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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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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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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

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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