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A Widescreen Laser Projector In Your Pocket

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the so-very-happy-to-see-you dept.

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Edis Krad writes "Redmond based company Microvision is in the last stages of developing and releasing a portable, laser-based projector, code-named 'Show WX.' The projector has a resolution of 848 by 400 pixels (WVGA) and, since it uses laser-scanning rather than LCD to form the images, it does not require a lens to focus, allowing it to display images virtually in any surface. The device comes with its own user-replaceable battery, which means you could take it with you anywhere you want. Although there is no pricing information on their website, according to this local news video, it could cost at least $200."

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Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115705)

And project an image of my ass onto a car window as I pass someone?

Because you're sitting on a goldmine if it can.

What? It can't? *sigh* Oh well. A man can dream, can't he? A man can dream ...

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28115899)

Whoever modded parent down needs to go fuck themselves. That was the funniest shit I've read all day.

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (4, Informative)

madfgurtbn (321041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115963)

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (1)

BeardedChimp (1416531) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116601)

Why on earth don't they this on their website instead of the horrendous flash mess that gave me a headache just changing tabs, and a 'living room simulation' that simulates bugger all.

That video on the other is utterly cool and I had all but dismissed the device until I saw that. Cheers for the link

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (5, Funny)

alexhard (778254) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116629)

Why on earth don't they this on their website

Because they accidentally the whole thing.

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116713)

The living room "simulator" actually seems to give a decent idea of how bright it is -- in any sort of lighting at a distance >100", the image is basically unviewable.

The "source selector" is pretty pointless though.

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (1)

stonewallred (1465497) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117431)

It looked awesome on the youtube video. Of course the cost does not reflect the "tax" the MPIAA(or whatever the movie fucks are called) will get added because of the possible illegal use of showing movies to crowds against the rules.

Re:Can It Function as a Back-Lit Rear Projector? (2, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116461)

Nope, but you *can* project goatse from your cellphone towards a whole busload of people during rush hour...

Or... (4, Funny)

Sobieski (1032500) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115733)

Are you just happy to see me?

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116259)

nope, not happy at all.

Price is expected to be (5, Informative)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115757)

$400 to $500 USD according to the manufacturer site; not $200. Dang, $200 would have been awesome.

Re:Price is expected to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28115891)

No kidding. This is one of those cases where profit maximization gets in the way of progress. I'd buy one of these as a toy / no questions asked at $200. But at $500 they can keep that shit, 'cause I'm no longer even interested.

Re:Price is expected to be (5, Interesting)

madfgurtbn (321041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116059)

Dang, $200 would have been awesome.

It should get there, in a couple years. The reason it will be so expensive to start with is two new technologies in one: Scanning MEMS mirror which projects the image, and the green lasers inside, which have not been produced before.

Microvision has been waiting for green laser supplier for a long time. Corning has built a facility and is ramping up production of green lasers now.

When green lasers are available in quantities of millions, the laser projectors will be built into blackberries, iphones, digital cameras, etc.

Re:Price is expected to be (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116383)

what's wrong with red lasers?

Re:Price is expected to be (5, Insightful)

Pinky's Brain (1158667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116419)

They don't produce a very good green. Frequency doubled IR is not an option either because you can't modulate the beam fast enough.

Re:Price is expected to be (5, Informative)

madfgurtbn (321041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116619)

Frequency doubled IR is not an option either because you can't modulate the beam fast enough.

Actually, the Corning green lasers in the ShowWX are freq doubled. True green is not expected for several years at least. More on the Corning lasers here [forbes.com] .

Re:Price is expected to be (1)

Pinky's Brain (1158667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117025)

Guess it only used to be a problem then ... although the proof is in the pudding of course.

Re:Price is expected to be (0)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116437)

Well with red lasers, for instance, it's really difficult to put the G in RGB ... (or more likely the C in CMYK)

Re:Price is expected to be (3, Informative)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116487)

*eyebrow* This is additive not subtractive mixing. So, yes, the G in RGB. When you develop a laser that subtracts light, let me know, I want to invest.

