Short-throw projector previewed by Haier at IFA 2014

Last week's IFA consumer electronics show saw a raft of new innovations and it was no different in the projector industry as companies displayed their latest work at the event.

Among them was the Chinese consumer electronics giant Haier, which was showing off its new device, a short-throw Android projector that does not yet have a name.

Haier displayed the device to attendees of the giant IFA event and expects the projector to be on sale at some point in the next nine months, although a firm release date has not been announced by the company so far.

Texas Instruments DLP and LED technology have both been used by Haier for the short-throw Android projector, which could improve the bulb's lifespan by a factor of ten, reports TechRadar.

Haier claims that a 60-inch picture can be projected on to a wall via the device from a distance of just five centimetres, indicating the power of the machine. When the distance from the wall is increased to a metre, the projector creates a massive 150-inch image.

Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA and DVI inputs are all included in the unnamed device, which also has a microSD card and will support Miracast. Users will also be able to control the device from an app on their smartphone in a move that is becoming increasingly common within the projector industry.

As well as projectors, Haier manufactures a wide range of products such as combi fridge-freezers, smart air conditioners, televisions and tablet computers.

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