We understand how much pressure education organisations are under at the moment and think you are doing a great job on the front line, we wish you all the best and hope you are safe.
Here are some ideas to help with the social distancing requirements whilst carrying out your new roles.
If you have an ultra portable projector already, you may find it useful during the crisis for:
-Staff / head teachers: Reduce eye strain & increase productivity if working from home with a bigger screen. Use apps like ZOOM to facetime with colleagues
-Social Distancing is made easier via the portable projector’s bigger screen instead of using small ipad screens
-Back up screen or laptop all in one
Create a big screen in any room where there maybe no projector / panel
Downloading apps directly onto the projector itself (no laptop required)
-E-learning on a bigger screen
-Entertainment – movies can be played in any room or in lockdown zones
-Incredible portability with mains and battery powered projectors
-Wireless / wired connection to laptop, phone or ipad
Working on a bigger screen enables simpler video conferencing. See everyone on one screen and keeping connected with your colleagues while reducing eye strain.
Keeping Pupils Active & Entertained
Perfect for projecting in alternative spaces where there maybe no current projector to support social distancing and keeping pupils further apart.
As schools are providing child care rather than lesson based care these projectors are great for movies and gaming.
As these projectors are battery operated as well as mains, they can be used almost anywhere.
Multi-Purpose - Use More Than Once
Useful after the crisis for everything from a backup projector to projecting artwork or even digital signage or displays.
These projectors have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.
Portable Projectors: For Remote Working / Back-up
Connect ipads, laptops or even mobile phones and create much larger screens: Benefit from less eye strain and easier for sharing on a big screen, making it more akin to a whiteboard or panel but from a small pocket device.
Working on a much bigger screen at home will help massively with productivity and reducing eye strain when video conferencing teams, setting tasks, creating documents and marking work.
Below are suggested a list of free apps and classroom tools below that may be of assistance to help share and collaborate with parents, teachers, pupils and staff.
All of the apps can be downloaded onto any of the portable projectors below or simply screen mirrored from a laptop, tablet or phone to the big screen.
Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.
You may be aware of the constantly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and with the UK now being on a partial lock down. We understand we are now in difficult times with the virus spreading faster and more and more people having to be isolated.
Whether it is for work, keeping everyone entertained or for sharing media, now is a great time to start thinking about investing in portable or home cinema projector. Projectors have multiple purposes and will likely be used again and again rather than a one off item.
Stay Connected With Each Other
So you cant goto events or pubs but there is a lot of social activity online. This can be shared best on a large screen through virtual events like the app HOUSE PARTY.
Apps like ZOOM have become incredibly popular for both WORK and SOCIAL with people wanting to connect with each other. Mutli screen face time options look great on the big screen with all your friends / colleagues on the same screen.
Working From Home
Can't get hold of a laptop or monitor and now working from home?
Using a projector and working on a much bigger screen will massively help with productivity and reducing eye strain enabling you to complete work faster and relax. Most portable projectors such as: Pico Genie Polar, Vivitek Qumi Q3Plus or Pico Genie Periscope have their own operating system enabling them to work independently like a PC without external devices such as a laptop, phone or tablet.
Keep Everyone Entertained
Keep younger ones entertained anywhere in the house with an all-in-one portable projector. Watch movies, play YouTube videos etc, directly from the device. Alternatively, play games on a big screen from an Xbox, Playstation or console for a better gaming experience.
With Cinemas like Cineworld, Vue and others closing until further notice, there has never been a better time to setup your own home cinema and enjoy movies and gaming from the comfort of your own living room.
Project up to 150" screen sizes with high contrast and resolution for a true home cinema experience from a range of Home Cinema Projectors.
Here is a top 10 list of movies to watch on Netflix directly from your projector while on lockdown:
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Life As We Know It
Kung Fu Panda 2
He's Just Not That Into You
Need to keep fit? Just because gyms have closed doesn't mean your workouts have to stop... Keep fit during the lock down, watch workout videos on a big screen from anywhere in the house.