Re:Price is expected to be (1)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116577)

*eyebrow* This is additive not subtractive mixing. So, yes, the G in RGB. When you develop a laser that subtracts light, let me know, I want to invest.

One concept: destructive interference.

I've only done college level physics so my knowledge on this could be sketchy. But when two beams of light interact they get brighter at some points and dimmer at other points. However, it might just be that both of these interactions are absolute. So either no light, or double light ... don't really know from the top of my head *shrug*

Re:Price is expected to be (1)

Dekker3D (989692) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116903)

i've only read about that one with sound. because at some points, two "tops" of a sine wave would meet, it would have the volume of both added together. at other distances away from eachother, one positive top meets a negative top, and they cancel eachother out.

since the wavelengths of visible light are far shorter than those of sounds we can hear, it'd be pretty impressive if you could see that with your own eyes. i'm not even sure if it applies to light, but.. not ruling that one out. just saying any effect you see would be miniscule.

Re:Price is expected to be (2, Insightful)

byornski (1022169) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117375)

Two waves of different frequency will not interact in the same way as in say Young's double slit experiment. When two waves of nearly equal frequency are added, "beats" appear in the waveform that would appear as a brightening and darkening of the light in different places over time... beats [wikipedia.org]

Re:Price is expected to be (4, Informative)

WarlockD (623872) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116167)

$400-$500 IS awesome! God do you know how much bulbs cost for even the "cheap" projectors? Hell, even if you WANT to get a bulb, try to get one for just a 4 year old projector. Its worst than god damn ink cartridges.

Its why I have been looking at the LED based ones, but they are just not bright enough for my purposes. Give me one of these with just a 10k laser life AND an HD out? I am as good as sold.

in? (0, Offtopic)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115773)

"In" any surface? How am I supposed to see it?

"On" a surface makes sense. "In" a surface would entertain Morlocks.

Just the thing for Morlock porn tho.

Language barrier (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116221)

"In" any surface? How am I supposed to see it?

The line between "in" and "on" varies per language. The submitter is likely not a native English speaker.

Re:in? (-1, Troll)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116505)

offtopic? Attention retarded mod - read the fucking summary - see the words in a row? One of them is wrong.

Virgin nerds depress me.

Meetings (2, Interesting)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115781)

This could be very useful in the cooperate world. Instead of dragging around charts projectors and things alike; have this nifty device in your pocket and your presentation is ready.

Re:Meetings (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116253)

NoNoNoNO!!! Bad Xpeter, Bad boy. Do you realize how fucking annoying this is going to be? PowerPoint presentations everywhere. Is that the kind of world you want to grow up in?

Re:Meetings (3, Funny)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116645)

I was thinking along the lines of "Cool! Pocket porn projector!."

Re:Meetings (2, Funny)

InfernalRuss (1180857) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116831)

so you and 3 of your closest friends could whack off together... in starbucks... back to coffee at home again i think

Re:Meetings (1)

chromas (1085949) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117337)

PowerPoint can be a good thing, you know. Start the presentation, then switch over to shiny, sparkly screensavers and step out for a couple hours. A recording yourself quoting sci-fi technobabble will keep their ears entertained.

Now nerds can communicate with girls (2, Funny)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117421)

Now nerds can communicate with girls in a structured manner.
Just Imagine:

*** Start power point presentation ***
Slide 1:
Objective - To go out on date

Slide 2:
Reasons -
- Have money
- Provide intelligent conversation
- Will Listen

Slide 3:
Places -
- Movies
- Beach

.....

'Hey wait, where are you going?'

*** End power point presentation ***

Re:Meetings (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116595)

I'd argue there's more to making a presentation that simply available technology.

Sadly, the amount of horrible Powerpoint presentations one has to witness in this world means my views are not very common... (at least at the point when average person, bored during presentation while on the audience, has to be a presenter and simply uses Powerpoint as a cheat-sheet)

That's what I keep saying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28115805)

It is not about how long it is, it's the aspect ratio that matters.

