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The Pocket-Sized Projector Has Arrived

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the wistful-longing-fills-my-chest-cavity dept.

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mallumax writes "David Pogue of New York Times has reviewed the Pico, which is a pocket projector from Optoma. The review is quite entertaining (Pogue projects the images on to a plane's ceiling, leaving passengers baffled) and detailed. The highlights are: It is a pocket-sized projector which runs on batteries and can project images and videos from a variety of sources like iPhone, iPod and DVD players with a 480x320px resolution, with a maximum screen size of 65 inches at 8.5 feet. It uses a non-replaceable 10,000 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 115g and comes with an inbuilt speaker which is practically useless. If you want one, it will set you back by $430."

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Our New Leader Has Arrived (-1, Offtopic)

Leftist Troll (825839) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664391)

After eight years of suffering under Bush, we finally have a new President - Barack Hussein Obama. America as we know it has changed forever. Now that the arduous campaign has ended, President-elect Obama can begin preparing for governance. After working with the Bush administration to ensure a smooth transition of power, the Obama administration will need to begin the process of healing a sorely divided country.

To this end, the most important priority for an incoming Obama administration needs to be education. Children need to learn from an early age about his glorious struggle for the presidency, with fantastical accounts of how the courageous Obama defeated first the mighty Hillary machine, then a time-tested McCain with only the power of Hope, bringing an end to racism once and for all. Most importantly, we need to impress on them the urgency of supporting our leader in this important period of change and opportunity, and during his subsequent administrations.

However, children are not the only ones in need of more education. Many adults, bitterly clinging to their guns and bibles, are expecting the worst from an Obama presidency. Rather than confirm their worst fears, we should take steps to educate these confused, bigoted and ignorant people.

The most difficult aspect of this will be convincing these counter-Obama Americans to attend the educational seminars. The practical solution is to keep a central list of registered Republicans, being sure to take note of vocal conservatives both in print and on the web. Camps will then be constructed outside of the educational facilities, with separate areas constructed for med, women and children so as to maximize efficiency without the distraction of family. While many may protest at first, after being exposed to the educational program, they will soon come to realize that Obama only has their best interest at heart.

Of coarse, the first concern most conservatives will have about this plan will be, "how are we going to pay for it?", and rightly so. With our economy near ruin and our budget out of control, the next President will have to take fiscal responsibility seriously. Thankfully, this will not be an unfunded mandate; money will come from two sources.

First, taxes will be raised on certain businesses, primarily on tradesmen such as carpenters and plumbers. In the new Obama economy, these trades will take a back seat to the sate-run endeavors that will bring about 0% unemployment. Secondly, subjects in the camps will work approximately 80 hours a week on public works projects in addition to their rigorous educational schedule. This will not only eliminate the need for external funding, but will provide labor and funding for other Obama programs.

Two days after the election of the first black President, I only hope that all Americans, regardless of their current political orientation, can put the hate behind us and get behind our new leader. Thank you and god bless.

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664847)

Thank you and god bless.

You had me until that part. Sorry, bro, no brownie points for you.

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (0, Offtopic)

tmosley (996283) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665283)

The "g" was lower case, so I can only assume he was referring to Apollo, or perhaps Thor.

Although why he's asking characters from popular Scifi Channel series to bless them is beyond me.

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664917)

Poor form sir, poor form. What good is a paranoid rant without some mention of jew bankers, the international money cartel, black helicopters, and the plan to turn Mississippi into an al-quaeda training camp?

-1: discredit to the white race.

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665141)

two days after his election we can watch the economy tumble further. we're doomed but that's ok because we finally got a black president. that's all that matters.

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665515)

That's only the fat, greedy, whitebread dickhead speculators punishing the common man for electing a president who will stand up for the people against the best interests of the greedy speculating fat fucks who drove gas up to 5 bucks a gallon and stole the common man's retirement accounts to stuff Wall Street's already fat ass.

