection of blogs helping you share your smart device screen with a projector. Whether it's Apple/Android/Laptops/Tablets/Smartphones or iPod's, our blogs will help you with everything!

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Vivitek Novo Enterprise Review

    Effortless Big Screen Sharing, Annotating, Collaborating

    The Vivitek NovoEnterprise is a wireless collaboration solution designed for use with up to 64 participants at once, with 4 on screen sources being viewed at any one time.

    With NovoEnterprise, anyone in a boardroom, hall or classroom that’s using the system can connect to a projector or screen and instantly share content and collaborate to the big screen wirelessly and without having to rely on the local network. NovoEnterprise enables participants to connect from tablets, phones or laptops using WiFi.

    As NovoEnterprise is a wireless presentation system designed and based on the principle of BYOD, anyone can connect and share content using the Windows, Mac, Android, iOS or Chromebook device of their choice.

    With Onscreen voting participation has never been easier. Voting and Air note for onscreen drawing and annotation combine to deliver a rich collaboration and presentation  experience that can be shared easily and safely with a large number of participants.

    Security

    In this interconnected world security should be on the mind of any large business that caters for guest or clients. The NovoEnterprise and its launcher buttons allow guests to easily connect to your sharing network, driver free, allowing a safer and more manageable access point than your normal wifi network.

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    Emails, texts and instant messaging are useful for sharing your work and ideas but instant screen sharing could dramatically reduce the time spent sending emails back and forth.

    NovoEnterprise is also supplied with free software upgrades and as there’s no license fee, it makes large scale implementations possible with no hidden costs.

    Conclusion

    Large businesses, universities and any corporate environment with collaboration, education or efficiency in mind should consider the  NovoEnterprise as a secure and simple way to share their work.

  • Android projectors: The smart solution from the living room to the conference room

    At home and at work we limit ourselves to the small screen yet its true that size is everything. We want our devices to be as small as possible but our images as large as possible so what’s the solution to capture all that content in one box?

    TVs, laptops and computers with set top boxes and dongles are stalwarts of modern life but they are big and bulky and limited to 60 inch images and phones and tablets are limited to 8 – 13 inch screens. There is however a better way to view your content and your work in a one-box big-screen solution that fits in your bag and offers an enormous 120” (3 metre diagonal) HD image. Meet the Android-powered Pico Genie M550 Plus.

    Having an Android OS onboard means the projector can utilise apps to edit your documents, browse the web and more, all easily achieved with its wireless keyboard/mouse. This computing power allows the M550 to download Play Store apps without an external piece of hardware, offering access to a vast network of subscription services, business apps and gaming features all in one box.

    Apple users, do not despair, you can still use the powerful Pico Genie for Wireless mirroring too, projecting all your IOS devices at HD quality up to 2 metres wide.

    So how does the Pico Genie M550 Plus compare to a traditional TV plus set top box and how can it work for your business/home?

    TV versus Projector: Portability and Usability

    Weighing in at a tiny 895g the projector and projecting at 120 inches the projector clearly wins the portability round, and with no extra boxes required to stream content and an internal 3 hour battery you can take your viewing experience anywhere. Movie night doesn’t have to be an indoor event after all.

    With its wireless compatibility, small size and android functionality you won’t even be chained to a separate device or conference room, project anywhere, even in daylight thanks to a brightness of 650 lumens.

    Usability is also great on the Pico Genie M550 Plus with a supplied high quality portable keyboard/mouse for typing in all that content or wifi network codes. It also comes with a radio remote control for standard use.

    Home TV/Web Content

    Skygo can be played back via the VGA port if connected to a laptop which is quite unique for a portable device.

    The Google Play Store offers apps for subscription services like Netflix, NowTV and PrimeVideo without another box or dongle in sight. Some smart TVs include a selection of these apps of course but often don’t have a Google Play app store.

    You still can’t get the big screen experience in one portable unit from a smart TV.

    Unlike some TVs, Showreel and Kodi can be downloaded directly onto the projector proving a more cinematic big screen experience than the average TV.

    Business content: Easy Big Screen Sharing in Meetings

    For businesses the full might of the Google Play store can be accessed via the M550 Plus, downloading apps like Salesforce to view your objectives and targets in big screen clarity, ideal for teamwork and project management.

    Large conferences are made easier with an android projector, scrap the bulky monitors/TV’s and you could get a 2 metre wide HD projection for easier, more user friendly meetings.

    Remote desktops, presentations, and time management apps are all catered for within the Google Play Store, ready to be downloaded onto the projector’s 3GB internal memory and available to use whenever and wherever you require.

