Projector videos from CES 2012

Last month Projector People attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The exhibit was a sensory circus with 50-ft passive 3D displays, flashing lights and audio blasting from every other booth.

For us, CES is a time to connect with representatives of the brands we sell on ProjectorPeople.com. We have the opportunity to learn about upcoming releases and new features. We also get to pass on valuable feedback from you, our customers and fellow projector fans, about changes you’d like to see in future products. Like us, our manufacturers highly value your feedback.

We were able to shoot a few videos during our time in Vegas. See below for updates from Vivitek, Optoma and InFocus. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter profiles for continued information on new releases, projector news and price drops.

Having trouble viewing the videos below? Simply click on the title to watch the video on YouTube.

Vivitek’s new Qumi Q5 line

Douglas gives us the inside scoop on the new Vivitek Qumi line due out this summer. Built-in web browser and an optional 4-hour battery pack? We’re in.

Optoma HD33, a closer look

Learn more about one of our most popular 3D projectors.

New releases from InFocus

Dave shows off InFocus‘ current lineup as well as new short-throw and mobile projectors.

Vivitek’s Qumi pocket projector video demo

Do you want a 3D-Ready projector the size of a paperback novel? Are you a student or a professional on the go? Do you need a small projector with connectivity options allowing you to connect to your smart phone, laptop, tablets, digital camera’s, etc.? Look no further than the Vivitek Qumi! We had an opportunity to play with a Qumi while Vivitek was here so we shot a short video of what this LED pocket projector is capable of. (Look for the footage of a cat riding shotgun in a car!)

Back to School Technology Guide

Teacher Educator Back to School Technology Guide Projector

Whether you’re a college student, a travelling professor or a 10th grade science teacher, Projector People has everything you need to get you back to school with the latest technology.

Without further ado…

Best Projector for K-12 Educators – Casio XJ-M245

This feature-packed projector is ideal for K-12 teachers on a budget. Featuring LED projection (which means no costly lamp to replace!), the Casio XJ-M245’s 1.5x optical zoom allows students to easily see the content. Use MobiShare® to wow your students by projecting content right from your smart phone or tablet computer, then pull out the 3D glasses because the XJ-M245 is DLP 3D-ready… to blow your students away!

Only $1,199! Get the Casio XJ-M245 now »

Best Projector for College Students – Vivitek Qumi

Or as we like to call it: the Mighty Mouse of projectors. College students love the Qumi for its size (wayyy smaller and lighter than your Chemistry book) and ferocious features: it’s 3D-ready, high-definition and includes an LED lamp, so you’ll never have to buy an expensive bulb!

The Qumi can easily be connected to a variety of devices including, but not limited to smart phones, laptops, netbooks and tablets, digital and video cameras. Brighter than most comparable projectors, the Qumi is available in both black and white versions in case you want to color-coordinate with your new iPhone. Sweet!

Only $499! Get the Vivitek Qumi now »

Best Projector for Travelling Professors – Hitachi CPX9

Are you a road-warrior teacher, travelling from classroom to classroom, who needs a light, easy-to-use projector at an affordable price? Hey, we know those adjunct positions don’t come with lots of dollar signs attached, but we’re here to help!

Check out the Hitachi CPX9 – our pick for a “major bang for minor buck” projector. At 3200 lumens, the CPX9 is one of the brightest entry-level projectors and is equipped with an LCD lamp for crisp, clear color reproduction. It’s easy to connect to various inputs and includes a built-in speaker… just another thing you won’t have to carry with you!

The bargain price includes a case and remote to make taking the small CPX9 along in your laptop bag a breeze. And if life on the road is a little hard on your projector, don’t worry—the CPX9 is backed by a three-year warranty.

Only $699! Get the Hitachi CPX9 now »

Best Interactive Projector Mount for Educators – Chief Interactive Mount

We love this mount so much that we already wrote a blog post about it.

Here’s the skinny—if you want a lifetime of interactivity from low-price projectors, make the investment up-front for the Chief interactive mount and you’ll be happily interacting with your content for years to come. The mount works with any short-throw projector and turns any wall into an interactive surface.

Only $1,239! Get the Chief Interactive Mount now »

Best Interactive Projector for K-12 Classrooms – Epson 455WIRM BrightLink

This ultra-short throw powerhouse is perfect for K-12 educators who want complete interactivity without a bulky interactive board.

The BrightLink’s flexible design allows it to project interactive content on nearly any surface including a wall, whiteboard or chalkboard (by mounting with the included wall mount or on a cart) or a table with the optional Copernicus interactive table mount.

The flexibility extends to the projection size, too! Educators can easily adjust the interactive projection size from 59” to 96” to suit their space and needs.

The BrightLink is bundled with RM EasiTeach software, so creating interactive content is a snap. Already using a different kind of curriculum software at your school? No problem! The BrightLink 455WIRM is cross-compatible with existing curriculum software.

While we love all of the features that make the BrightLink easy to use, your budget will love the price! The Epson 455WIRM is priced significantly lower than comparable interactive whiteboards and is just as feature-rich.

Only $2,299! Get the Epson 455WIRM now »

So, what’s your favorite back to school technology?

New pocket projectors from 3M and Vivitek

Breaking news in the pocket projector world! Projector People now sells 3D-ready HD pocket projectors and pocket projectors with built-in camcorders.

Vivitek Qumi pico projector

vivitek Qumi

Exhibit A: the 300-lumen Vivitek Qumi. We first met this little bad guy at CES 2011. The Vivitek Qumi is the world’s first 3D-ready, HD pocket projector. It features native 720p resolution, built-in 1W speakers and a LED light source that lasts up to 30,000 hours. Check out our video of the Qumi in action »

The Vivitek Qumi sells for $499 and will ship in June. It is available in white or black. Pre-order yours now»

3M CP40 pico projector

3M CP40

Exhibit B is the 14-lumen 3M CP40. This pico projector features a built-in camcorder capable of shooting 720p video. Now you can shoot and share with just the push of a button. No more worrying about cords or hooking up to an external storage device.

The 3M CP40 is in stock now and costs $299. Get your own 3M CP40»

Connectivity of the Vivitek Qumi and 3M CP40

Both projectors can hook up to a variety of inputs, including your iPad or iPhone.

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.

Digitimes.com 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.)