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L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector Revealed by AAXA
The folks at AAXA Technologies presents a version 2 of the world’s first laser powered pocket projector. This AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector improves upon the first by increating thermal efficiency of its PCOS laser light engine. Now only do you get color, this device’s three-color laser light source enables it to procude images with fabulous color saturation, always in focus. Sounds pretty neat, yes? Sounds pretty fantastic. This pocket projector combines a “revolutionary” laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to produce 800 x 600 resolution and 20 lumen output with no pixelation problems.
Project images up to 50″ away in dark environments. Rapid change possible in projection size, simultaneous near and far projection, angled projection, and projection on uneven surfaces. Fricking sweet, man. This projector includes an onboard 1.5 hour battery, making power cables unnecessary, VGA input supporting up to 800×600 resolutions for laptop connections, and a media player inside the device able to decode multiple document and media formats. Have some files on a USB thumb drive? It can read those too. Available for $449 MSRP or pre-order for $399. Check out the full press-release below:
AAXA Introduces L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector
November 24, 2010
AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector, an updated version of the L1, the world’s first laser powered pocket projector. The updated design improves the performance of L1 v2 by increasing the thermal efficiency of the PCOS laser light engine. The unique three-color laser light source enables the L1 v2 to produce images with amazing color saturation that are always in focus. Designed for mobile professionals and entertainment, the AAXA L1 v2 pocket projector combines a revolutionary laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to achieve a 20 lumen output at 800×600 resolution without the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.
The flexibility offered by the L1 v2 laser light source opens up a new world of possibilities in projection applications. The focus-free operation allows for rapid changes in projection size, simultaneous far and near surface projection, angled projection, and projection on curved and other non-flat surfaces. Its ultra-efficient optical engine enables the L1 v2 to produce rich images even in less-than-dark environments – and color-rich images up to 50″ in dark environments. Combined with onboard 1.5 hour battery, the L1 v2 operates as a true hand-held laser projector without the need for any cables or external power source.
Built-in features include VGA input supporting up to 800×600 resolutions for laptop connections and on-board gamma correction. Additional features include a powerful media player capable of decoding of video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG), audio (MP3, WAV, AAC), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and popular document formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF), onboard memory, and a USB port capable of reading files directly off a standard USB thumb drive.
While the L1 v2 is slightly larger than the original L1, it still remains the world’s smallest 20 lumen pico projector – no larger than a small cell phone, measuring only 4.2″ x 2.1″ x 1.2″ and weighs in at 170 grams (including battery). The L1 v2 projector is much smaller than the traditional “pocket projector”. It slips into a pocket or briefcase and comes with a stand, making it fully portable and configurable for maximum presentation flexibility. Additional accessories allow the L1 v2 to connect to Apple iPhone/iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and a wide range of cellphones from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and HTC.
The AAXA L1 v2 is available for pre-order at chúng tôi for $399 and begins shipping December 1, 2010 and will also be available through our fine retail partners.
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One of the coolest-looking home projectors we’ve ever seen, the JmGO G1 is an excellent buy. The remote control takes a while to get your head around, and we’d have liked the ability to pair a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard instead, but it’s otherwise very difficult to find fault with the J1 at £449.
‘Gorgeous’ and ‘projector’ don’t often sit well together in a sentence, but that’s exactly what you get with the JmGO G1 Smart Home Theater. We’ve never seen a home projector oozing with so much style – this is something you want to keep on show, not mount out of the way. See all projector reviews.
But this isn’t just any home projector. Capable of projecting a full-HD picture (upscaled from 720p), the JmGO G1 also supports Active 3D (glasses are not supplied). It’s an Android TV and a Bluetooth speaker, with HDMI, USB and AV inputs that could potentially accommodate a digital TV tuner, a games console, a portable hard drive and more. And it’s entirely silent in use, making it the perfect fit for any bedroom or living room.
JmGO isn’t a brand we’ve encountered before, but you can pick up the G1 from Amazon UK for £449.99. We think it worth every penny, as you’ll discover below.
