Last week, Toshiba announced their TDP-FF1AU projector. (Where do these companies get their model names? Imagine if Detroit were to name their cars this way!) It has 800 by 600 pixel resolution (SVGA) so it can display EDTV images without a problem, making it suitable for DVDs. It uses a DLP imager, and it has a $699 estimated price. So far, that’s pretty familiar. But it runs on rechargeable batteries for up to two hours, uses a solid-state LED light source instead of a traditional lamp, and is about the size of a paperback book. It weighs 1.7 pounds, about one-third of which is the battery. It even comes with a foldable 23″ display screen. It even has a USB port so you can show photos or make a presentation without a computer.
This advances the “personal display” market, and while it’s not clear how people will use them — or if they will use them at all — this is an exciting step in the pocket projector market.