Not even 24 hours after we found the 3M MPRO110, we discovered Adtec’s AD-MP15A. This mini-projector also uses LED as a light source for 20,000+ hours of usage and works with a/v equipment, laptops and cell phones. The device has 15 lumens of brightness and a 200:1 contrast ratio. At a size of 27 x 58 x 90mm and a weight of 147g, the pocket-sized projector features a built-in 0.3W mono speaker and runs on a Lithium-ion battery that is good for about 40 min. The AD-MP hits Japan’s shelves sometime this month for ¥39,800 (~$427.00.)
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We have shown you a few mini-projectors this year, including the minute Microvision SHOW. Now 3M has unveiled their MPRO110, a battery operated device that can project movies, photos or files. It is compatible with laptops, iPods, digital cameras and mutimedia cell phones with an extra cable. The MPRO features LED technology and can get up to 10,000 hours of use. At a size of 11 x 5 x 2cm, it can fit into your pocket or backpack. The projector carries a MSRP of around $359.00.
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Toshiba has released their TLP-X2000U Projector, supposedly the first one with voice guidance. The wireless 3LCD device audibly assists you with set up and will let you know about system problems such as lamp life, on/off status and cooling fan status. At a weight of only 4.4 lbs., it has close captioning, a multi-screen function, and is Windows Vista compatible. With 3,000 ANSI lumens, XGA (1024x768) resolution, and a 600:1 contrast ratio, talk ain’t cheap. Think $1,739.00 from Toshiba’s online store.
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As cell phones now can do multi-functions such as play music, shop, have GPS and do our email, perhaps it won’t be that far off before the Ply Concept Phone from Hideo Kanbara is more than a prototype. Made of multi-layered plywood (hence, the name,) it features a photo printer, mini-digital projector, and game controller. The phone was recently on display in Harajuku, Japan at the KDDI Designing Studio. The rest of us will just have to wait a while longer to see it.
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Panasonic’s PT-DZ12000 is curiously cooled with a water system. Its four built-in lamps deliver 12,000 lumens that can cast a 600-inch projection from a minimum of 12.4 meters. The projector has curve screen support and recently made its debut at Infocomm 08 in Las Vegas. Panasonic is counting on the device for exhibitions, amusement facilities, and major events. Due out in August, the PT-DZ12000 will carry a whopping price of $69,000.00. At that price, it seems you could simply correct the curved walls.
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.
We don’t know why we continue to show you Hello Kitty stuff, when deep down inside we are screaming “Mommy make it stop!” This time it is a U-Mate Mangekyo Projector/Kaleidoscope that will plaster the face all over your wall or ceiling. The gadget has a speed adjustment and timer, is customizable with beaded inserts and cartridges, and can double as a lamp with its cover on. Available in a limited edition, this HK can invade your private space for $215.00.
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Honlai Technology has unveiled its latest MP100 Mini-Projector. The LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology claims an image capacity of 5 to 37 inches from its 5W LED. It also features a contrast ratio of ~200:1 and brightness of about 10 to 15 lumens. Palmsize, we figure it would be great for traveling, especially if you are doing a presentation at a sci-fi convention. Contact Honlai for a price.
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Summer will be arriving sooner than we think. Why not use that tax refund to make you the envy of your neighbors by turning your backyard into a drive-in theater? The weatherproof Blimpscreen is composed of a perforated vinyl screen, stakes, tethers, and everything else you need to assemble it. Available in all shapes and sizes, they vary from 6 x 8 up to 18 x 24 feet.You add the projector, chairs, popcorn, and admission price. A new Blimpscreen will set you back up to $12,000 dollars, but used ones can be had for as low as $1,595.00.
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Sanyo will soon be releasing its new small and lightweight PLC-XW60 Projector. Only 3.6 lbs., the device is portable and can project a 100-inch image from about 10 ft. away. It also features auto-keystone correction and input signal detection, and an easy off with no need for cooling beforehand. Even niftier is its adjustable color mode for placing images on different surface colors. The PLC-XW60 will be up and running in April with a $795.00 price.
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