Apple has been bulk-granted 51 new patents, Patently Apple reports, and one of them is a computer with an extreme-angle projector built-in. The patent describes a "desk-free" computer wirelessly connected to all peripherals and using any available vertical surface as a display screen. The computer would, alas, require some presumably non-desk surface to sit on, dashing the hopes of gravity-defying computer aficionados everywhere.
This week the team at Bot & Dolly - a group that works with 3D objects and video to experiment with art and live performance - have created a new experiment with live projection on moving objects. This project is known as "Box", and works with projection-mapping - projecting images on to spots that are mapped and tracked as the projector seeks them from afar. The result is a video demonstration you the don't have to be technically aware of to enjoy.
BenQ has announced a new projector, the W1500, which is distinguished from the rest with Full HD wireless video streaming and support for 3D video. The projector boasts quite a few different features, among them being the ability to project a screen up to 84-inches across from a distance of only 6 feet. The projector is available now for the hefty sum of $2,299.
As projectors continue to be a big business in an industry ripe with mobile devices, Canon's newest hardware has appeared with a foot in both camps. This is the LE-5W Multimedia Projector, coming in any color just so long as its black or white, working with 3LED technology to ensure the photos users have taken with their Canon cameras are projected with as vibrant and color-correct a light as possible. Of course this device isn't a camera in and of itself: instead you'll be running content through an HDMI cord or USB thumb drive.
BenQ doesn't see the limelight that often, but their aim is set high. The company announced the Joybee GP3 portable projector which comes with an iPhone/iPod dock that allows users to project content that's stored on their iOS devices. There's also a new feature that can wirelessly stream content from other devices over a DLNA connection.
At the Integrated Systems Europe event, better known as ISE 2013, Sony unveiled its first projector with Laser Light Source Technology, a WUXGA installation projector. The projector is modeled after a couple of popular units in Sony's F-series, and it boasts several features, including up to 20,000 maintenance-free hours of use.
If you're into the portable projectors, Vivitek might be a name you're familiar with, and they just announced a new "pocket protector" called the Qumi Q7. We ended up getting our hands on the new device, and while the mini projector isn't really worthy of fitting in a pocket, it's still small enough that you can easily take anywhere without hassle.
Projectors are certainly cool, but they can be a bit on the expensive side. If you've been keeping an eye out for a projector that won't break the bank, you might want to give AAXA Technologies' new P300 Pico projector a look. Announced today, the P300 projector will only set you back $419 (provided you pre-order it), which isn't too bad considering that other projectors can cost thousands of bucks.