No more free lobster and filet mignon for the financial institutions and other pigs feeding from the money trough: You and your crony-ass friends are on your way out. You have no chance make your time. So begins a new era, the age of the Common Man(tm).

Re:Our New Leader Has Arrived (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665309)

The most difficult aspect of this will be convincing these counter-Obama Americans to attend the educational seminars. The practical solution is to keep a central list of registered Republicans, being sure to take note of vocal conservatives both in print and on the web. Camps will then be constructed outside of the educational facilities, with separate areas constructed for med, women and children so as to maximize efficiency without the distraction of family. While many may protest at first, after being exposed to the educational program, they will soon come to realize that Obama only has their best interest at heart.

Sounds good to me!

AC/DC (5, Funny)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664397)

Angus Young has already said he wants one. Something about it having its very own power chord, I guess.

Re:AC/DC (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664833)

it plays its powerchord through its inbuilt speaker. i don't know what an inbuilt speaker is, but maybe they meant inbred. in which case, it should prove popular with the AC/DC fanbase

Re:AC/DC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664957)

...Hoo-ooh, reaching. You'll get there.

Re:Chord/Cord (1)

danahyatt (1401725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665659)

Sooooo funny uvajed_ekil. I hope you always find a place to plug-in your cord.

The lamp is non-replaceable? (0)

suso (153703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664663)

A non-replaceable lamp on an LCD projector? No thanks.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (3, Insightful)

digitalchinky (650880) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664693)

It's a laser, so it should last like, 40 million hours or something. A tad longer than your average incandescent bulb.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665339)

When will LEDs hit 'big' projectors (720p+)? I'm pondering a home theater setup, but the cost of bulbs is turning me off. Especially when I remember in school if you didn't shut down properly or bumped the overhead, Poof.

Second. Where are all the 'important' stats on this projector? Lumens, Contrast Ratio, etc.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665513)

You could try building your own! You'll need an array of them, and a heat sink. Probably a parabolic reflector too, but very doable.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664697)

It's an LED with an anticipated life of 20,000 hours. That's, like, a war-crime's amount of PowerPoint.

Can 'War Crime' be a unit of measurement for terribleness and quantity?

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664987)

I accidentally modded you redundant while trying to click insightful. So here i am posting to eliminate the moderation. That being said, mod parent up.

Re:Mod parent up (2, Informative)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665381)

Posting AC doesn't undo moderation.

Re:Mod parent up (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665427)

And yet there is no more redundant modifier on the great-grandparent post. You sir, are wrong.

Re:Mod parent up (1)

Enki X (1315689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665509)

No he isn't. Somebody else just "fixed it for ya"

Re:Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665639)

... which was the point of his AC post

Just stop yourself.

Re:Mod parent up (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665595)

Yes it does, if you're posting while logged in to your account. The only way to *not* undo moderation is to make sure you're posting from a browser that's not logged into your account.

Re:Mod parent up (1)

wastedlife (1319259) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665607)

It does if you are logged in and click the checkbox to Post Anonymously instead of signing out. Being signed out might still do it if they base it on IP or session info, but I can't say for sure.

Re:Mod parent up (2, Funny)

Smauler (915644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665709)

A little known fact about /. : Anonymous Coward actually has infinite mod points, but since he can't help but post to every discussion, he reverts all his modding.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665005)

Power Point? Who the hell is going to be using this thing for Power Point?

Sheesh, it fits in a your pants pocket. So does a video iPod. Add porn to this lovely mixture. Do I have to say anything more?

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665391)

+ -pants.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665617)

The term you're looking for is "genocidal".

On a related note, using powerpoint with an ingenious device like this one should amount to some civil offense in a district court.. abuse of technology or something. It is quite clear was this device was made for.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (5, Funny)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664717)

It sure is replaceable! Only $430!

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664843)

$430 to keep pens from leaking onto my shirt? No thanks...