Save up to £700 on projectors such as the Acer P8800 with these special offers.
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Many of our customers have been asking us how is it possible that projectors listed on Amazon's Prime Deals or on Amazons Top 15 projectors are 1000 lumens yet only cost £50.
We decided to investigate and have been monitoring this since September 2016. We purchased one of the Top 15 projectors on Amazon to see what was going on. We discovered a large amount of false trades descriptions which we have reported to Amazon. The list of these companies has since proliferated as Amazon allows fake reviews and people just look at the star ratings rather than the details so it always shows 4 stars or higher in the review despite alluring to the odd minor negative point in the reviews.
Unfortunately its not in Amazons interests to do anything about these fake reviews or fake products with fake lumens as they get paid for every sale whether you return it or not. Even when you return it they still take a 7% to 15% commission - so its a Win Win for Amazon and a pain for you as the customer to be duped by false trades descriptions! We reported the issue at the beginning of the year and years later later the problem still exists despite numerous complaints to Amazon.
We reviewed one of the best selling Amazon projector: Elephas Full Color 130" Portable LED "Pico" Projector. This review highlights the major flaws in all Amazon's best selling projectors and shows how many manufacturers are massively exaggerating features and specifications of these projectors. This review/guide will help you to avoid buying fake products and to understand how these companies selling on Amazon's marketplace (and even via Amazon Prime FBA) are breaching trading standards and are blatantly lying to customers.
WE ALSO PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL THE GENUINE TRUSTWORTHY BRANDS IN THIS ARTICLE.
Lumens Test: The biggest false description on Amazon
The most important test is brightness so we compared the popular Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) which is a genuine 50 lumens to the Elephas Full Colour 130" which is stated as "1000 lumens". The Elephas is well priced at £54 on Amazon which is impossibly cheap for a projector of "1000" lumens.
Below the image shows the brightness difference between the Pico Genie P55 (bottom image) and the Elephas (top image). If anything, the Pico Genie P55 is brighter and also has a better resolution. This is fairly shocking when you consider the Elphas is being listed as 20x brighter than the Pico Genie? Yes, 20 TIMES! Amazon’s top 15 projectors state they have 800-1500 lumens which is simply false.
The alarm bells should initially start ringing when you see a headline figure of 1000 lumens and a price of anything less than £400.
Video Showing a Genuine 500 - 650 Ansi Lumen Projectors
[UPDATE DEC 2019] - the M550 has now been replaced by the M550 PLUS short throw projector.
Unfortunately there is no limit to how much the lumens can be overstated by. This is shown clearly by the Anker Nebula Projector.
Regularly quoted at a massive 3000 lumens online the Anker nebula actually has only 500 ansi lumens, putting it on par with the Qumi Q3. At it's rather large size not only is far from being a truly ultra portable projector, as both alternatives offer the same power from much smaller handheld devices.
Ultra Short Throw (UST) Update (September 2018). There has been a growth in the ultra short throw market with many customers trying to find a home cinema product with very high lumens that can be put 6 inches away from the wall to provide a 100" screen. This has meant a surge in resellers and chinese suppliers claiming their products are ultra short throw and high brightness when often they are not even short throw nevermind ultra short throw and the brightness claims are ludicrous.
Examples of fake ultra short throw projector descriptions include Wemax one by Xiaomi claiming a whopping lie of 7000 ansi lumens for only £1500. The give away that Wemax One by Xiaomi is a FAKE product is firstly the price point is way too low, especially for a laser projector. For example by comparison a 5000 lumen projector by Casio is almost £6000 so a genuine 7000 ansi lumen model would be a significantly higher price if it were genuine. The actual brightness of the Wemax One by Xiaomi projector could be as low as 1000 to 1500 ansi lumens but is expensive for its brightness levels simply because laser components are much more expensive than their LED counterparts
Secondly, the giveaway that Wemax One is a fake description is when you see actual video footage of it at 7000 lumens the Wemax should be jumping off the walls in broad daylight with brightness when in ultra short throw but its a dull image as can be seen below. The (fake) brighter images displayed are always stills that are photoshopped so always try and look for a video of the product (often on the product pages themselves under the still images).
