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Pocket Cinema

September 28, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing

Okay, this is not HDTV, but it’s too cool to miss. The Next Big Thing in front projectors is really something small: pocket projectors. A number of models are available, but the newest arrival is the BumbleBee from Boxlight. This projector is small — 4.75 “x 3.9″ x 1.9” — and weighs less than a pound. How small is that? Think about half the size of a small paperback novel. That’s small!

The projector has SVGA resolution, so it’s only capable of projecting an EDTV resolution image, but it should do a fine job on DVD movies. It can handle 720p and 1080i signals, but will scale them down to fit its resolution. The light source is an LED lamp rated at 20,000 hours, so you’ll probably never have to replace it. And it lists for $799.

This is not a projector that you’d want to build a home theater around, but it gives new meaning to “portable projector” and I expect that people will find lots of new ways to put tiny projectors like this to work in a variety of tasks. How would you use one?