Re:That's what I keep saying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116501)

she still isint buying that argument.

Next big thing (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115817)

This, combined with something like "The Sixth Sense" That I saw over on TED.com would be amazing, since the only pitfall to their device was that it was an actual projector you had to wear around your neck.

Re:Next big thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116793)

This, quarter of the size in the stems in my glasses. Please! :)

Cool! (5, Funny)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115861)

Now I can project even more realistic UFOs on low clouds near the airport!

Re:Cool! (2, Funny)

bfmorgan (839462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116217)

And be arrested for shinning a laser into the sky at any passing aircraft - Gitomo here you come.

Re:Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116389)

I hear Gitomo is nice this time of year.

Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115865)

Laser projector? How can you project a raster image using a inherently vector system?

I don't get it. How does it know how big the pixels should be?

(Or maybe it's obvious and I just need a beating with the clue stick here)

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (3, Informative)

bzzfzz (1542813) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115927)

Rotating or oscillating mirrors to cause the beam to scan, similar to what laser barcode scanners use.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28115933)

My guess would be:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raster_scan

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

CmdrSammo (1086973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115949)

Use the scan-line technique to scan each line with a rapidly adjustable mix of red, green and blue lasers.

As long as the laser light spreads out proportional to the distance it has travelled the picture should look good wherever the laser will reach. My only worry is the battery life.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (3, Interesting)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116191)

I think this is where I'm tripping up. I always assume laser light is perfectly collimated so that the projected dot at 1cm is that same size as at 1m, but I guess the projector uses slightly unfocused beam to generate a larger dot with relatively short increases in projection distance to avoid getting just a collection of horizontal or vertical lines appearing instead of an image.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (2, Informative)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116359)

Well, remember that the pixel is created by turning on the laser while the mirror is passing by the point where the reflected beam would hit the target. If you leave the laser on just a little while longer, your pixels will be larger, in one dimension. In other words, instead of a grid of points:
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .

you have a grid of lines:
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _

The vertical gaps would be an issue at long distances, but there's no reason the horizontal gaps should be particularly large.

Of course the effective range would be limited by the brightness of the lasers. If your screen is far enough away that you can't see the reflection of the laser beams coming back to you, then it doesn't matter how big the pixels are.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116655)

There is no reason not to widen the beam to fill the gaps. The image will stay just as sharp at all distances. You just have to get the right angle of divergence for the resolution and angle of view, for example: 30 degree vertical field of view / 400 lines = 0.075 degrees beam divergence.

LCD projectors need to be focussed differently for different projection distances because the lens only creates a sharp picture of the LCD surface on the other side at one distance from the lens. See Wikipedia. [wikipedia.org] Unlike LCD projectors, which need to focus beams with different directions onto one point on the projection surface, laser projectors only use lenses to widen the single beam a little.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (2, Informative)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115965)

Think: CRTs use an electron beam ... maybe you can figure the rest out all by yourself.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (3, Insightful)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116323)

CRT's project an electron beam into a fixed-size phosphor pixel on the screen. This is projecting a laser dot onto a wall (or whatever), I was mostly just not sure how you get an image instead of just a series of lines appearing.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (2, Insightful)

acrobg (1175095) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115991)

My guess would be that it projects as three scanning lasers: for red, green, and blue. Because they would be scanning across, the field of view as the beams of light move away from projector gets larger (hence larger projection at a larger distance). However, it also gets dimmer, meaning a 12" projection distance will havea brighter image than a 100" projection distance. Also, if you're projecting closer, it looks like it will have more definition to the image as well. Not that the pixel-count will change, but the amount of space each pixel takes up wil be larger, so if it's 100" away, but the image is viewed from 3' away from the screen, the image should look pixelated, as opposed to viewing it from a farther distance.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

ab8ten (551673) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116005)

Laser projector? How can you project a raster image using a inherently vector system?

