European researchers are working on 3D technology that does not require a pair of those nerdy glasses and can be viewed from several angles. A project nicknamed HOLOVISION which ended in April of last year was replaced by OSIRIS, which will continue through the end of the year. The resolution is said to be about 10x HDTV with projection engines driven by 9 high-end PCs and holographic imaging film being used. Expect this to not be accessible to the masses for awhile as the first applications will probably be in industry and/or science.
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Now I realize you’ve been drooling over those new mini-projectors for a while now, but if you’d rather have an extra-large experience and already own a normal projector, you’re in luck:
Remember that “velvety” inflatable couch you had in college? Well, we’ve found you the perfect TV to go along with it – the Open Air Cinema 16 Foot Inflatable Movie Screen. The 16ft x 9ft, widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, 20-pound inflatable movie screen is the perfect compliment to any backyard (if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, ahem). Just don’t go filling it with helium - that’s a very, very bad idea; this potential balloon is available at an introductory price of $999, or purchase their CineBox Home complete backyard theater system which includes projection, sound and all necessary cables for $3,299 - you’ll instantly have the most popular backyard on the block and you can recoup the expense by charging admission and selling refreshments…
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Busy Honlai has another mini-projector to add to their line. On display at Computex Taipei 2008, the QingBar MP101 was built for the iPhone and iPod and doubles as a dock. At a size of 76 x 102 x 54mm, it features a screen size of 15 to 27-inches, a VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with 16.7 million colors, a 2W speaker, and a 5W LED with a lamp life of over 20,000 hrs. Available in black or red, no word yet on price.
The iPod dock of the week is made by SoundMaster. The Projecting Alarm Clock conveniently charges your music machine while it is playing or while you sleep. It is compatible with those models that have a dock connection such as the mini, photo, nano, and video and has its own subwoofer and two tweeters. The device also has an easy-to-read, projecting, blue LCD display and comes with 7 adapters, an audio input cable, and an AC adapter. The clock can be yours for $99.95.
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Don’t want to get out of bed to find who is calling at an ungodly hour? You need the Projection Telephone. The device will show name and number on either your wall or ceiling with its LED and has a total lifespan of ~100,000 hours. Featuring an inductive switch, it carries a price of $29.15. It’s products like this that makes you happy that land lines still exist. About all we can do with our cell phone is turn it off before we retire or hope that callers are smart enough not to interrupt our beauty sleep.
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Let the force be with you, even at night. The Darth Vader Alarm Clock projects the time onto the ceiling, with a red snooze alarm button that doubles as a nightlight. Of course Darth’s lightsaber also lights up, just in case you can’t sleep and want a middle of the night challenge to the evil dude. Available next month, $29.99 is a small price to pay to contribute to your Star Wars collection of useless, yet beloved memorabilia.
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Takara Tomy will soon be back on the market with the Ani-Light. This animated aquarium features fish, dolphin, and other ocean inhabitants swimming around. You can access their movements by watching the projection on your ceiling. We understand that they form the time before returning to their depths. Once the hatch is closed, you can get a fishy view on the face of the globe. So far there is no release date or price for the prototype Ani-Light, but we will keep on the alert for the illuminating gadget.
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