BeamBox's 30-lumen Evolution R1 pico-projector doesn't officially begin shipping until the start of April, but SlashGear managed to acquire one ahead of the launch. Measuring a short, sturdy 108 x 59 x 28mm and tipping the scales at 175g, the R1's party trick is not only projecting external AV sources up to 100-inches at 640 x 480 resolution, but content from its own onboard media player.
Unboxing video and first-impressions after the cut
Pre-orders for the Beambox Evolution R-1 pico-projector are now being taken, with deliveries expected to begin on April 1st. The Evolution R-1 is capable of projecting a 100-inch image at up to 640 x 480 resolution, and has both 1GB onboard memory and a microSD card slot for loading more content.
Compare to an established standard-size projectors, the Pico versions still have long journey to playing catch up in the brightness and color reproduction areas. But we’ve seen its popularity recently increased from a short few months, even DisplayLink is thinking about developing its USB-display chip for the use of Pico projector. This week, another one shown up from Japan, and is equipped with Lcos technology.
Pico-projectors are growing in popularity and number, but less impressive is their typical resolution and brightness. That could all change, though, if Maradin's miniaturized laser-diode projector (MLP) technology gains a foothold; based on MEMS projector tech, the system uses a low-powered laser beam to produce what are reportedly high-resolution, quality footage.
Sanko branded Miseal mini projector has a unique cube structure that fits in the palm of your hand, rather than the typical handheld size and shape pico projectors we’ve seen to date. What is intriguing is a snap-in matching docking with extra juice to supply additional 2 watts of power for bigger sound.
Texas Instruments may have wowed at CES last month with their pico-projector modules, but they certainly won't have the whole market to themselves. At Mobile World Congress next week, Explay will launch their Colibri mobile-projection module, a compact projector capable of creating a 70-inch image at VGA, WVGA or SVGA resolutions.
A group of MIT students have developed a wearable computer that projects its display onto any nearby surface, and is controlled by hand gestures and voice-recognition. A prototype was demonstrated at TED this week, capable of projecting a watch face onto the user's wrist after they trace a circle over it, capturing images framed by their fingers, and pulling up information about an individual and projecting it onto them during conversation.
Video demos after the cut
The ultra compact Optoma Pico projector PK101 with TI-DLP technology has been available from amazon online (listed as EP-PK-101) for quite some time now. The package bundled with an iPod/iPhone/iTouch enabled docking to enable video and audio to the Optoma, the manufacturer has today announced a new breed of much dedicated A/V cable with similar function for the use of Apple products.
While visiting CES 2009, the folks from Luminus gave me a short 5 minutes walk-though on their PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. I was more impressed with water-cooled Chi Lin and Vivitek full-feature projectors; but after a second look on the mini-projectors’ throwing images, I have to say the composes of three individual LED chips were not joke when it came to brightness and color reproduction. It can throw 100 of lumen and claim 20k hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than my home projector. If you want to give it spin, BenQ has recently announced the availability of GP1 Pocket Projector, which incorporated Luminous PhlatLight’s PT-39 chipset and Texas Instruments DLP technology to produce the on-the-go mobile beamer at its best.