The JmGo G1 is a DLP projector with a DMD chip built into a circular aluminium-magnesium alloy housing, with an incredibly small footprint (219x60mm) and just 1.55kg in weight. A power button sits in the centre of the polished metal top, glowing blue when the projector is in operation and red in standby mode.
A metal grille wraps around the device’s middle, concealing four 5W speakers with Dolby Digital Plus that are capable of producing stereo sound so loud your neighbours may complain. The JmGO G1 also has a S/PDIF/headphone jack should you need to quieten things down.
The remote control has a unique design, a cylindrical device that takes two AAA batteries (not supplied) and connects to the JmGO over the 2.4GHz frequency. Made from plastic it doesn’t feel as high in quality a device as the projector itself, but this multifunctional remote can do it all.
Twisting one end of the remote control adjusts the volume, while pulling out the end and twisting lets you manually alter the focus. There’s a power button at one end, and on the side four buttons for back, home, options and entering mouse mode. A speaker button lets you audibly control the G1, but currently in Chinese only. Just below this sits a mute button.
Using the mouse mode can be a bit fiddly and takes some time to get used to; it doesn’t help that the mouse is very sensitive and works best when you point the controller directly at the projector. At times using the mouse is the only way to access options within certain apps, but in other cases we found it easier to use the small toggle that works like a joystick. It lets you scroll through web pages and apps, move up, down, left and right through menus and push down to select.
Setting up the JmGO G1 couldn’t be easier. You point it a blank wall or screen, plug it in and turn in on. The G1’s UI is based on Android 4.3 KitKat, and it’s preinstalled with various apps including Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, XBMC, Gmail, Skype, Amazon and full access to Google Play. These are found on the main screen, and you can hit left to change the source to AV or HDMI, or right to access the device settings. Also see: Best media streamers 2024.
Within the image settings are options to alter the brightness, contrast, image mode, aspect ratio and more. Digital zoom lets you resize the display to match your screen or wall, while automatic- and manual keystone correction adjust the angle of the display so you get a great picture no matter where the projector is sited. You can also turn the display upside down, should you want to mount the projector from a ceiling (a bracket is supplied in the box).
You’ll also find options within this settings menu for managing wireless, audio, language, time and date, recovery, apps and upgrading the software.
We connected the G1 to our home network over Wi-Fi (an ethernet connection is also available), then logged into our Google account and set about downloading various apps including Google Chrome and our usual Android benchmarking utilities. The only app we had trouble with was NowTV – if you want to access Sky content you’ll need to physically plug in a Sky- or Now TV box via the HDMI input (the apps will install but report an error when you try to use them).
It’s worth pointing out that the JmGo G1 also has a 3.5mm AV input that you can alternatively use to plug in a digital TV tuner. (Contrary to the Amazon UK listing there is not a digital TV tuner inside the G1.) And there are those twin USB ports, which can be used for attaching portable storage or peripherals.
With everything in place we were ready for the ultimate home theatre experience. We didn’t have any Active glasses to test the 3D functionality, but we were pleasantly impressed with the HD image supplied by the G1, and wowed by the audio.
The G1 operates at 1500 Ansi Lumens. This is bright enough to see what you’re doing when setting up the projector in daylight, but for best results you really need a dark room. Dynamic contrast is 1000:1, and JmGO claims a throw distance of between 20- and 300 inches.
Inside the G1 is a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, Mali 450 MP4 graphics and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The JmGO also has 16GB of flash storage built in for your apps.
This hardware isn’t anything like as powerful as what may be built into your phone or tablet, but it’s sufficient for navigating the G1 and playing media.
In our real-world usage we found the G1 only occassionally laggy when navigating menus, though we weren’t entirely sure whether it was the box or the remote control at fault. Our only real frustration was the over-sensitivity of the mouse mode.
We did run our usual Android benchmarks on the G1, and while they don’t make for the best reading it’s worth pointing out that this is not intended to be a high-performance Android PC. In Geekbench 3 we recorded 346 points in the single-core test and 997 points multi-core. AnTuTu turned in 20,539 points.