I don't get it. How does it know how big the pixels should be?

(Or maybe it's obvious and I just need a beating with the clue stick here)

The light from the three RGB lasers is scanned in rows just like the electron beam in a CRT. To sweep the angle, a tiny mirror flexes very fast. The technical challenge for these projectors has been switching the mirror fast enough and getting decent performance from miniature red green and blue lasers. I think the blue one was the tough nut to crack.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116077)

You know how a TV tube works? The electron beam sweeps back and forth really fast, painting each dot on the screen? Well the laser in this thing is like the beam and the wall is like the screen. Since the laser beam can travel a great distance and still make just a small dot, so the image are in focus at different distances. Of course the farther away the screen is, the farther apart the dots are, so the image would become grainy at some point.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116333)

If the beam diffusion angle or wtfever it is called (I am not a physicist, mathematician, etc, sorry) can be sufficiently tuned the dots never get further away from each other; in fact, they might even overlap. They will be spread out, though, so they will get dimmer.

This seems like a pretty decent way to get full HD at home.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (5, Informative)

Myriad (89793) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116117)

This has been done before, IIRC Samsung released one of the first TV quality raster scanning system for laser shows.

Basically a standard laser show setup uses multiple lasers (to get your RGB) combined into a single beam then passed through a device, such as a PCAOM, which acts as rather like a programmable colour filter. (this isn't the only way it can be done with solid state lasers).

Two sets of mirrors can be steered in the X and Y axis to draw your shapes, beam effects, etc.

In the case of a TV or other raster displays the beam is steered much like you would an electron beam on a regular TV. It scans a horizontal line, moves down scans across, repeat. You can switch the direction of the scan (left to right, then right to left) on alternating lines to speed up the scan rate.

Wikipedia has some info on Laser TV's in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_TV [wikipedia.org] and LaserFX has some info on PCAOM's if you're interested in the older tech: http://www.laserfx.com/Backstage.LaserFX.com/Archives/Archives6.html [laserfx.com]

Early systems actually used multiple projectors overlapping or drawing the first 3rd, 2nd third, etc of the image to make up for slower scan rates.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116391)

This has been done before, IIRC Samsung released one of the first TV quality raster scanning system for laser shows.

It has also been done with electron beams in arcane devices known as CRTs.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

Edis Krad (1003934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116531)

True, however none have been this tiny. The keyword here is 'portability'. I work with laser projectors and come in these huge metal boxes that weight at least a 5 to 10 kilograms.
This type of portable displaying opens a lot of interest possibilities. Particularly, I'm thinking of Augmented Reality applications.

Re:Can somebody explain how it works? (1)

IronMagnus (777535) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116565)

This one fits in your pocket, and is happy to see you.

Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

noidentity (188756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115931)

Is that a widescreen laser projector in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

Microvision (0)

noidentity (188756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115983)

Redmond based company Microvision is in the last stages of developing and releasing a portable, laser-based projector, code-named 'Show WV.' The projector has a resolution of 848 by 400 pixels (WVGA)

Unfortunately, it drops to 1/4 the resolution and makes the brightness increase and decrease constantly when trying to display any copyrighted material.

Re:Microvision (2, Informative)

GenP (686381) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116113)

Except it's the other way around [wikipedia.org] .

Great for bedtime (5, Interesting)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28115997)

Project a movie or an e-book on your ceiling. No more tired arms from holding books up. I'm getting one of these babies!

Re:Great for bedtime (3, Funny)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117237)

Or project another woman in bed with you so you can have a threesome with your wife.

IMHO . . . (1)

hansede (1521535) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116007)

. . . iPods are the natural application for ultra-portable projectors. Having a projector built into a portable device that stores all my favorite movies would be sick. Of course, the MPAA would have something to say about that.

Re:IMHO . . . (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116459)

So would the unfortunate people around you who are exposed to your choice in "favorite movies" as they're projected not-so-discreetly onto some convenient surface.

