Friday, January 04, 2008

1) For The Money … 2) For The “SHOW”

Microvision’s lensless, iPOD sized, PicoP projector, named “SHOW”, to be unveiled at the 2008 International CES, January 7-10, Las Vegas. Image Credit: Micorvision weblog

1) For The Money … 2) For The “SHOW”

Want to travel for business, deliver presentations, and not have to lug and check-in a whole audio-visual department's worth of heavy equipment into the belly of the jet flight (or fill up the trunk of the Prius) one has to take just to get to the meeting?

Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the world’s smallest image projector - manufactured by Microvision and named “SHOW” - will be formally introduced to the buying public and is expected to be in the stores before the end of the year.

Giving an intimate one-on-one presentation at a Cafe using the SHOW and a PDA/Smartphone. Image Credit: Microvision

The solid state, laser enabled, full color, DVD resolution device is about the size of a typical iPOD and can project and image from about five feet on to a white surface that would be about five feet square.

The reason one might be using a Prius to get to the meeting is that the SHOW is not only small, but energy efficient as well. The SHOW does not require fans to keep it cool or any lenses to project the image keeping the device small and green.

The final product is expected to sell for under $300.00 making it not only small in size, but small in price!

Image Credit: Microvision

This excerpted from PC Magazine -

World's Smallest Projector Set for Launch
by Lance Ulanoff - PC Magazine - CES Preview

Just 12 months after demonstrating a working prototype of the world's smallest projector, Redmond, Wash.-based Microvision is unveiling a fully functioning, self-contained prototype that should be available as a real product—possibly from Motorola—later this year.

Dubbed SHOW, the lensless PicoP projector is designed for home and business use, and uses tiny lasers to shoot a WVGA (848 by 480, roughly DVD resolution) image on virtually any surface that isn't a dark color or textured. It can even project onto curved and uneven surfaces. From a distance of two feet, it could project a two-foot diagonal, full-color image on a white T-shirt. From five feet away, it could show a five-foot image on, say, a white wall or ceiling.

Wii image projected onto a wall in the recreation room. Image Credit: Microvision
It includes a rechargeable battery and can charge and power via USB cable, as well.

Hannigan explained that SHOW is plug and play and should work with any video-out capable devices, including laptops, the iPod touch, and some phones.

SHOW is even something of a green product. Hannigan noted that its three colored lasers turn on only when needed. So unlike the powerful lamps in standard business projectors which are always on during operation, SHOW doesn't need a fan to keep the PicoP-based projector cool. Also, the lack of a physical lens allows Microvision to make SHOW as thin or thinner than your standard cell phone. The rechargeable battery on the prototype lasts about an hour and a half, but Hannigan expects the final product's battery to last almost twice as long.
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