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Sprint’s LivePro Combines Pocket Projectors With Mobile Hotspot

Today’s business world isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago, or even 5 years ago for that matter. The business professional of today utilizes technology in ways would couldn’t have even thought possible in the past, especially when it comes to presentations. Gone are the days of story boards and physical presentations, pushed aside for things like PowerPoints and slide shows.

However, a lot of presentations these days rely on internet access for various things, which becomes a problem if you are presenting somewhere that doesn’t have internet (I know it’s hard to believe a place without internet but trust me, they still exist). But those troubles are now behind you as you now have the ability to purchase a combination pocket projector and mobile hotspot from Sprint that provides internet access through the carrier’s network.

Known as the Sprint LivePro, this pocket projector measures 4.7 by 4.7 inches and is 1.1 inches thick. In addition to that, the LivePro will offer a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display. There is also a 4-inch touchscreen on the device and a 5,000mAh lithium ion battery that can be used to charge other devices while the device itself runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, allowing you to access apps from Google Play.

An embedded speaker for audio is included though separate speakers can be paired with the device through Bluetooth or attached via a 3.5mm jack, according to Sprint. The LivePro also supports as many as 8 WiFi enabled devices simultaneously and content can be shared through HDMI, USB or wirelessly through WiFi Miracast. Users can also get content from the Cloud through WiFi directly from the device and stream video and audio content with a WiFi connection or data plan.

The LivePro will be on sale in select Sprint stores as well as online for $499.99. Qualified buyers can also use Sprint Easy Pay for $18.75 per month over 2 years. Data plans for the LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB with 6GB and 12GB data plans costing $49.99 and $79.99, respectively.

According to Senior Vice President of Product Development at Sprint David Owens, “Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained. Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the web.”

For those of you who don’t know, Spark is a network upgrade that is intended to more than double the wireless broadband speed on the 4G LTE Sprint Spark network in the US by the end of 2014. In addition to that, it is also supposed to increase coverage and capacity significantly. Spark has been described as a mixture of TD-LTE and FD-LTE networks on three different frequencies (800MHz, 1900MHz and 2600MHz) and increase to extremely high capacity in very dense areas with TD-LTE 2600MHz.

The LivePro is perfect for business professionals as it allows them to literally present anywhere they need to whenever they need to. Mobile presentations are definitely impressive and that becomes even more so when you add the LivePro’s mobile hotspot, ability to connect 8 devices simultaneously and download apps from Google Play directly onto the projector.

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Could Sony’s New Pico Projector Save Your Business Meeting In A Pinch?

There are a few trends with technology that we all begin to notice. For example, when technology seemingly gets smaller and smaller. We see it with more mobile technology, but it has affected even larger hardware like desktops. We have seen the tablets and smartphones get smaller, skinnier, lighter, and sleeker. It comes with the advancements of technology. We will find ways to make our tech work more effectively while also making our tech smaller and less energy efficient. This has also affected the projector market believe it or not. The idea of pocket projectors is always something that can be seen as beneficial. The fact is, mobility with our tech means it becomes more accessible, and more accessibility means more areas for the product to function without being limited.

Every time a new product is introduced, the limitations of that product are brought to light pretty quickly. Most of the pico projectors have had problems in the past regarding their resolution display. They have been limited to how well they are able to handle projecting in overly bright areas, and the overall sharpness of the picture. Sony has done their best to further the quality and production of the pico projector technology. Since we know how quickly technology advances, it looks as if Sony might be able to provide a pocket projector that is finally free from the issues of previous makes and models.

How will this new projector make this possible though? Well, Sony conveniently has their own image processing system. The system uses something called LBS, or Laser Beam Scanning, to work their display module. By utilizing this particular display format, the new projector will be able to create HD image quality and a free-focus feature. The free-focus feature guarantees that the crisper image displayed, will retain its clarity even at distances up to 10 feet away. The free-focus will remain this way, despite the projection surface you are using at that time. With a 1920 x 720 pixel resolution, it may not be considered FULL HD, but it’s still much better than what has been offered on the market currently.

Sony is also developing the product to work in tandem with your other mobile devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. They are also seeing how attachments, such as battery power sources and Wi-Fi hardware could help the usefulness of the product. It might not be the biggest, or add much to your mobile tech collection, but it could definitely help out in the office or at home.

Having this freedom of mobility with something as essential as a projector is a huge step forward for displays. If you think about it, you are essentially carrying around a pocket HD TV around with you. Should your projector in the office decide to stop working in the middle of your presentation, you can pull this bad boy out and continue on. It could also be used to provide contrast information on whatever topic you may be covering in your meeting. Needless to say, having one of these in your tech arsenal would provide endless benefits.