Microvision has decided to debut its new SHOW at next week’s CES. The small plug-and-play color projector connects to your laptop, cell phone, PMP, or other mobile device and can create a WVGA (848 X 480 pixel) screen that can reach up to 100-inches. Microvision also wants to sell its PicoP technology to other companies. Just imagine being able to show up at your next business meeting, pointing your cell phone at the wall, and wowing the boss.
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If you finally got that surround sound system you wanted and would like to turn it into a home theater, Mitsubishi is offering you the chance. Their HC4900 Projector with 1080p (1920 x 1080) features 15,000:1 contrast, 1000 ANSI lumen brightness, a 7500:1 contrast ratio, and can handle both HD and Blu-ray. Knowing about a $500.00 rebate they are offering through January 31, we wandered over to Circuit City online where they listed it for $2,999.99, marked it down $700.00, and with the mail-in rebate you end up with a not too shabby price of $1,799.99.
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Check back to some of those early videos on 60’s shows such as “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo” and look at the far out backgrounds. Now you can have that again with Mathmos Design Studio’s Space Projector. At a size of 9.75 x 9.5-inches, it consists of the gadget itself with a 12V 35mm closed dichroic spot, a 20W Bulb, and one gel. At a price of $129.00 we think it is safe to tell you that we achieved the same effect with a small lamp, and a petri dish filled with water, oil, and food coloring.
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With all the old toys being replaced by electronics, we didn’t even realize that ViewMaster was still around after all these years. But here it is, revamped with remote control and it speaks. The Super Sounds Projector allows kids of all ages to put on a show, and includes character voices, music, and sound effects. Use the wireless infrared remote to auto-advance or you can do it manually. The projector will show images on a wall or 8 foot ceiling and has storage space for 3 sound reels (not included.) The ViewMaster is available for $29.95 and runs on a 2 button cell (included) and 4 AA batteries (not included.) Don’t tell anyone, but we are digging up our old reels that for some reason we could never throw away.
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Epson will finally be releasing its EMP-TW2000 Video Projector. The HD 3LCD device features a contrast ratio of 50000:1, a brightness of 1600 lumens, a 2.1x zoom, and two HDMI ports. One of the higher end projectors, its 1080p Home Cinema Solution utilizes Deep Black, C2 Fine, Opti Focus, and Color Reality III. The EMP-TW 2000 will be available November 22 with a MSRP of $3,000.00. For that price, you had better have some major projects going to justify its purchase.
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Hitachi has unveiled its wireless LCD CP-X608 Projector in Korea, which features a brightness of 4,000 ANSI lumen, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, built-in memory, and auto-slide show, all without the aid of a computer. The multimedia device comes with a bayonet lens mount that will support up to four optional lenses. The projector is compatible with MPEG4, JPEG, PNG, and other files that can be uploaded via USB storage or SD Cards. The company’s newest addition will be available early next month.
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Takara Tomy doesn’t just make animated aquariums for adults/kids. It has also developed this UMate Mangekyo Kaleidoscope, which projects a revolving image onto your wall or ceiling in dazzling colors. The Mangekyo (which means kaleidoscope in Japanese) runs on discs, beads, and other objects placed inside it to create original patterns.You can also turn it into a mini-lamp by closing its lid. Our buds at C Scout tell us that they have seen it in action and that the effect is awesome. Look for its release by the end of the summer.
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Microvision was showing off their new projector technology at CES - that being, the worlds smallest. The new laser powered projector is smaller than a box of matches, yet manages to project a bright DVD quality image from a portable device such as a cell phone, camera, or media player. They won’t be selling directly to consumers, but are aiming their miniscule pixel pusher at device manufacturers wishing to let their users have a screen larger than the pocket sized device they make. Either way, this is truly amazing.