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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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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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