Parent is funny. (2, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665397)

"Pocket projector."
I can't believe no one made this pun before now.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (4, Insightful)

DigitalCrackPipe (626884) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664929)

That's not much more than the cost to replace my *replacable* lamp for my home theater projector. Which is rated for only about 3k-5k hours.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664953)

meh, typical projector bulbs can run $300-$500 anyway. (That is also one of the many drawbacks of DLP TVs)

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665183)

It sure is replaceable! Only $430!

The $430 price is only for new adopters. It'll be $19.95 by the time you have to replace it.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665445)

+1 insightful

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (0)

Rayban (13436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664737)

It's 20,000 hours. Short, but that's 250 8-hour days of continuous use.

Mostly likely it's a 50-70% lumen lifetime too, so it's still somewhat useful beyond that.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (4, Informative)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664791)

It's 20,000 hours. Short, but that's 250 8-hour days of continuous use.

Your math is off. 20,000 / 8 is 2500 8-hour days of continuous use, nearly 7 years.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (2, Funny)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665413)

7 years! that isnt enough time. We will hardly be able to cover the new TPS Coversheets;

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665723)

If he is watching 8 hours TV a day, no wonder he cant do division!

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

Atlantis-Rising (857278) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664805)

Eh? I divided 20,000 by 24 and got 833 days of 24 hour continuous use. Which is really closer to six-plus years of life, even if you assume 8-hour days, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664823)

2500, I think you mean. If it died in less than a year, I'd be upset. 10 years is a lot better.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664825)

It's actually 2,500 days :)

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664965)

Shocking math fail.

20,000 hours is 2,500 8 hour days (about 6 years, 10 months)

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (5, Informative)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664745)

A non-replaceable lamp on an LCD projector? No thanks.

Given that its a "10,000 hour LED" it should last over a year of continuous use. At 8 hours a day every day it will last 3 years.

At more realistic (but still high) levels of usage... say, 4 hours 4 times per week, we're looking at 12 years.

In other words, you'll probably have upgraded multiple times before the bulb burns out.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (4, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664771)

Mod parent idiot. First, it's a DLP projector, not an LCD projector. Secondly, it has a rated lifespan of 10,000 hours. That's more than a complete year of life, or 13 years at 2 hours a day. Probably more than you'll actually want to use this projector.

Also, while I'm boarding on flamebait, I'd like to point and laugh at the person who replied to me a couple of days ago when I posted about this claiming this device didn't exist.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665465)

Find that post and we'll mod them into oblivion, BWAHAHAHAHA

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664907)

A non-replaceable lamp on an LCD projector? No thanks.

That's 4 cents an hour to use it, if you factor the cost over 10,000 hours. That's 32 cents per 8 hour day. If you use a projector in a business setting for 8 hours and you can't afford 32 cents per day, you, sir, have bigger things to worry about.
-Taylor

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (2, Interesting)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665107)

Not to mention if they can't spare 4 cents an hour, they wouldn't be able to afford the electricity to run a full-size projector in the first place.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (1)

snarkh (118018) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665379)

20k hours is almost three years of continuous use.

Re:The lamp is non-replaceable? (3, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665431)

Who cares if the lamp is non-replaceable (not an LCD, anyway).

What is a pocket protector doing with a lamp anyway? I've been ridiculed enough for using one without a lamp, why would I want to light it up and draw even more attention to it?

Is this some new kind of nerd bling?

sorta cool (0)

kingsteve612 (1241114) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664711)

cool concept. id never buy one though.

Re:sorta cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665389)

cool concept. id never buy one though.Good for you. We're all very happy for you, that you felt the need to share that information with us.

does size matter? (1)

floatingrunner (621481) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664743)

is there some research that humans will live in rooms no bigger than 3 meter space in the future or something? (like one of those japanese coffin hotels)

i mean, sure enough, things are good to be compact and small, but there's this thing called TOO small

Re:does size matter? (5, Insightful)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664885)

Being able to carry one in your laptop bag for impromptu meetings is a key use. Having one to project the latest episode of [insert favorite show here] from your cell phone is one of those cool applications you buy it for, even though you'll probably never use it that way.

