Pico Projector

Samsung SP-H03 Crams 1GB of Internal Storage in 6 Ounce Box

Samsung SP-H03 Crams 1GB of Internal Storage in 6 Ounce Box

Pico projectors on your cell phone too small? And the rest of the line-up too big? No worries, because Samsung is here to rescue you from the craziness that is the pico projector market. Or, maybe make it even more nuts. Here you have, for lack of a better phrase, a ridiculously small, full-featured projector. And, sure enough, Samsung managed to find a way to make features actually work inside, so check out the rest of the details after the break.

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LuminAR digital desk-lamp packs pico, camera & gesture UI [Video]

LuminAR digital desk-lamp packs pico, camera & gesture UI [Video]

We've seen combinations of pico-projectors and cameras used for new interface systems before - perhaps most memorably the wearable "Sixth Sense" computer - but MIT Media Lab researcher's Natan Linder's LuminAR is perhaps the first to include an angle-poise robot too.  At its core, the "LuminAR bulb" is a pico-projector, a camera and the necessary electronics combined into a standard screw-mount, capable of projecting an interface onto your table or wall and tracking touch and motion gestures you make toward it.  When screwed into a robotic arm, however, the whole thing gets even more impressive.

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3D pico-projectors gather steam: glasses-free by 2012

3D pico-projectors gather steam: glasses-free by 2012

It's 3D all round with pico-projectors these days, as the companies behind the pocketable display devices try to catch a hold of the 3D gravy-train.  Sydiant have taken the easy route for their SID 2010 demonstration this week, taping two regular pico's together with a polarizing film in each; viewers wearing standard 3D glasses see the projected image in three dimensions.  Meanwhile, Aiptek have confirmed that they're planning both glasses and glasses-free pico-projectors for launch over the next couple of years.

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BeamBox Evolution R-2 pico-projector packs 40 lumens brightness

BeamBox Evolution R-2 pico-projector packs 40 lumens brightness

BeamBox have announced their latest pico-projector, and while we're still waiting for the company's MiLi Evolution iPhone-case-cum-projector to arrive, the Evolution R-2 should tide us over.  Based around a 40 lumen LCoS chip, making it one of the brighter picos we've seen, the R-2 has an integrated media player for photos, audio and video (like the Evolution R-1 we reviewed last year) together with both PC/Mac and A/V inputs.

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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.

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