Pico Projector

360-degree iPhone 3GS gaming with laser pico-projector [Video]

360-degree iPhone 3GS gaming with laser pico-projector [Video]

Smartphone gaming with accelerometer and digital compass control is great, but adding a pico-projector and making it a whole lot more immersive is, well, a whole lot better.  Soundkite took his iPhone 3GS, jailbroke it and hooked it up to a Microvision ShowWX pico-projector, allowing him to play games that are projected onto a nearby wall, ceiling or floor.  It's not the first time we've seen the laser pico-projector's focus-free abilities exploited in this way, but Soundkite's system gets bonus points for being DIY.

Video demo after the cut

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Chinavision CVOB-E72 pico-projector packs Linux & WiFi for YouTube playback

Chinavision CVOB-E72 pico-projector packs Linux & WiFi for YouTube playback

We've seen pico-projectors with integrated low-power PCs before, but Chinavision's CVOB-E72 goes one step further.  As well as a VGA resolution projector, you also get a Linux-based OS with WiFi b/g, a battery apparently good for up to 2hrs runtime, and a wireless remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard.

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Samsung AMOLED Beam SPH-W9600 projector phone arrives in Korea

Samsung AMOLED Beam SPH-W9600 projector phone arrives in Korea

Samsung seem to be leading the charge when it comes to cellphones with integrated pico-projectors, with yet another new model from the company.  The Samsung AMOLED Beam SPH-W9600 has a 3.3-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and a 9 lumen projector module capable of up to 50-inch images.

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Microvision announces PicoP laser display engine for mobile embedded devices

Microvision announces PicoP laser display engine for mobile embedded devices

Microvision is the company behind that cool Show WX pico laser projector that went up for sale in early March. The company has announced that it has completed the design for a new PicoP laser display engine for embedded mobile applications.

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Apple patent tips iPhone, Airport Express & MacBook with integrated projectors

Apple patent tips iPhone, Airport Express & MacBook with integrated projectors

Just what are Apple doing with pico-projectors in their R&D labs?  Another patent application from the company has been spotted, this time describing various configurations: Apple reckon you could fit a pico-projector into not only an iPhone or iPod, but into an Airport Express style wireless router, a MacBook or a separate accessory.

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Microvision set to ship Show WX pico laser projector in US

Microvision set to ship Show WX pico laser projector in US

There are several pico projectors that you can buy in American already. Most of them are OK if you use them in the right conditions, which is a very dark room. If you need to use the things in a room with much light, you are out of luck in most instances.

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Optoma PK201 & PK301 HDMI pico-projectors hit preorder

Optoma PK201 & PK301 HDMI pico-projectors hit preorder

Aching for some new pico-projectors in your life?  If you've a reasonably stuffed wallet and a little patience, you'll be pleased to hear that Optoma's two newest pico's are up for preorder on Amazon.  The Optoma PK201 and PK301 each use Texas Instrument's latest WVGA 854 x 480 DLP chip, and certainly update the connectivity we're used to seeing on this mini-projectors: as well as the reasonably common A/V port there's USB, VGA and even HDMI.

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Kodak Sponsored Studio project life-blogging headset

Kodak Sponsored Studio project life-blogging headset

Could all the Golden-i wearable computer need to be more consumer-friendly be a dashing hat?  Probably not quite - after all, there's still the rather noticeable eyepiece to take into account - but William Gerwin's Kodak Sponsored Studio project does do a better job at removing some of the geek-factor to a wearable system.

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Samsung Beam I8520 projector-phone hands-on [Video]

Samsung Beam I8520 projector-phone hands-on [Video]

Slapping a pico-projector module into a phone isn't exactly new, but Samsung's Beam I8520 is perhaps the first that has us truly tempted.  The smartphone - formerly known by its "Halo" codename - ticks plenty of the boxes many shop for handsets by: it runs Android 2.1 on a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display with capacitive touchscreen, and has an 8.1-megapixel camera on the back complete with an LED flash.  On top of Android Samsung have used their TouchWiz 3.0 UI, and while we've never been especially big fans - in comparison to other manufacture-specific software environments - the whole thing moves along at a decent lick of speed.

Of course, the real interest here is the integrated pico-projector.  Samsung have used a Texas Instruments DLP module running at WVGA resolution, just like the Beam's own AMOLED display, and it's triggered by holding down a button on the right-hand side.  Whatever's on the main display can be projected, and the Beam's pico has a 6 lumen brightness rating.

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Texas Instruments unveils new nHD DLP Pico chipset at MWC

Texas Instruments unveils new nHD DLP Pico chipset at MWC

Of all the advancements in smartphones and feature phones over the last year or so, one of the most exciting is the integration of pico projectors inside mobile phones. Adding a projector inside a mobile phone opens a new world of viewing possibilities for mobile games and video.

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Generic Mini USB pico projector is cheapest in the land

Generic Mini USB pico projector is cheapest in the land

There is a lot to like about pico projectors in theory, but in use, they leave a lot to be desired with the tech available today. The promise of a pico projector is that you can take them anywhere with minimal bulk and watch films or give presentations with a larger viewable image. The big issue with every pico projector I have used is that they aren’t bright enough.

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AAXA L1 laser pico-projector: focus-free but madly expensive

AAXA L1 laser pico-projector: focus-free but madly expensive

Pico-projector company AAXA have outed their latest model, and the L1 carves a niche for itself by using LCoS laser technology rather than the more usual DLP.  The AAXA L1 is capable of projecting up to a 20-lumens 50-inch picture at 800 x 600 resolution, and thanks to the lasers it's all focus-free: no frustrating focus wheel to twiddle, just point and go.  In fact it can even project clearly onto curved surfaces.

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