Front projectors are big and noisy and heavy and they put you right to sleep with then conference lights dim and the first PowerPoint slide appears on the screen. Right? Well, front projectors are poised to make a huge impact on both the business and entertainment segments with the new pico projectors. These tiny devices are only about 7 to 10 lumens bright, but they run on battery power and let you watch what you want just about anywhere.
And CES 2009 looked like someone had dropped a pico projector cluster bomb in the South Hall. They were all over the place. One of the coolest has to be the new Samsung MBP200, which looks like a cell phone but is really a media player with a built-in projector (which can even be connected to a cell phone or a laptop). It’s a media player that takes a microSD card, and can show JPEG and GIF images or play MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, and WAV audio files. It supports a range of video codecs, including DivX, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4. It can even display Adobe .pdf and PowerPoint files without a separate computer.
Cooler still, however, is the “Show”, a mobile phone with a pico projector built in is going to start shipping in Korea this month. (No plans were announced for making it available in the U.S.) It is a touchscreen phone with a projector and a five megapixel camera built in. It’s a bit bulkier than the latest iPhone, but it can display an image up to 50 inches diagonal (if you turn the room lights way down). The OLED touchscreen includes haptic feedback.
So now you can project images for your business meeting, watch a movie or TV show in your leisure time, and not have to carry anything but your phone. Pretty cool!