BTW - not every presentation occurs where there is a mounted projector. In the architecture field, for example, we often give presentations to smaller clients (churches, non-profits, individuals) in class or meeting rooms with nothing but a table, some chairs, and four white walls. These people don't have their "dream buildings" yet...which is why we're working with them.

Re:does size matter? (2, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665323)

Being able to carry one in your laptop bag for impromptu meetings is a key use. Having one to project the latest episode of [insert favorite show here] from your cell phone is one of those cool applications you buy it for, even though you'll probably never use it that way.

I suspect the opposite is true, and it will find acceptance mainly as a display for iPods, netbooks, etc. As a replacement for business or home theater projector, it is mostly just less bright, since the size usually doesn't matter (most conference rooms have a projector available anyways). But screen size is a real limiting factor in making smaller iPods, laptops, and PDAs - they are totally size-limited by I/O (screens and keyboards).

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Re:does size matter? (2, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665043)

Well, Mr. Gates, three meters is nine feet. Perhaps I'm mistaken in assuming that's nine feet diagonal as monitors are usually measured, but that's twice as big as my TV, which is over twice as big as any screen I've ever owned.

It doesn't say that the room has to be smaller than three meters; that's the maximum size of the projection.

Re:does size matter? (1)

floatingrunner (621481) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665257)

actually 3m is just an arbitrary number i came up comparing the size of a small room.

should be enough for anybody.... right?

Re:does size matter? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665765)

Hmmm, the summary says 65 inches. Less than three meters, but a hair more than two. I must not be getting your point.

Huh... Didn't the thing use lasers... (1)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664759)

The Pico I remember used laser diodes, not just a LED light.

The lasers allow much greater efficiency - traditional projectors, like LCD Monitors, actually use more energy to display black, because it has to activate the cells to block light.

In this case, the lasers just shut off, reducing power usage to what's actually needed to make the image, not to make a full while screen all the time.

Re:Huh... Didn't the thing use lasers... (5, Informative)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665247)

traditional projectors, like LCD Monitors, actually use more energy to display black, because it has to activate the cells to block light.

That may be true in LCD shutter technologies, such as an LCD monitor. This baby uses DLP technology, which is essentially a chip covered in tiny steerable mirrors. To produce black, they simply aim the mirror off-screen. It costs essentially no more energy to produce black vs any other color.

Temporal dithering with millions of mirrors (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665493)

This baby uses DLP technology, which is essentially a chip covered in tiny steerable mirrors. To produce black, they simply aim the mirror off-screen. It costs essentially no more energy to produce black vs any other color.

Then gray must be even harder because it has to aim the mirrors back and forth rapidly.

Not very happy to see me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25664769)

I say anyone really happy to see me would be packing at least 720p in their pocket.

'nuf said (5, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664785)

Or you can lie in bed and point the thing straight up. In a dark room, you'll have yourself a huge, bright movie playing on the ceiling.

Re:'nuf said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665667)

Or you can lie in bed and point the thing straight up. In a dark room, you'll have yourself a huge, bright movie playing on the ceiling.

I live in a loft, you insenstive clod!

Obama? (0, Offtopic)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664797)

the election must have taken its toll on me i swear the article summary said "projector from Obama" not "projector from Optoma". Anyways, I'm glad to see this technology finally reach the consumer at an affordable price. Next in line, perfecting the airscreen.

Re:Obama? (0)

mfh (56) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665105)

Optoma [optoma.com] is a globally leading projector manufacturer. They have varying product quality, and seem to have a very low rate of failure, on average. Bulbs are so expensive no matter what projector you buy, so make sure that if you decide to get one, the bulb doesn't look used or damaged.

Re:Obama? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665175)

the election must have taken its toll on me i swear the article summary said "projector from Obama" not "projector from Optoma". Anyways, I'm glad to see this technology finally reach the consumer at an affordable price. Next in line, perfecting the airscreen.

