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