    The verdict

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus is the smarter choice with limitless portability and the big screen in a small package. The android operating system and extensive connectivity all combine for a one box solution that can take you from movie night to Monday meetings.

    Spec in Brief: Pico Genie M550 Plus

    - Built in Android OS/Play store so you can download your favourite Apps directly to your projector

    - 650 lumens LED HD on battery or mains power

    - Short throw gives you an 80" image just 2m from your wall or screen

    - Wireless keyboard for easy use

    - Wireless mirroring to smartphones/tablets via DLNA/Miracast

    - Wireless connection to Laptops/MacBooks via DLNA (share images and videos)

    - Up to 3 hours battery life at 650 lumens (13500mAh/3.7V)

    - Radio controlled remote

    - Auto Keystone correction +/- 40 degrees

    - Powerbank- charge your iPhone/Android device via the projector

    - HDMI Powered (for dongle power such as Chromecast negates need to plug into 2nd power supply)

    - FULL SPEC visit www.picogenie.com or click here for the pdf

  • Clearance Sale: Vivitek Qumi Q6 Gold £399 ex vat

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    Vivitek have just revolutionised the pocket projector space, the new Qumi Q6 is the world’s smallest projector with 800 ANSI lumens of brightness and in-built Wi-Fi. The incredibly small housing and multi-colour options mean this is the most unique projector to date. The Wi-Fi connection enables wireless content sharing from Android and iOS devices which makes the Qumi Q6 one of a kind in terms of connectivity. Vivitek also offer a huge 3 year manufacturer’s warranty. The biggest advantage of the Vivitek Qumi Q6 is its massively improved connectivity, the Q6 features built-in Wi-Fi for cable-free projection allowing it to deliver uncompressed HD digital content. Transmitted smoothly by using EZCast Pro application.

     

     

    The Vivitek Qumi Q6 comes in a variety of contemporary high-gloss colour’s which are just 16 x 10.24 x 3.4cm (LxWxH), making this a tiny solution for all your projection needs. Weighing just 475g the Q6 can slip in your bag and you won’t even notice you are carrying it. Similar to its siblings (Q4, Q5, Q7 Plus) the Qumi Q6 has an impressive LED lamp life of 30,000 hours meaning you can present for 8 hours a day for over 10 years, something standard lamp projectors cannot match.

    Perfect for business and professional use, the Q6 has built-in MS Office® and Adobe™ PDF document viewers so content can be presented directly from the unit, this can be via USB or its handy 2.5GB onboard storage. Along with its unrivalled connection options, the Q6 is compatible with Vivitek’s very own intuitive mobile remote control app (Android™/iOS), enabling convenient control of the projector’s functions and features. Additionally up to four devices can simultaneous display separate content (Selected materials only) onto one large side-by-side projection (4-to-1 split screen) (Requires EzCast Pro App).

  • Best Portable Cinema Setup to Watch the Lions Rugby 2017

    UPDATE: 4th December 2017

    The Philips Screeneo 2 (HDP2510) is out of stock across UK & Europe until 2018. If you would like to consider other alternatives to the Philips Screeneo 2.0 HDP2510 please see this article

    If you're planning on watching the Lions tour then why not get closer to the action with these two great portable home cinema setups that can be moved anywhere you like, even the garden.

    If you're looking for great sound, impressive visuals and an enormous size image with a simple setup then take a look at the Philips Screeneo 2 and the new Pico Genie M550 Plus with Android 4.4.4.

    This season the Lions matches are only broadcast on Sky Sports rather than terrestrial TV so you can use SkyGo anywhere or hookup to your skybox via HDMI. To find out more about the wired or wireless options see below and the best option to watch the Lions Tour on the big screen from June 3rd to 8th July.

    Great sound is important for the match too and so the built in 26w speakers of the Philips Screeneo 2 are as good as it gets and even rival a set of Bose Home cinema speakers so they really make you feel like you are actually at the game.

    Alternatively you can listen on the radio via talksport or connect the even more portable Pico Genie M550 Plus to external speakers via bluetooth to get great sound mixed with that huge screen.

     

     

     

     

     

    Connect your Tablet, Phone or Laptop to the Projector with SkyGo

    Wired Connections

    There are multiple options for connecting Sky or Skygo to the projector from your laptop including via HDMI (newer laptops), VGA (older laptops) and even AV (RCA red, white, yellow) connections. Ideally for the best image quality its best to connect via HDMI

    1. Login to www.skygo.com on your laptop
    2. Connect your laptop to the projector (HDMI, VGA, AV cables)
    3. Select the input source on the projector (some projectors do this automatically eg Pico Genie P100)
    4. Change the output mode on your laptop to output via HDMI (also automatic on some projectors)

    Tip: Connect to a surround sound system to enjoy TV and movies in true cinematic style. Connect directly from the projector with a 3.5mm AUX cable or connect via your laptop (wired or wirelessly).