You sick, sick person.

hey mr. DJ (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116009)

mini laser projector + netbook = crazy disco scene that can fit in your pocket. whip it out on the subway on friday night with some dance techno and colorful visualizations to have the swingin'est ride to the bar ever.

Re:hey mr. DJ (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116337)

winamp the 1.04 milkdrop and the 3d presets

Re:hey mr. DJ (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116701)

Oh, Lords of Kobol, please make it stop!

(not sure how popular it is at your place, but recently teens here on the stupid side of bell curve tend to listen as loud as possible to crap music on crap loudspeakers of their cellphones while walking on the street/etc.)

Re:hey mr. DJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28117287)

You know they'll "blast" their music from half inch speakers in their mobile phones... If that trend doesn't die off soon, I'll buy a ghettoblaster and show those young whippersnappers how it's done.

Smallest netbook? (1)

crunch_ca (972937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116023)

I was thinking about this the other day as I was on a plane jammed into a seat with a laptop. I'd love to see this hooked up to something like:

The wall wart [slashdot.org]

This would make netbooks seem bulky by comparison.

Vaporware (1)

JO_DIE_THE_STAR_F*** (1163877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116047)

I went to http://www.microvision.com/ [microvision.com] and it seemed to me to be a bunch of photo shopped pictures with promises of working with manufactures maybe, sometime in the future to make things kinda like the ones they were talking about. Vaporware.

Re:Vaporware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116237)

Not vaporware. Just off-in-the-distanceware.

For example, they've been working on making wearable heads-up displays since the early 90's. They actually have a product available now (the Microvision Nomad), but it's too still expensive (costs more than a Segway) for practical use.

Vaporware. (2, Funny)

Craig Davison (37723) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116091)

There's no price, and demo of this thing working, because it doesn't exist yet. But they do have CG mockups in 10 different colors!

I spoke too soon (2, Informative)

Craig Davison (37723) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116165)

Here's a video from dl.tv: http://dl.tv/2008/01/ces_2008_microvision_show_proj.php [dl.tv]

There's no mention of battery life, and it looks like the framerate might be terrible, but it's a real product!

Re:I spoke too soon (1)

wasmoke (1055116) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116401)

The framerate issues in the video might also be a result of recording a video of a video. Not sure, just a thought.

Re:I spoke too soon (2, Informative)

modecx (130548) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116991)

it looks like the framerate might be terrible

I'm sure the framerate is just fine. The problem is: the camera isn't in synced with the display's scan rate, and 2) lasers can turn on and off (go from full off to full on) a HELL of a lot faster than anything on usual display devices. (phosphors in a CRT unload their photons over a longer period of time, LCDs switch slower, etc) I imagine the real scan rate is actually has to be higher than 75 hz, just because of that phenomena, either that or they have to have some sort of dwell state built into the display engine... Flicker sensitive people would have a hell of a time at just 60 hz.

I think this is very exciting. I can't wait for the day they integrate something like this into a standard CRT (or greater) size rear projection monitor... If they do their part right, it'll blow everything else away in both color accuracy and pixel density. It's great that they've managed to make this into a pocket projector, but I think it'll have as many, if not more applications in traditional devices. I think that's the real bread and butter market for this.

Re:Vaporware. (4, Informative)

anomnomnomymous (1321267) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116349)

Check the Buzz section [microvision.com] of the site: So much for your vaporware...

Re:Vaporware. (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117033)

That's normal for Microvision. I don't think they've ever actually released a consumer product. I'm still waiting for their super-tiny hi-res wearable displays from circa 1998.

Power and brightness... (4, Insightful)

bzzfzz (1542813) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116093)

... are the two limitations of small projectors. They claim 10 lumens while most conventional mains-powered projectors are typically 1000-2000 lumens. That makes the product usable alone in a darkened room but not much of anywhere else. Their claim of "movie capable" battery life rather than a specific time period leads me to conclude that they watch shorter than average movies.

