Buying a home projector sounds easy at first: You get a screen, you get a projector, you aim it at the screen – and presto, theater-like movie time! But reality quickly teaches us that home projectors are very cool, but also a little complicated. They don't follow the same rules as TV screens, and they have extra features to consider and choose between.
We talk to Microvision about their Pico projector line of products at GDGT Seattle. Get a look at devices like the Microvision ShowWX series - these projectors are about as thin and small as your smartphone, but yet project images up to 100-inches in size, while remaining in constant focus.
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Over the past couple of days, the Internets have been going crazy with rumors that Nikon was coming out with a camera that included a projector, and the device has finally come to fruition. The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is the first camera to ship with an LED-powered projector that can make a 40-inch image for slideshows with music, effects, and even transitions. The camera also includes a 12.1 megapixel sensor, ISO 6400 sensitivity, and a 5x wide-angle Zoom-Nikkor lens with five-way VR stabilization. No release date has been announced, but we expect it very soon at the price of $430 for the US, and $699 in Australia.
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Projectors are making quite a splash in the consumer gadgets market these days, and many of them are getting smaller. This is especially true of the Beambox Essential G2, which weighs in a mere 75 grams.
Anything that you want to project is possible with just a USB connection, which can serve as the primary power source. It can also hold some images and some video with 1GB worth of storage space. The LED bulb produces 20 lumens, and will last for 30,000 hours.
The Beambox Essential G2 can be purchase from the BeamBox site for about $250. It comes with a mini-tripod, a remote control, as well as driver software.
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Sega will have a new projector out this August, with a decided twist. The 190×205×200mm portable device has the ability to show electronic fireworks on your wall or ceiling. With a library of 55 different virtual displays, it is powered by 3 AAA batteries. Not many details were given out besides its ¥15,540 price (~$160.00,) but here’s what we are thinking: If you have ever seen an electronic fireworks greeting card, it gets rather annoying after the first thirty seconds. Ooh, ahh.
Of course the Microsoft Surface is a gimme, but the X-Desk may be some competition. It is 52-inches, as opposed to MS’s 30-inch surface, and also reacts to multi-touch input and zoom. Interact with maps and images and play media files. It can also be used with PMPs and cell phones via Bluetooth. The X-Desk, which was developed by Impressx and Engage and runs with Epson 3 LCD projectors, will cost you $20,000, about the same as the Surface.
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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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If you’re tired of watching movies on your iPod’s tiny screen you may be excited by this innovation: the Optoma Pico Projector is a pocket-sized projector which runs on batteries and can project images and videos from a variety of sources like iPod, iPhone, digital cameras, cellphones and DVD players with 480x320 resolution and a maximum screen size of 65 inches at 8.5 feet. It uses a non-replaceable 20,000 hour LED lamp and a DLP chip from Texas Instruments. The battery lasts for 90 minutes and can be recharged through USB or with its own power cord. The device weighs four ounces and comes with a built-in speaker which is practically useless – its primary flaw. If you want one, it goes on sale in two weeks and will cost $430, which should clear up some space in your pocket.
Canon has two new REALiS Professional Projectors. The WUX10 has a WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200) and is top of the line. Their REALiS SX80 has a hi-res SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) with PictBride connectivity. Both have LCOS reflective LCD panels for what they say eliminates the “screen door effect” and AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine for higher brightness level and better contrast. Finally, both have 1.5x powered zoom/focus lenses. Look for an October debut with the WUX10 with a whopping MSRP of $12,999.00. The SX80 will be available this month for $3,999.00.
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