IMAX's New Laser Projectors Make Me Wish I Lived In a Movie Theater

Surround sound and 4K TVs are great for watching movies at home, but there's still nothing like sitting in front of a gigantic screen in an IMAX theater. I recently got an exclusive first look at the company's next-generation digital laser projectors, and I walked away from the experience wanting to see every single… » 3/05/15 2:43pm 3/05/15 2:43pm

New Laser Projector Makes 3D Images That Hang In Mid-Air

Maybe the solution to touchscreen displays that don't get washed out in direct sunlight is to skip the screen altogether. Researchers at Aerial Burton are working to perfect a new kind of display technology that uses lasers to produce 3D pixelated images that appear to hang in mid-air and are still visible no matter… » 10/29/14 8:56am 10/29/14 8:56am

You Don't Need To Be a Bridezilla To Want an Animated Wedding Cake

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Disney has a whole division at its theme parks dedicated to making fairy tale weddings a reality. But what is surprising is the awesome technology those wedding planners have at their disposal, like wonderful projection-mapped cakes that make it look as if the frosting is… » 10/01/14 10:54am 10/01/14 10:54am

Sony's Rad Short Throw 4K Projector Is Coming to the US (Update: $50K)

Back at CES we got a first look at a prototype for a short throw projector that lets you light up a wall even if you don't have a lot of space to beam the image across a room. Today, we learned that it's coming to the United States this month. Heck yeah! » 9/03/14 11:11am 9/03/14 11:11am

Turning a Wall Into an Android "Touchscreen" With a Pocket Projector

Touchjet first showed off a concept version of its phablet-sized Touchpico projector at CES 2014. Now, the Android-powered Wi-Fi device is nearly ready for production. We got to play with a preproduction model at Gizmodo's office, ahead of the launch of TouchPico's crowdfunding campaign. » 7/28/14 9:00am 7/28/14 9:00am

Projectors Could Turn Your Tiny Apartment Into a Goggle-Less Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift promises to make Star Trek TNG's holodeck a reality, but only in your head. You can't spend every moment of your life with a goofy visor strapped to your face, and that's why this alternate approach to the holodeck—using projectors to make a tiny non-descript room appear massive—seems far more… » 7/18/14 3:18pm 7/18/14 3:18pm

Short-Throw Touchscreen Projector Means There's No Remote To Lose

Mounting projectors near the ceiling of a conference room keeps them out of the way, but it also means you're almost completely dependent on a remote if you need to tweak any settings. If it goes missing, it's time to find a ladder. Or, switch to Epson's new EB-595WT short-throw projector which features built-in… » 5/23/14 3:00pm 5/23/14 3:00pm

A Ball-Tracking Projector Lets You Juggle With Stars and Planets

There hasn't been much innovation in the world of juggling since the chainsaw was invented. But thanks to the work of Hiroaki Yamaguchi and Hideki Koike, who created a real-time tracking and projection system that can bring balls to life, busking is about to get interesting again. » 5/16/14 9:24am 5/16/14 9:24am

A Cardboard Projector That's Perfect For Your Papier Mâché Media Room

A projector is a popular choice for home theater enthusiasts who like to pretend they're at the cinema. But projectors can be loud, hot, finicky, and expensive. Unless you're ok with a model made from cardboard that you never even have to plug in. It must involve magic, right? Think again. » 3/18/14 1:20pm 3/18/14 1:20pm

Overhead Laser Lights That Illuminate With Images and Video

As far as giant corporations go, it's usually Sony that's willing to a take risk on an unorthodox new product. But this time it's Panasonic's turn with the company's new Space Player that combines overhead lighting with compact projectors letting you project everything from different colors, to still images, to videos… » 3/16/14 3:00pm 3/16/14 3:00pm

A Tiny HD DLP Chip Could Finally Put a Projector in Your Phone

Concerns over battery life aside, the real reason your smartphone doesn't have a built-in projector yet is because it would add too much thickness to the device. And because shaving millimeters helps add to a smartphone's appeal, Texas Instruments might have finally found a way to convince handset makers to include a… » 2/24/14 11:00am 2/24/14 11:00am

Eyes On: Sony's Ultra Short-Throw 4K Projector Sure Lights Up a Room

Earlier today Sony announced a new short-throw digital projector that lies within a sleek credenza-like rectangle, and shines glorious 4K video against the wall it's up against. We got to feast our eyes on a demo at the Sony booth today. It's lovely. » 1/07/14 7:25pm 1/07/14 7:25pm

Sony's Dreamy Life Space UX Projector Beams a 4K Display from Up Close

Sony just announced a super slick projector called the 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that'll be able to turn any wall into a 4K display. It's a part of Sony's new Life Space UX What's cool about the projector is that it's placed right next to a wall instead of behind your head. And that it uses lasers! » 1/07/14 2:35pm 1/07/14 2:35pm

This Screen Can Display 2D and 3D Images At the Same Time

With most 3D TVs you'll see a headache-inducing double image unless you're wearing a pair of polarizing or shutter glasses. But researchers from the Shirai Lab at Japan's Kanagawa Institute of Technology have developed a remarkable screen that can display both 2D and 3D images at the same time, without the… » 11/22/13 10:10am 11/22/13 10:10am

LUMO Interactive Projector Turns Bedrooms Into Science Centers

Even though they're mostly designed for kids, it's impossible to resist those installations where camera-equipped projectors shine an interactive projection on the ground. But there's no shame in enjoying one in your own home, because the company behind many of those creations is officially launching a consumer… » 10/25/13 7:00pm 10/25/13 7:00pm

This Piano Projector Makes Playing Keyboards as Easy as Rock Band

Learning to play a new instrument is an exciting endeavour until you get caught up in the hours of mind-numbing practice required to get proficient. But if learning the piano is up next on your bucket list, you'll be desperate to get your hands on this clever projection system that makes learning the ivories… » 10/07/13 9:40am 10/07/13 9:40am

A Projector Camera That Adds Wacky Animations Can't Just Be for Kids

Photography is a lovely hobby for adults who've developed the requisite patience to wait for the perfect shot. But for kids? Not so much. They demand more instant gratification, so Hasbro has created the Showcam, a digital camera targeted at kids that lets them add effects and hilarious animations to photos, and even… » 10/02/13 11:40am 10/02/13 11:40am

A 10-Second Bomb-Defusing Game Puts Red Wire/Blue Wire in Your Hands

For a coding contest where competitors had a limited amount of time to come up with a novel game that plays out in just 10 seconds, SassyBot Studio created this stressful-looking bomb defusing challenge that has players trying to figure out what wire to snip. » 9/11/13 9:27am 9/11/13 9:27am

This Projector Lets You Tweak the Colors of Printed Materials

For the most part, once something's been printed—a photo, a map, an article—there's not much you can do to change it. And for person's dealing with visual impairments, that can be a problem. So researchers at Wakayama University in Japan have developed a projector system that allows print materials to be adjusted,… » 9/05/13 2:37pm 9/05/13 2:37pm

The New Chip That Will Help Beam Displays Right at Your Eyes

Back at CES, Texas Instruments announced a new chip architecture for portable projectors. Now it's rolling out its first chip with that tech built-in. What's that mean for you? Better pictures to beam into your eyes. » 9/05/13 1:03pm 9/05/13 1:03pm