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Portronics Progenie pico projector review: A bit expensive, but good image quality

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Just yesterday we were in a situation in office where a projector would have added so much value to whatever we were doing. But despite the giant leaps this particular technology has made, there is still a lot amiss when it comes to convenience and practicality. This is why over the past many years a new segment of Pico projectors has been making big strides. Pico projectors are really handy and portable enough to come inside any backpack. We just tested the Portronics Progenie.

Portronics Progenie review

The Portronics Progenie is a 100 Lumens, 854x480p resolution projector about the size of a small watch box. It can throw images up to 80 inches in size, but is just 200 grams in weight. The Portronics Progenie comes with a remote, a small tripod to prop it up and the ability to play from HMDI, USB and a card reader. It has an inbuilt speaker as well as an auxiliary out option.

 

Portronics Progenie price in India: Rs 29,999

Portronics Progenie: What is good?

Well, we will have to start with the size for that is clearly what makes this a unique product. No, this is not the first projector that is this small, but this is certainly among the few pico projectors that can pack in so many features. Just the choice of sources was good enough for me to be interested the Progenie.

The image quality is good, though I would have liked it to be Full HD. There is a focus dial on the side to easily get the clarity you need. It worked well, though I did not have a screen to project on. The 100 Lumens is good enough to overpower an off-white wall and make content the king. Thankfully, you do not have to play around with keystone adjustments to get the image shape right and just keeping the projector in the right place helps.

Controlling the projector is easy and there is remote which can do most of the stuff. There are some controls on the side of the box too. But this is among the most uncomplicated projectors I have seen. It is as easy as select source, find file and start playing when it is from the USB or SD card and a simple plug-and-play from HDMI. There are easy settings for picture quality too, but don’t expect too much here. Also, this projector has a fan inside that keeps it relatively cool even after a longish movie screening.

Portronics Progenie: What is not that good?

The projector couldn’t recognise the media files I tried to play via a USB drive. So you will need to be a bit choosy about the kind of formats you save your files in.

I know it is a bit of wishful thinking and doesn’t really work with projectors, but some amount of battery backup for a device like this will come in really handy for those who will buy this device.

Portronics Progenie: Should you buy?

If you are someone who is always on the move and needs to keep presenting stuff to a larger audience, the Portronics Progenie might be a good device to have in your bag. While this is good for homes too, I am not sure people who want to watch movies on a larger canvas would like to invest is a Pico projector as a larger, more powerful device makes more sense for them. However, I feel the Progenie is a bit expensive at Rs 29,999 and you should have a really good reason to pay a premium for the portability.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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