Not too long ago, it looked like projectors were picking up speed and heading into the mainstream market. They were even being built into phones. But then that phase seemed to get passed over relatively quickly. One market that seems to have shied away from the projector, is the tablet market. To some, a projector and a tablet would make the perfect bed fellows. MSI apparently agrees with those folks, and have created a prototype device that, at least right now, runs Windows 7 and is powered by Intel.
While we've seen plenty of devices that look like a small wristwatch with technology that's certainly not limited to just a watch, it's still not that infamous Dick Tracy watch that so many people want on their wrist. According to a new report from Mercury News, Hewlett-Packard (HP) is ready to move their prototype flexible display technology to the next level, and offer up a prototype "Dick Tracy wristwatch" to the United States Army.
Android has really blown up since its slow initial start. You can find the OS inside hoards of smartphones and tablets today and Android is starting to show up in places you might not expect at all. One of those unexpected places is inside a new prototype cycling computer from Pioneer.
Japanese wireless charging company Murata has demonstrated a new contactless-charging system for the iPad, though it uses an external case rather than integrating inside the Apple slate. The unnamed prototype consists of a 2mm thick plastic case, and Murata says it will recharge the iPad just as quickly as the regular mains adapter would.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company considered a 3D gaming handheld as far back as the Game Boy Advance SP, but axed the project at the prototype stage over concerns the stereoscopic effect was insufficient. Speaking in an interview with other Nintendo execs this week, Iwata discussed precursors to the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, as well as letting slip that the Nintendo GameCube was 3D-capable all the way back in 2001.
Toshiba has been demonstrating its glasses-free 3D TV technology at CES 2011, though the company is at pains to point out that it'll be a while before the system makes its way into a commercial product. The 56-inch prototype 4K HDTV uses a lenticular display which, from certain angles, allows you to see a 3D picture without needing to wear polarizing or shutter glasses. We have to agree with Toshiba on this one, it's not ready for prime-time, but it does have promise.
An ebay listing for a prototype of Apple original Macintosh Portable has been spotted, with the rare unit yet to see a single bid. Marked as a demonstration machine, the unit has at least one obvious difference from the 1989 commercial version, with its trackball shifted to the left of the keyboard.
Sony has been showing off its latest professional 3D camcorder prototype, and it certainly looks like it could beat Panasonic's AG-AF100 in a fight. DigInfo caught up with the twin-lens shoulder mount camcorder in Japan recently, and while Sony are playing coy with the full specifications, they have suggested it will be ready in time for a 2011 release.
Video demo after the cut
We'd already been warned to rein in our expectations about the Sony Ericsson ANZU - aka the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X12 - and an early preview by Mobile-Review seems to illustrate why. After putting a pre-production prototype through its paces, they reckon Sony Ericsson's plans to take on the HTC Desire HD with the 4.3-inch XPERIA X12 are "suicide".