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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

    Save Money and Time

    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

     

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