Obama: Fascism you can believe in!

Thanks, you fucking sheep.

Is that a projector in your pocket? (0)

greenhuey (1401575) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664855)

Is that a projector in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me? ;-)

Re:Is that a projector in your pocket? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665037)

Well, it *is* a projector

Fun and Games (4, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664869)

Pogue projects the images on to a plane's ceiling, leaving passengers baffled.

Then he spent some quality time with the Air Marshall and DHS ...

Nice (2, Insightful)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664943)

I'm not exactly a gadget freak but I have to say I do want one of these (not at this price though). With the ability to store a whole bunch of video on a tiny device and the major problem of having to watch it on the little screen, this seems to fill the gap nicely. You just need a flat surface (as the review says, back of the seat in front of you on a plane or whatever) and you can watch it comfortably. And it still fits in your pocket. Why isn't everybody making them?

Its early for the technology (4, Insightful)

Hangtime (19526) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664971)

for those around here that remember 1998, the Rio PMP300 was the 2nd but the most important MP3 player that came on the market. Not exactly ripping it up at 32 MB of RAM but an important introduction nonetheless and ultimately led to Creative and then Apple following with their MP3 players. Given that, in 10 years we may all have them on our key chains next to the USB terabyte drives.

Baffled (5, Funny)

terbo (307578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664981)

"The people on the plane were baffled when they saw *porn* on the ceiling . ." and you thought cell phones were annoying when they came out . .

Just wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665629)

...until someone shows Goatse with this thing. It will make the flight that much more "entertaining"...

Puke.

Even better... (4, Funny)

PontifexPrimus (576159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665795)

Even better, imagine making short clips of those creepy pale black-eyed children from Japanese horror movies and projecting them at random...

3M did it first. (5, Informative)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25664993)

3M makes and sells a very pocketable battery powered projector already. It has been for sale for a couple of months. Has better specs too, and it's cheaper. I'm not sure why we have articles that ignore stuff like this. I know we can't be experts on everything, but man, the author couldn't do a quick google search for pico projectors?
-Taylor

Re:3M did it first. (2, Informative)

TrekkieTechie (1265532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665173)

Not to mention it's cheaper too [pcnation.com] .

Re:3M did it first. (5, Funny)

Smauler (915644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665777)

Yes, and I should also point out it's cheaper as well.

Re:3M did it first. (1)

puppetman (131489) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665399)

Actually, the 3M is a bit bigger...

The size of the 3M version is 11.5 x 5 x 2.2 cm (that's about 5 inches by 2 inches by .8 inches for those who haven't evolved).

The Optima is "2 by 4.1 by 0.7 inches, weighing 4.2 ounces."

What we need is a head to head by a reputable, unbiased website.Like Gamespot maybe. [gamespot.com]

Re:3M did it first. (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665799)

Actually, the 3M is a bit bigger...

The size of the 3M version is 11.5 x 5 x 2.2 cm (that's about 5 inches by 2 inches by .8 inches for those who haven't evolved).

The Optima is "2 by 4.1 by 0.7 inches, weighing 4.2 ounces."

What we need is a head to head by a reputable, unbiased website.Like Gamespot maybe. [gamespot.com]

Well, i said pocketable, not smaller. It's .9 inches longer and .1 inches thicker. For a higher resolution image and $100 less, i'll deal with the added size.
But actually, the dell pico projector suits my needs more than any of these, even though it's larger. As soon as it drops back down to $400 (i saw it for ONE DAY recently, but i was broke), i'm going to get one.
-Taylor

Re:3M did it first. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665701)

You mean their 3M MPro110 LCoS Projector [aboutprojectors.com] ? Apparently not quite wide-spread, and MSRP seems to range from £529 (from the above link) to £299 including VAT [product-reviews.net] (~$470 USD), down to an official $359 [shop3m.com] . The fancy official (flash) site [3mmpro.com] has more specs than that first link, and drops the lamplife to 10,000 hours.