In our GFXBench graphics test the JmGO G1 was capable of 7fps in T-Rex, and it recorded a low 1732ms in SunSpider.
None of these benchmarks take away from the fact that as an Android TV the JmGO is more than capable, and we think an excellent buy.Specs JmGO G1: Specs
Smart Home theater DMD DLP projector
aluminium-magnesium alloy body
quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Mali 450 MP4 GPU
2GB DDR3 RAM
16GB flash storage
JmGO UI, based on Android 4.3 KitKat
4x 5W built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
full-HD display, also supports Active 3D (glasses not supplied) and 4K content
1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm AV in
acts as a Bluetooth 4.0 speaker in standby
2.4GHz remote control with focus and volume adjustments, power, back, home, menu and mouse buttons
20-300in throw distance
1500 Ansi Lumens
5000:1 contrast (FOFO), 1000:1 dynamic contrast
0.45″DMD+RGBLED display tech
?120%NTSC colour gamut
16:10/16:9/4:3 aspect ratio
bracket joint supplied
Linux vendor Red Hat wasn’t an early adopter of the open source OpenStack cloud project. That has changed this year, as Red Hat has fully embraced OpenStack and is now rapidly moving forward on building a commercially supported implementation.
In an interview with InternetNews, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens detailed his company’s plans for OpenStack. Red Hat is now in customers trials and is rapidly accelerating its engagement within the OpenStack community.
When OpenStack got started back in July of 2010, Red Hat was not really all that interested. Stevens explained that Red Hat was concerned about open governance, a concern that is now being addressed. In April of this year, Red Hat officially joined the growing effort to build the OpenStack Foundation, which will provide an open and transparent governance model for OpenStack. Red Hat has also committed at least $1.5 million over three years to the new foundation.
“We took the risk to put a development team on it (OpenStack) last summer,” Stevens said.
At that point, in Stevens’ view, Rackspace was saying all the right things about wanting to create a more open effort around OpenStack. Rackspace is one of co-founders of the OpenStack effort, along with NASA. Red Hat’s contributions now place it among the leading contributors to OpenStack in terms of code. Stevens now represents Red Hat in OpenStack board-level discussions and is working with the Rackspace team to help figure out the trademark issues around OpenStack becoming more open.
OpenStack code is already available in Red Hat’s community Fedora Linux distribution. The code is also now available to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 customers as a set of packages on the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository.
“We already have customers today, taking Red Hat packaged OpenStack on top of RHEL 6.3 and going through all the PoC (proof of concept) stuff,” Stevens said. “We’re engaging with them on that, though there is no money changing hands or official support on it today.”
One of the things that Red Hat is figuring out is how to provide enterprise support for OpenStack. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides 10 years of support, which is not a model that will work for OpenStack. Currently OpenStack iterates releases every six month which makes a 10-year support model impossible.
Stevens noted that if Red Hat were to say they would support the most recent OpenStack Essex release for 10 years, it wouldn’t work since customers will likely want the newer versions. Red Hat’s model of code back-porting is how enterprise Linux can be supported for 10 years and it’s likely that a similar concept will land in OpenStack.
“We’re trying to design what that support lifetime will look like,” Stevens said. “In the interim, we’re just working with customers, on the code.”The Commercial Model
Red Hat’s model for OpenStack is likely to take the form of a discrete software subscription. It’s a ‘Swiss army knife’ model where each core Red Hat component in the software stack, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, storage and OpenStack, can be combined with each other or sold on its own.
“We also want to offer pre-integrated solution stacks,’ Stevens said.
When it comes to commercial OpenStack implementations, for the most part to date, Rackspace has been leveraging Ubuntu Linux as the primary Linux vendor in OpenStack reference implementations. That’s a situation that might be challenged with Red Hat’s offerings.
“We’ve developed over the past months, an amazing relationship with Rackspace,” Stevens. “We’re working together in customer environments but there is not an official relationship.”
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at chúng tôi the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.