[UPDATE DEC 2019] - However not all Chinese manufacturers overstate their lumens for example there are some such as Changhong's CHiQ Brand which massively understate their lumens. See the video below to see how the CHiQ compares next to the Viewsonic X10-4K. It’s clear that the CHiQ Brand understates all specifications from lumens all the way to contrast ratio and offer very high quality products.
Wemax One Claiming 7000 Ansi Lumens Laser VERSUS a Vivitek DW763Z Laser 4000 lumen UST
On paper, the Vivitek (2nd image) is stated at almost half the brightness at 4000 lumens of the Wemax One (7000 lumens) yet these images below showing both projectors in action (not photoshopped) show the Wemax is a fraction of the actual brightness of the Vivitek DW763Z-ust yet Wemax claims to be almost twice the brightness of the Vivitek projector. The Benq W1600UST is also worth looking at for a genuine low cost high brightness (3,300 ansi lumen) UST projector. A genuine 7000 ansi lumen projector would cost several thousand USD, Euros or pounds.
Focus: Dont be limited to a fixed focus and fixed size image
The Elephas and Amazon’s top 15 projectors often will have a fixed focus meaning it has to be an EXACT distance from the wall to be able to view it otherwise its out of focus. Thus it has to be exactly 1.5m away to create an image of 50-60”. If the Elephas is moved any closer to the projection surface, it is instantly out of focus so you just cant see it.
In other words its useless if you want to put the projector anywhere other than EXACTLY 1.5m away from the wall as it will be out of focus.
On some of the other top 15 Amazon projectors, if you have a small projection area you could end up with a screen size that is far too big for your projection space as well as it being out of focus.
Pico Genie and other premium brand projectors can be focused as small as 15cm from the projection surface to create a tiny image or over >100" simply by moving them closer/further from the projected area.
Check its got real DLP
DLP is a premium image chip from Texas Instruments meaning your image quality will be viewable and far superior to the chinese versions listed on Amazon. It usually also means the projector itself is much smaller as can be seen with the Elephas versus the Pico Genie above.
The costs of these DLP chips are high so as a rough guide anything advertised under £140 on Amazon is more than likely not going to have a real DLP chip inside. Its also likely to be a much larger size projector in terms of its dimensions (as can be seen in the photos above the Pico Genie is tiny in comparison to the Elephas).
Size / Portability
The genuine Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) is a fraction of the size of most of the top 15 projectors listed on Amazon and is more pocketable. Also the quality is not compromised because of its size as Pico Genie projectors use DLP rather than poor quality LCOS.
As can be seen below the Elephas is almost 4x bigger than the Pico Genie.
Weight – even with a battery this product is lighter and smaller than the majority of the top 15 projectors, it’s therefore ideal for quickly moving or taking away on your travels. Unlike the Elephas that would need a larger back to be transported.
All Pico Genie products include a battery as standard. The Pico Genie P55’s inbuilt battery will last for up to 2.5 hours. In comparison to Amazon’s top 15 which are 4x the size and do not have any battery at all. Pico Genie projectors are ultra portable and can be used anywhere.
Fan Noise/usage & burning smells
The Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) makes very little fan noise when in use and can be used for as long as required on mains power. Amazon’s top 15 projectors such as Elephas are incredibly noisy and kick out a lot of heat. They also state they should not be used for more than 3-4 hours at any one time. This also highlights a major safety concern. We used the Elephas for around 1-2 hours and it became very hot and produced some unusual burning smells.
The Pico Genie P55 (Update 2019: P55 Replaced by Pico Genie Periscope) is built to a high quality and is highly robust. Aesthetically the P55 design is far superior to Amazon’s top 15.
