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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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HP pico-projector notebook coming; more slate Tablet PCs

HP pico-projector notebook coming; more slate Tablet PCs

Pico-projectors continue to weasel their way into other gadgets, and next up could be the humble laptop.  According to Monty Wong, vice president and manager of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, HP are planning to release a pico-projector equipped notebook that would likely have the projection module where normally the webcam is positioned.

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AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

Could AT&T be ramping up to begin shipping the pico-projector accessory for the LG eXpo?  The smartphone went on sale December 7th, and is currently sold-out at AT&T's online store, but buyers have been left waiting for the optional snap-on projector; however at least one reviewer over at Geek Zone has received their sample unit.

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RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

The steady trickle of pico-projectors continues with a new model by RoyalTek, the RPJ-2000, tipped to be the first of several from the company in 2010.  The RPJ-2000 uses a second-gen 3M LCoS chipset and is capable of projecting up to a 65-inch image with 14 lumens brightness and 640 x 480 resolution.

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Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Laser pico-projector manufacturer Microvision have been showing off their latest first-person shooter prototype, which straps a PicoP projector to a gun controller and responds to movement.  Players can physically turn around to move their in-game perspective, with the projector's "infinite focus" meaning that the picture is always crisp no matter that the distance between pico and wall keeps shifting.

Video demo after the cut

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Microvision SHOWWX laser pico-projector turns up at Vodafone Spain

Having teased us with the promise of availability of their SHOWWX laser pico-projector back in October, Microvision have now revealed that Vodafone Spain will be the carrier offering the portable projector.  The SHOWWX is on sale now for €289 ($436) excluding tax, or for a reduced amount if you have points under the carrier's loyalty program, and it will be marketed alongside the Nokia N97 mini.

AT&T LG eXpo with detachable pico-projector coming Dec 7th [Updated]

AT&T LG eXpo with detachable pico-projector coming Dec 7th [Updated]

There's no sign of an official press release yet - nor a product page - but AT&T are tipped to have unveiled their latest LG smartphone, the LG eXpo.  A touchscreen Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, the eXpo's secret magic is a detachable Texas Instruments DLP projector, which can be used to project videos, images and webpages.

Update: The LG eXpo product page is now live - thanks Alejandro!

Update 2: Pricing is confirmed at $199 for the LG eXpo itself (assuming a new, two-year contract and a mail-in rebate) and $179 for the pico-projector attachment.

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Fujitsu F-04B modular cellphone with pico-projector gets played with

Fujitsu F-04B modular cellphone with pico-projector gets played with

If you thought you'd seen it all in Nokia's Vision of 2015 video, book a flight to Tokyo and stop by Fujitsu's offices there.  They haven't seen to have got the memo that modular, wirelessly-connected mobile phones with integrated pico-projectors are meant to be the stuff of futurology, not fact, and as such have produced a working version of their F-04B cellphone.  Akihabara have been for a play, and claim it's a brilliant multifunctional device.

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BeamBox MiLi Evolution iPhone Projector gets bargain price-tag

BeamBox MiLi Evolution iPhone Projector gets bargain price-tag

We're so used to seeing pico-projectors integrated into futuristic concepts that have little chance of shipping, that to hear about a product actually headed to shelves is quite unusual.  BeamBox's MiLi Evolution iPhone Projector looks like the sort of thing some industrial designer would use to try to make his name, but the combination iPhone/iPod touch case, projector and charging cradle is actually expected to go up for preorder at the end of November.

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Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson.  The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.

Video demo after the cut

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DigiLife DDV-JF1 HD camcorder with integrated pico-projector

DigiLife DDV-JF1 HD camcorder with integrated pico-projector

No, not a pico-projector with a porthole, but DigiLife's DDV-JF1, the first point-and-shoot pocket camcorder to also integrate a mini projector.  Similar in concept to the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, only concentrating on moving pictures rather than stills, the DDV-JF1 can record up to 1280 x 720 30fps video in H.264 format to SD cards (up to 32GB supported), then display it via the pico-projector hardware at the end.

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Optoma PK-100 Pico-Projector hits virtual shelves

Optoma PK-100 Pico-Projector hits virtual shelves

Optoma's PK-100 pico-projector may not be, at $196.99, exactly a small-change purchase, but the entry-level model does at least bring the ownership hurdle a little lower.  Announced at the start of the month, and now up for sale on Amazon, the PK-100 promises up to a 60-inch image (albeit at a maximum 480 x 320 resolution) and 11 lumens brightness.

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