Audi gives its R8 supercar laser vision
There’s little that can’t be improved with lasers, and Audi’s 2023 R8 V10 plus exclusive is no different, the first car in the US to bear laser headlights. Set to be revealed at the LA Auto Show 2024 in just a couple of weeks time, the V10 coupe is the first of the automaker’s production cars to incorporate laser light technology for the US market; it’ll be exceedingly rare, too, coming in a short-run edition of just 25. Does it make a difference? We can tell you that it certainly does, having had the opportunity to test a 2023 R8 V10 plus under some interesting circumstances – on the track in the dead of night.
The 2023 R8 V10 plus exclusive edition will come to the United States through the company’s Audi exclusive program, effectively the automaker’s bespoke arm which customizes production cars for well-heeled clientele. In this particular case, it’s finished in Quantum Gray with the Titanium Black-optic exterior package, and rolls with a Carbon sideblade with Solar Orange stripe. The tires have a 20-inch 10-spoke-Y design in high-gloss anthracite, and the steering wheel has its own Signal Orange 12 o’clock marker.
It’s not the only interior change. Audi exclusive finishes the full leather seating in Black/Signal Orange, while the door sills are also trimmed in leather, not to mention illuminated with custom “one of 25” logos in carbon matte. The luggage compartment is trimmed in Alcantara, as are the rear panel and rear shelf. There’s even an Alcantara headliner, with diamond-stitching.
The 25 drivers are cosseted in fixed-backrest racing shell seats. On the outside, as well as Audi carbon ceramic brakes, there’s a carbon fiber rear diffuser and front lip spoiler. The exterior mirror housings and fixed rear wing spoiler match too. But what we’re most interested in, of course, is the lights.
The standard LED lights you’d find on a regular R8 are still present, but now they’re combined with a supplementary laser system which kicks in at speeds above 40 mph. Each headlight gets with one laser module consisting of four laser diodes: all four diodes run together, blasting out a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. That blue laser is converted by a phosphor converter, turning it into a “very bright and pure white light.”
SlashGear also had the opportunity be one of the first to test-drive the 2023 R8 back in July of last year. Even without the addition of lasers it’s an impressive beast, with Audi claiming a 3.2 second 0-62 mph run courtesy of the coupe’s 610 HP. Audi quattro all-wheel drive helps keep it on the road, with dynamic suspension and – exclusive to the V10 plus – a special Performance mode.
If you’re tempted by the laser upgrade, R8 V10 plus exclusive kicks off at $229,200 excluding destination and other charges. No word on when Audi might bring laser headlamp technology to other cars in its line-up at this point.
GRID Legends release date, gameplay, trailer, crossplay revealed
GRID Legends release date arrives on February 25, with freshly announced content
GRID Legends is the forthcoming sequel to one of the best racing games to release in the 2000s, GRID. The racing game features great track racing, along with solid car destruction physics and an epic crash camera. While that game is rather old, it has not stopped the franchise from returning in a good way with GRID Legends.
While GRID Legends was revealed several moons ago, it appears EA has got a great update to share today. GRID Legends release date is coming on February 25, 2023. And that is not all! It appears there is a new GRID Legends gameplay trailer showcasing some new content.
Prior to the freshly announced GRID Legends release date, we knew that the game was due to release in 2023. Well, it turns out the game is closer to launch than we first thought. GRID legends release date is on February 25. The game is expected to launch with action racer style gameplay, along with a variety of modes. The gameplay includes a deep career mode with plenty of events, races, tracks, and other content to get involved with.
The other good news is that car fans can expect quite a lot of content when the GRID Legends release date arrives. The game is confirmed to have over 100 cars at launch, though, it is no Forza Horizon 5 car launch list.
Grid Legends Gameplay
Grid Legends is confirmed to have new and exciting game modes make a return to the game. The fan-requested mode of the drift mode is going to make an appearance at launch, along with Elimination mode. As you can imagine, Drift mode is about performing some incredible drifts, while Elimination mode pits players against each other in destruction, with players dropping out. It is basically a last car standing mode.