I predict that, like the pen scanner, [planon.com] this proves to be a geeky cool but practically useless device.

Re:Power and brightness... (3, Insightful)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116319)

The trade-off is performance vs size. You can take this thing anywhere and you don't need to plug it in to the wall.

Re:Power and brightness... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116737)

Hm, need for a "darkened room"...that could actually be an advantage when inviting somebody for moviewatching ;p

(yes, I eagerly await lower prices, hopefully by this Autumn, on DLP (or what was the name of that TI micromirror technology) based miniprojectors)

Summary is Wrong (3, Informative)

phreakhead (881388) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116103)

It's called the SHOW WX, not SHOW WV. FTFA: "WX stands for "wide experience", referring to the wide image format, wide color range and wide always in-focus operation."

As a VJ, I could really use one of these instead of hauling around my huge HD projector, since I only project at 320x240 anyway (to keep real-time video mixing fast). Hopefully the battery really lasts as long as a movie though!

Re:Summary is Wrong (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117275)

Hopefully it will be able to be charged and powered via USB.

Wake me up (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116155)

when the resolution is at least 1024 wide (1280 preferable) and it can project with more than 10 lumens of light! (Their Macromedia Flash demo thing on the website is waaaaaay optimistic about how bright it will look). The slashvertisement site "specs" also conveniently leaves off critical information such as what resolutions it can accept (and downscale), what types of cables are included, what type of battery and real estimates of battery life, exactly how much power does it pull (can you operate it live with the usb or just charge), what the image latency/persistence is like, how it deals with 4:3 ratios, etc.

Neat product though!

An improvement from the 1st generation (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116201)

Gen-1 was limited to near-the-pocket use [Think Geek] [thinkgeek.com]

awesome (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116261)

great, now teenagers will be able to project their HILARIOUS youtube videos on the big screen every time you go to the movies.

It'll be like laser pointers x 1000

Re:awesome (1)

fucket (1256188) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116395)

Look on the bright side, you could get Rickrolled in person.

Is that a Laser Projector In Your Pocket...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116439)

Or are you just happy to see me?

Sharks (2, Funny)

CrashandDie (1114135) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116513)

Sharks with Freakin' lasers attached to their heads!

Re:Sharks (1)

ToasterOven (698529) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117083)

They ought to make the projector shaped like a shark head.

Just sayin'.

When? (1)

mkro (644055) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116539)

The Youtube video was posted January 12, 2008 :\

I think I speak for all of us when I ask.. (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116561)

Does it run on sharks?

Re:I think I speak for all of us when I ask.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28116985)

The only thing I'm asking for is frickin' penises with frickin' lasers on their frickin' heads.

Can I get it... (2, Interesting)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116567)

In 1080p and capable of 120hz refresh rate?

???

Nice name (1)

nsayer (86181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28116731)

Better Microvision than Macrovision [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Nice name (2, Funny)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117349)

Their version works just as well but er... it turns to snow if you don't point it at a fully licensed wall. (sorry)

For teh lulz (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117003)

It's is SO going into an iPhone in 2 or 3 years. From that point on consider this : people use the motion sensor to stabilise the image, which will be pretty cool, and secondly, people start making a whole bunch of iPhone apps to make all sorts of "pranks".

Hard to tell what they'll come up with but you just know that kids will have a field day with that. And by day I mean decade.

One Small Problem (1)

ToasterOven (698529) | more than 5 years ago | (#28117071)

As freaking cool as this is, it has an inherent problem.

Laser pointers getting aimed at people's faces are bad enough, but this is like having 3 lasers waved around wildly.

A good number of projectors are used to display a screen to a large audience, while a presenter stands in front of it. For the presenter, getting the light in the eye is nearly unavoidable. So with lasers, you're talking serious eye damage if you're in the way.

Hmmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28117221)

Are you happy to see me or do you have A Widescreen Laser Projector In Your Pocket?

Is that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28117441)

a widescreen projector in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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