    SkyGo Wireless options

    Unfortunately Sky have blocked wireless connectivity via portable devices such as DLNA, miracast and we’ve even heard Apple TV has problems with wireless connection in this way so the only real stable option is to connect via HDMI, VGA or AV.

    Matches

    Date Home team Away team Venue Details
    3 June New Zealand Provincial Barbarians vs British and Irish Lions Okara Park, Whangarei Match details
    7 June Blues vs British and Irish Lions Eden Park, Auckland Match details
    10 June Crusaders vs British and Irish Lions Rugby League Park, Christchurch Match details
    13 June Highlanders vs British and Irish Lions Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Match details
    17 June Māori All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua Match details
    20 June Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions Waikato Stadium, Hamilton Match details
    24 June New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions Eden Park, Auckland Match details
    27 June Hurricanes vs British and Irish Lions Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington Match details
    1 July New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington Match details
    8 July New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions Eden Park, Auckland Match details

     

  • New Full HD Portable Projector: Optoma EH330

    The new Optoma EH330 offers you a Full HD quality image in a tiny portable unit. Despite being small and light enough to fit in a bag or handbag, the Optoma EH330 offers an incredible 3,100 lumens from its lamp, making it bright enough to give you a clear image even in a normally lit room. Combine this with its native Full HD 1080p resolution and you get a projector that can be relied on to give you the best image possible whether you're using it for home cinema or a business presentation.

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    The EH330 also has a couple of different options for you when it comes to sound. You can use the onboard 2w speakers, or you can plug in external speakers via the 3.5mm jack.

    As this is a lamp projector, the lifespan of the lamp isn't what you'd get from a similarly priced LED projector, such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus. Whereas the M550 Plus gives you up to 30,000 hours of projection, the EH330's lamp will need replacing after only 5-8,000 hours. This is still mighty impressive for a lamp-based projector at this price however!

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    It also lacks a number of the Pico Genie M550 Plus' other features, such as battery backup, Android OS and short throw projection, so if you want a portable projector that can do it all, the M550 Plus may be worth a look. If you're looking for a simple, high-brightness and high-quality projector though, the Optoma offers tremendous value considering the high lumens and resolution.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: How Do I Connect It to a Projector?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have finally been released after months of hype, and happy tech fans are enjoying its revolutionary new features, such as a Quad HD display, facial recognition and iris scanner. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is packed with features, however there is one key feature missing from the new phone: MHL compatibility.

    Samsung #unboxyourphone TV ad from Projection Artworks on Vimeo.

    If you didn't know, MHL allows you to use an MHL-HDMI cable to connect your phone to a projector, or other HD display such as your HDTV. Samsung removed MHL compatibility in their S7 range and it hasn't returned for the Galaxy S8 as the company moves towards wireless connectivity. Quite ironic that the company used projectors in their launch event (see above) for the phone that can't connect to any projector via a standard cable!

    Luckily, there are ways to get around this. If your projector doesn't have WiFi built in, you can simply pick up a wireless mirroring dongle with a Miracast function that you can stick into the HDMI port of your projector (products like the Acer C200 have powered HDMI ports too, so you won't need to have your dongle hooked up to power)!. After that, you can wirelessly cast to your projector from your shiny new Galaxy S8 whether you're connected to WiFi or not!

    An even easier method is to get a projector with WiFi and Miracast built in, such as the awesome Pico Genie M550 Plus. This means you enable the Miracast setting on your projector and your phone should detect the projector in your Quick Connect settings. Just one tap and you're connected, without any need for expensive cables, or to be connected to WiFi.

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    If you're looking for a portable projector to use with your new Samsung Galaxy S8, for ease of use and quality, the top of the range right now is the Pico Genie M550 Plus.

  • Connect Your Surface Pro to a Projector - Get the Most Out of Your Device!

    Want to connect your Surface Pro device to a projector, or to a second monitor? Most projectors will work with Surface Pro devices, and to find out how, simply read the guide below - it couldn't be simpler!

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    Wired Connections

    All you need is a Microsoft Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable. Simply plug the adapter into your Surface Pro and connect the HDMI cable and you're all set! To change your mirroring settings, use Windows + P to switch between extending or mirroring your display.

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    Wireless Connections

    For this method, we recommend you use a projector with a powered USB or HDMI port, such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus or the Pico Genie P200.

    Simply purchase one of our Wireless Mirroring Dongles and plug it in. Make sure it's set to the Miracast setting (just push the button on the dongle) and follow the following steps on your Surface device.

