Educators, enter to win a $25,000 makeover from NEC!

Is the display technology in your school not making the grade?

NEC star student

Enter NEC’s $25,000 technology makeover contest and your school could move to the head of the class with high-tech display products.

Between now and February 28, 2011, schools can submit their technology-deficient classroom video to NEC for consideration. The top 5 will be chosen and then posted online for public voting. The winner of $25,000 in NEC display products will be awarded in April.

To be eligible, schools must be registered with NEC’s Star Student program. Not a member? Visit today!

High quality pocket projectors in cell phones? We think not.

projector phones
At present, phones will have to be this big again to accommodate a high-quality projector

Pico projectors are showing up everywhere. Cell phone concepts. Cameras. Even alarm clocks!

People ask us: aren’t you guys worried this will hurt your business?

Nah. As the kids in my hometown say, “we ain’t skerred.”

See, the projectors integrated into many gadgets and gadget concepts on the market today are low-lumen and low-resolution. They’re fine if you want to beam a picture from your digital camera on the wall. But if you want to really see the details in your photographic masterpiece, you’ll need a better, brighter projector.

That’s where we come in.

The portable projectors coming out in the next few months have about 30 times the brightness of the ones built into cameras and cell phone concepts. They also display content in HD and are capable of projecting bigger images.

The projectors integrated into cameras are gimmicks, which isn’t an insult. Heck, if we have to choose between two similar-priced cameras, we’ll pick the one with the built-in projector. Why not, right?

But to really show off the pics we just snapped, we’ll reach for a brighter HD pocket projector, like the new Vivitek Qumi or the LG HW300T, (both coming soon!) Then, after we view our photos, we’ll use the projector’s built-in HD tuner to watch some TV. And then we’ll probably take a nap.

What about the iPhone 5 pico projector rumors?

For now, they’re just rumors. reports that smartphone-size pico projector modules are unlikely to start mass shipping for a while now. They’re too dim, too low-res and draw too much power.

There will be about one million devices with pico projectors shipped worldwide in 2011, but prices will still remain unfriendly to consumers. Therefore, vendors are launching these devices to enhance their brand names through displaying the latest technologies and innovation; they do not really expect to ship large volumes…it would still take several years before the module’s price can drop to a friendlier level. – Digitimes.

And by the time these modules hit “friendlier” prices, the portable projectors on the market will be beyond awesome. In the past year alone, we’ve seen an increase in lumens, resolutions and extra features. No doubt, the future of pocket projectors is even brighter! (Pun intended.)

Kinect and projector fireballs!

Sometimes, we think we’re pretty darn clever here at Projector People. Other times, we realize we’re not as sharp as we think.

Take this video for example. In it, Elliot Woods from the technology company Kimchi and Chips explains how he used a Kinect and a projector to create virtual fireballs.

And though we’re not quite clever enough to really wrap our head around his explanation, we do think the hadouken-like fireballs that he creates around the five-minute mark are fricking awesome.

Projector Bowl XLV super sale

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