Trusted Portable Projector Brands Online:
Below we have listed out a number of brands that have an excellent reputation across the projection market. Click here for our full range of trusted ultra portable projectors. The list below also includes some home cinema products.
Beware Of Projector Brands Overstating their Specifications:
Below is a list of brands overstating the trade descriptions, often quoting lumens at over 10 times higher or suggesting its Full HD or even 4k when its a much lower resolution, amongst others.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of dodgy projector brands. The same companies are using different brand names which get changed regularly to avoid detection. There are many more out there but if the number of lumens appears too high for the price then, unless its a used item, then you have to question whether it is a genuine or a fake description.
DR Q / Dr K (changes its name regulary)
GP100 Video Projector
Wemax One by Xiaomi
Xiaomi (Wemax 1)
Luminos / Mini Projector Luminos
Overstated lumens at the Higher-end
The Anker Nebula is quoted in most online specifications at a massive 3000 lumens
• but only offers 500 ansi lumens
The Viewsonic X10-4K offers 2,400 lumens but as seen on the Video HERE - it compares to less than 1900 ansi lumens on a Chiq B5U projector.
SUMMARY: Tips to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors from Amazon & Online
Claims its New < £80: If it's brand new and less than £80, don't bother. The projector is more than likely being way over sold by a Chinese company. LED projectors of any decent quality that are new with DLP and a minimum genuine lumens of 50 lumens start at £150 / €180 / $195
Claims its New <£300 and claims over 600 lumens - it's quoting "Chinese marketing lumens" and maybe 10 or 20 times overstated and probably 50 lumens with no DLP and is fake
DLP? - Ensure the projector has Texas Instruments DLP, this provides superior image quality and is the industry standard.
States "use in a dark room" - If the projector has over 200 lumens and states "Use in a dark room", usually means its less than 50 lumens so avoid
1080p - this is one of the biggest lies - there are very few 1080p models out there and certainly none by any lesser known brands not listed above. The likelihood is that if you've not heard of the brand and its stating 1080p then its not 1080p. It should say "supports" 1080p ie supports Full HD but instead they just claim its Full HD when in fact its probably 2 or 3 grades down from that at VGA resolution - whats in a word eh !
Catches Fire - If it says "it needs to be turned off after 2-4 hours", give it a miss. It is more than likely dangerous and prone to catching fire. It has been made very cheaply and so key safety processes can easily be missed.
Common Sense - If it sounds too good to be true, it is!! Remember if you buy cheap you usually end up buying twice so just buy the product that's right for you first time around.
The old saying, BUY CHEAP BUY TWICE is true but if you need a quality brand at an affordable price then its worth checking out projector special offers or sales here for those genuine brands.
If all of this talk of Ansi and marketing lumens have you stumped then we have got you covered, we have written a handy guide which will explain everything that you need to know here.
Now that you know what not to look for in a projector it might be handy to find out what you should be looking for, we have a great guide available for you here.
How to get results with a complaint on Amazon in the UK
We spent 14 months writing to Amazon to complain about fraudulent trades descriptions on Amazon as they continue to allow resellers, predominantly Chinese, to describe goods however they like without any resemblance to the truth. Amazon fail to do anything about it whatsoever so here are some steps you can take if you have similar problems.