    1. Select the search box in the taskbar, enter project to a second screen, and in the search results, select Project to a second screen.

    2. Choose one of the following options:

    PC screen only: You’ll see everything on your Surface screen. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)
    Duplicate: You’ll see the same things on all screens.
    Extend: You'll see everything spread over all screens, and you can drag and move items between them.
    Second screen only: You’ll see everything on the connected screen or screens, and your Surface screen will be blank.

    For more info, just watch the handy video below!

    What Surface models are currently supported?

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    External displays
    Max refresh rate
    Max screen resolution
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor
    One
    24 Hz
    4096 x 2160
    Surface Pro 2, Surface 3, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor
    One
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface 3
    One
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface 3
    One
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1600
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with any processor, or Surface Pro 4 Core M
    One
    60 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with any processor
    One
    60 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor
    One
    60 Hz
    4096 x 2304
    Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 with i7 or i5 processor, or Surface Pro 4 Core M
    Two
    30 Hz
    3840 x 2160
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor
    Two
    30 Hz
    4096 x 2304
    Surface Pro 3 with i3 processor
    Two
    60 Hz
    1920 x 1200
    Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 with i7 or i5 processor
    Two
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1440
    Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book with any processor
    Two
    60 Hz
    2560 x 1600
  • Personal Projector Ltd Exhibiting At BETT 2017 (Acer, Philips, Vivitek)

    The biggest technology show in the UK's education sector is just around the corner and we're delighted to say we'll be attending the BETT Show for the fourth straight year. If you're attending, come and say hi - we'll be in Hall 15, at stand F354. Our focus this year is on great projector deals and portable interactivity, which could revolutionise the way you think about your interactive whiteboard. We're also have deals on large format displays (LFDs), new short throw portable projectors and wireless portable LED projectors with Android interfaces.

    If you've ever wanted a large format interactive whiteboard you can fit in your bag and set up in minutes, you will definitely want to read our sneak preview of what we'll be showing at BETT!

    Interactive (Portable) Whiteboards & Accessories

    We have two products that will be released in the very near future that will let you turn any flat surface into a touch-sensitive interactive whiteboard up to 120" in size!

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    The first to be released is the Acer Smart Touch Kit, which is compatible with a number of Acer projectors (U5520B, U5320W, U5220, S1383WHne (pictured above), S1283Hne, S1283e). It's a  dongle that fits onto the projector, along with an infrared sensor that you put on your projection surface, but there are a lot of features packed into this device! Although the projectors themselves are not portable the Smart Touch Kit turns any flat surface into a whiteboard with a 10-point touch screen, meaning large groups can all use it at the same time. It's also finger touch compatible, so you don't need to buy a load of expensive accessories to use it.

     

     

    Ultra Short Throw Large Format Displays

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    Inspire students, parents and staff alike with large dynamic digital displays in your reception area, corridors, staff room, dining hall or classrooms. The real unique feature is how close this projector can sit to the wall and still be able to project a huge 120" image on any wall (even a coloured wall) so you are maximising space in small areas.

    The Philips Screeneo 2.0 offers a Full HD display and 2000 lumens. Since the Screeneo sits so close to your projection surface, those 2000 lumens go much further, giving you an ultra bright display that can be seen in any light conditions. It features automatic colour correction technology, meaning you can even project onto most coloured walls without having to worry about image quality!

    Wireless Projectors

    Projectors are evolving beyond simply being pass through devices - the new breed of projectors have WiFi, inbuilt Android OS (that works with Apple products too!) and onboard memory so you can save files and apps onto the projector. This means you don't even need a PC or laptop to project from, just set up and go! What's more, projectors such as the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Qumi Q3 Plus (pictured below) which we'll be exhibiting at BETT, have long battery lives (the M550 Plus has up to 3 hours) so you can take a whole lesson without a single wire in sight!

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    Also at the show will be wireless dongles that turn any projector into a wireless projector that connect to your iPad, android device or laptop (Win 7 and 8).

    The Vivitek Qumi Q6 will also be at the show along with its bigger brother the Qumi Q7 with wireless dongle.

    Full HD Portable LED Projector: Vivitek Qumi Q8

    The long awaited, record-breaking Qumi Q8 will also be available to pre-order at the show. Its tiny size defies belief and it offers an amazing 1000 lumens and is the smallest Full HD (1080p) LED projector in the world.

    Ultra Portable Short Throw Projectors

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    The Acer K138ST is the latest in ultra portable short throw projection so you can get a bigger image close up to the wall. If you are tight on space  in your classroom then short throw projection is a must! The K138ST benefits from an 800 lumen LED light source and offers phenomenal value, meaning it is a quality budget option.

    To view our full range of short throw projectors, click HERE.

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