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The Future Of Interactive Projectors

I’m usually the type of techie that is always up for trying new ideas and gadgets out. I love seeing innovation and progress in our technology. It’s always incredible to see just how far our advances have taken us. While, yes, we’ve seen quite a bit of advancement in the realm of mobile technology, projectors have seen their fair share of upgrades as well. Most of the updates that projectors have seen have definitely warranted some type of use and practicality within them. Others, not so much. Now 4K projectors, short-throw projectors, and even the pico projectors that could end up in our phones in the very near future, all have a good sense of usefulness. One product whose usefulness may still be questionable is interactive projectors.

We’ve all seen them. Perhaps you’ve been walking around the mall and have seen kids jumping around on a lit up floor with a projector above them. They may be jumping and playing with an interactive game. You’ve seen them in museums when you’ve walked in front of a wall and magically seen a rippling effect as you move around. You’ve even seen them more recently. The Xbox Kinect has even played its part in new interactive projector technology. Because of the Xbox Kinect having direct involvement with interactive projector technology, it can only mean one thing; Microsoft is working on something new.

Microsoft is working on something called Project Ripple, in which there will be an interactive projector system, but with two different “screens” instead of the one. While most of us may be used to the typical “floor screen” being projected down below us, the second screen will be directly in front of us. How will you be able to control the second screen though? Simple! With the Kinect of course. You will essentially be able to step on the bottom screen and work the second screen with your hands. Not a bad way to make your next presentation a bit more riveting. That being said, there are still some things to discuss about this new project.

Again, I enjoy trying new technology out, and if I see an interactive projector displaying lava and rocks on the floor, you’d better believe that I’ll be avoiding the lava and stepping on the rocks. The only issue I have with this type of technology is that I feel that that is just about the extent of it. I could be dead wrong or maybe just not opening up my mind to the options enough, but before that becomes finalized as fact, let me have a chance to explain what I mean.

The average business office is just that, a BUSINESS office. I don’t feel that some type of interactive technology like this would be necessarily accepted within the office atmosphere. I find it to be a bit distracting. Microsoft is marketing their new Project Ripple to be used during presentations, delivering new information in a more interactive way, and interactive advertising. All of these ideas seem promising, but unless they are able to come forth and show just how well it can work and WILL work in a more formal setting, this type of technology just isn’t meant for your office conference room. Maybe at your company’s next convention for a fun presentation, but in my eyes, that’s about the extent of it.

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The LG PF85U Is A Smart Projector That Could Find Its Way Into Your Home Or Office

It can be really hard to find the right projector for you to use. There are so many to choose from, each one coming with different options, functions, and sku names. It’s very easy to get lost in the sea of projectors and difficult to figure out which one may be right for you and your home or business. You’re obviously going to want something that is going to get the job done and get it done well. The only problem is trying not to break the bank at the same time. You have the initial cost of the projector and then any possible setup or mounting fees that go along with it. LG is known for making great entertainment tech, such as TVs and projectors. Well, LG is going to be offering a new LED model for retail, and for only $1,299.

The new LG PF85U is looking to be a very good LED DLP Projector and a very smart one too, as it turns out.

So should you choose to invest in this new projector when it comes out later this month, what exactly will you be getting? Well first off, you won’t have to worry about changing a lamp practically ever. You can thank the light emitting diode engine for that one. Since this projector is utilizing an LED engine, it has a much longer life span that most lamps. The projector will be able to turn on and be at full brightness, almost instantaneously. This type of lighting source also means that it can be turned on and off in rapid succession without needing to worry about affecting the lamp’s life span or degrading it. It will always use less energy and emit less heat when in use. I’d imagine that can only help, seeing as how the PF85U has 30,000 hours of use before needing to worry about changing the lamp.

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Next thing you’re most likely to be concerned with on the projector is the ports and its connectivity. What all can you hook up to it? With the PF85U, you’ll have access to two USB ports for external media devices and flash drives, two HDMI ports (one of which MHL capable), and 1/8″ and S/PDIF ports for external audio output. The projector itself does have speakers that come attached to it. However, 5-watt speakers on each side aren’t going to really give you the sound quality you may be looking for. The projector also comes complete with a coaxial jack input for antenna purposes. You’ll be able to plug one in and get access to either SD or HD television right from the projector itself.

LG’s new projector is smart too. It may as well be a Smart TV. It comes with the ability to basically be a new media center for your home or business. The use of apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Youtube mean that you’ll be able to watch whatever you may want or need directly from the device itself without having to gain access from an external media source. The device also utilizes other non-video related apps such as Facebook and Google Maps, furthering what it can be used for. The new PF85U also comes standard with a built-in web browser and an integrated App Store. With all the added functionality from the apps, you essentially have a new media center with LG’s new projector.

While it may be more suited for home usage, it could still be used within the office or even the office’s break room for recreational purposes. And remember, if you’re unsure about a device and whether you should buy it or not, it never hurts to rent it and try it out before coming to that decision!