Try raising a case through seller central if you are a reseller or via Contact Us on Amazon as a consumer. If you get standard responses like we did for 14 months whereby its clear they are just not reading or listening to the complaint then go to step 2
Report it to Trading Standards which has to be done via the Citizens Advice Bureau either by phone 03454 04 05 06 or Id recommend going to this online form at the bottom of their website. Get a case number
Call the European Consumer Credit Center on 01268 886690 - Get a case number
Write a letter to Amazon UK’s offices. This address is quite well hidden and hard to find so we’ve listed it below. Make sure you send it recorded delivery and inform them of the case numbers and the issues
The main issue is Amazon’s HQ is outside the UK so they often like to pass the buck so the next step is to also report it to CMA - Competition & Markets Authority and this can be passed onto the equivalent trading standards bodies in the relevant countries – email for CMA email@example.com and again get a case number to pass onto Amazon
Amazon UK Office Address
Amazon EU SARL, UK Branch, 60 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD, United Kingdom
Registered in England & Wales
Company No. FC032354
UK Establishment No. BR017427
UK VAT Number: GB 727255821
Amazon EU HQ
Amazon EU SARL, Société à responsabilité limitée, 5 Rue Plaetis, L2338 Luxembourg
Share Capital: EUR 37,500
Registered in Luxembourg
RCS Luxembourg No: B-101818
Business Licence Number: 134248
Luxembourg VAT Registration Number: LU 20260743
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Don’t wait around this year for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals. Buy now and enjoy huge discounts with savings of up to £280 on a range of Home Cinema, Gaming/Sports, Ultra Portable Travel projectors and more!
Buy now for Christmas and benefit from our extended returns policy until 3rd January 2020.
These offers are only available whilst stock last and once they have gone they’re gone.
Acer Predator Z650 Home Cinema Projector ideal for Sports, Movies and Gaming!
With 2 pairs of 3D Glasses and a Carry Case included
No longer be limited by room size! Place in any sized room and still achieve a huge screen size with the Z650s short throw feature allowing you to focus more and feel part of the action.
Experience a true home cinema experience or enjoy playing the latest games such as the popular First Person Shooters: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Battlefield V on the big screen. Perfect for fast moving action or sports with fast refresh rates.
Want to feel like you're going to the cinema every day. Enjoy a bigger cinematic experience than even the largest TV.
The B5Us Ultra Short Throw feature projects a MASSIVE screen size of up to 150” (bigger than any 4K TV) from just inches away from the wall, making it much simply and cheaper to install and hide away in a cabinet up against the wall.
Be able to project in almost any lighting condition with an Ambient Light Rejection Screen and achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness and understated 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. With the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.
WAS £2,765 – NOW ONLY £2,565
Pico Genie Polar Ultra Portable Projector
Project anywhere at any time, the Pico Genie Polar is the ultimate travel essential. No Plug socket? No problem, the polar has a battery built in allowing you to project without being plugged in.
Use the Android interface to download apps and watch TV, Netflix, Youtube etc or use for business or learning via apps such as Microsoft Office or download games.
Alternatively wirelessly mirror your iPad or iPhone or Android tablet/phone on the big screen via airplay / screen mirroring / smart view.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Mobile (https://new.whatmobile.net/review-qumi-z1v-projector):
“First impressions are the Z1V is a fantastic bit of tech that provides a decent sounding speaker that is lightweight but also provides very good quality images or video footage when projected. I also found it very useful that I could use it plugged in or wireless if I wanted to use it outside.”
“…looks great a grey fabric cloth wrapped around makes look smart.”
“…great for viewing pictures as well as video. The multimedia player in this device really gives you an extension to any mobile device you might have.”
“So overall, it’s a great device that allows you to use USB-C, Micro SD slot and HDMI ports for you to use any of your devices to showcase your video, audio or pictures.”
“What makes this even better is you get up to 30,000 hours via the LED light source meaning you can use this device time and time again. Another benefit of using this projector is how easy it is to use.”
“…it’s a great product so if you invest in this it will continue to entertain over and over again. Now what I personally loved this device for was to streaming the recent Cricket World Cup outside for the whole family to watch outside in my garden.”
Tech Buzz Ireland (https://techbuzzireland.com/2019/08/22/review-the-qumiz1-projector-my-new-favorite-gadget-tech-qumiz1-projector/)
Great image/video quality across a variety of surfaces
Easy to use and simple to get around the menu screen
Excellent quality Bluetooth speaker with high volume and great portability
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.