If you’re more of a creative person, you’ll be pleased to know a race creator mode is coming out. It is not quite a unique race creator, more like a Halo Forge type deal, rather than TrackMania or GTA V levels of race customization. You should be able to modify pre-existing tracks, adding in new props, booster gates, ramps and other items, along with modifying the weather effects.
If you’re interested in the campaign, GRID Legends gameplay comes with a campaign called Driven to Glory. Driven to Glory has a narrative to it, along with the usual racing career path. You take part in the GRID World Series, a mega tournament that takes you all over the world as you can in F1 or MotoGP. Expect to see motion capture, cinematics and other realistic effects. Think of it like a FIFA career mode but for racing.
GRID Legends trailer
The GRID Legends announcement came with a brand new trailer, showcasing 17 minutes of new footage. If you’re interested in the various game modes and features listed above, you can check out the YouTube video.
Grid Legends Crossplay
Grid Legends Pre order
If you think GRID sounds amazing, then you can pre-order the game right now. Those who buy the game over on Steam, Origin, or their preferred console’s store. Those who pre order the game will get the following GRID Legends pre order bonuses:
GRID Legends Seneca & Ravenwest Double Pack.
Aston Martinn Vantage GT4.
Ginetta G55 GT4.
Ravenwest and Seneca team custoomization options for career and multiplayer.
*The four individual cars are exclusive to the career mode.
The content will unlock when the GRID Legends release date unlocks. If you want more info, head over to the GRID Legends website over at EA.
An upcoming NASA mission will test a new laser communications system that could one day deliver high-definition 3D video signals from Mars and beyond.
The lunar laser communications demonstration will be part of the agency’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission, which is scheduled to launch on Sept. 6. The LADEE spacecraft will orbit the moon and collect information on the lunar atmosphere—technically an exosphere—for around 100 days. A laser communications module is built into the satellite.
“NASA has a need for faster download speeds for data from space and that grows everyday, just like it does for the rest of us at home and also from work,” said Don Cornwell, mission manager for the lunar laser communications demonstration. He was speaking at a televised NASA news conference on Thursday.
“We’d like to be able to send high-resolution images and movies and 3D even from satellites that not only orbit the Earth but also from probes that will go to the moon and beyond. Communicating with radio waves has served us well for the last 50 years but we now have the technology to use light waves to communicate more data,” he said.
NASA Ames / Dana Berry
Here’s how the system will work: When the satellite is in orbit around the moon and visible from Earth, one of three ground stations will shoot a laser towards its approximate location. The laser beam from Earth will scan a patch of sky and should illuminate the spacecraft at some point. When that happens, the spacecraft will begin transmitting its own laser towards the ground station and the two will lock on to each other. Once that happens, communications can begin.
The ground stations are at White Sands in New Mexico, at a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory site in Wrightwood, California, and a European Space Agency site in Tenerife, Spain.
The technology should allow an upstream data rate, from the Earth to the spacecraft, of around 20Mbps and a much faster downstream rate of 622Mbps. Home Internet speeds typically run from several megabits per second to several tens of megabits per second.
That’s roughly six times the speed that’s currently possible with radio-based transmission, said Cornwell. As a bonus, the laser communications equipment also weighs half that of a radio transmitter and costs about a quarter less, he said.
(See a video version of this story on YouTube.)
Cornwell said he hopes the test is the first step in demonstrating the usefulness of laser communications and building confidence in its use in future missions, including those that go deeper into space. He said laser communications systems get more attractive compared to radio the further the spacecraft travels from Earth because the communications beam can be better focused.
“As you go further out into the solar system, it’s a much more efficient way to get high bandwidth at low power,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science and a former astronaut.
“We’ve already been having discussions about how you could do laser communications on a rover on the surface of Mars,” he said, referencing a NASA mission to Mars planned for 2023.
“This is just the beginning of what will be replacing some of the radio frequency communication in the future,” said Grunsfeld. “I think there is no question that as we send humans further out into the solar system, certainly to Mars, that if we want to have high-def 3D video, we’re going to have laser communications sending that information back.”
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