The one down-side with the 3M model is the 40-60 minute battery life, but if you're in the market for a pocket-projector, this could win (especially if you get some auxiliary power, or replace the battery with something more heavy-duty).

And how many lumens? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665047)

Not surprisingly, the tech specs (http://www.optoma.co.uk/PicoIntro.aspx) don't say how bright the thing is.

The review claims 9 lumens - pretty dim.

Re:And how many lumens? (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665393)

I believe there are other versions. Dell was advertising one in email a couple weeks ago with 50 lumens, though I don't know if that was rated or real-world. It was also 640x480 I think.

Talk about your feature creep (4, Funny)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665119)

While vi became vim, this is a huge jump in functionality for Pico [wikipedia.org]

It's been done. (5, Funny)

TofuMatt (1105351) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665193)

No HD, no wireless, no shaver. Lame.

This is where's it's at. [pomegranatephone.com]

Bad Eyes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665275)

I must be old. I read the title as "Pocket-protector"

Re:Bad Eyes (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665713)

I'm glad they finally came out with some pocket-sized pocket protectors!

New Uses (4, Interesting)

cowtamer (311087) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665359)

This opens up entirely new uses for a projector for the nerdy crowd:

Some examples/ideas:
  * Projector tiling [64.233.169.104]
  * Cheap, portable 3D Scanning [ercim.org]
  * Real-time photo sharing (obvious)
  * Portable video-conferencing, telepresence (think projector-screen-like avatars around the screen with a tiny projector attached to each of them)
  * Pseudo-Invisibility!! (Think helmet-mounted camera, white t-shirt, dorky looking wearable projector mount)
  * Head-Mounted Projector applications (other types of invisibility, "Virtual Cockpit", freaking people out at night clubs, etc.)

Re:New Uses (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665717)

Pfft. I'll be plugging it to a handheld console and project Asteroids or Pac-Man.

Antiquated classic fun video games + the bleeding edge of portable technology = teh win.

Re:New Uses (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665789)

You've missed the most obvious one:

* covertly projecting goatse on the walls of fancy french restaurants.

A power chord... (3, Informative)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665377)

...is a note played on an electric guitar played simultaneously with the note whose frequency is approximately 50% higher. The simple ratio means you get nice interaction between harmonics, even when the guitar is heavily distorted. They're very popular with many guitarists and are easy to play. Bands ranging from Hawkwind to Nirvana made/make great use of them. They don't usually come with projectors.

9 lumens. 9. (3, Insightful)

Phanatic1a (413374) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665395)

When it goes on sale in two weeks, it will give parents a completely portable backseat-of-the-minivan movie theater for the kids.

Sure, provided you're driving at night, or with all the windows painted over.

Re:9 lumens. 9. (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665463)

I think you missed the point. It's one thing that the breeders have their children watching movies in the relative privacy of their own vehicles. What you should be afraid of, is that you will be subjected to all this in places you thought were safe.

different video? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25665421)

Is it just me or is the movie on the NYTimes.com not about Pico but about MovieBeam? Pogue does not project anything on a ceiling, as described in the summary.

Great! (4, Funny)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665457)

Now you'll be able to tell the geeks, because they will be the ones with the pocket-projectors.

Re:Great! (1)

ZankerH (1401751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665591)

Because the secret handshake isn't obvious enough?
Oh, wait, forget I said that. There is no secret handshake.

Small data error (2, Informative)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665579)

TFA states that it's a 20,000 hour bulb, not 10,000 as the summary suggests.

Just FYI.

Only pocket sized? (0, Offtopic)

gsgriffin (1195771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665671)

I feel sorry for the guy. You should desire a projector longer than your pocket.

Neat, but not refined. (1)

EncryptedSoldier (1278816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25665693)

It looks like a cool little gizmo, but not for me until the resolution increases. Might be neat, like the linked article suggests, if you use it on your ceiling at night in bed.
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