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Micro-Projectors May Bring YouTube On-The-Go

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the that-wacky-cat-washer-never-gets-old dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A tiny portable projector, about the size of a pack of cards, may soon replace a ring tone as the most annoying thing on the train or bus. These technical innovations can project an image up to 50 inches in size in dark lighting, making them ideal for on-the-road business presentations. They can also be hooked up to cell phones or media devices, though, possibly introducing a whole new level of social intrusion into US culture. 'Digital projectors were once bulky. These new models, though, are small enough to fit into the pocket of consumers who want a big-screen experience from a small-screen device. Some of the models are expected to be on the market by year-end, or sooner. Prices have yet to be announced. Matthew S. Brennesholtz, an analyst at Insight Media, a marketing research firm in Norwalk, Conn., says he thinks the projectors will initially cost about $350, then quickly drop to less than $300.'"

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Cool. What about tv? (4, Interesting)

electrictroy (912290) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930382)

Can I connect this thing to my HD DVD player? At $300 it's cheaper than buying a real 40 inch screen.

Goatse Anally Rapes Twofo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930438)

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Re:Cool. What about tv? (5, Informative)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930488)

At $300, it's probably VGA or SVGA res, good enough for DVD, but blow it up too large and you'll be seeing the gaps between the pixels. HD projectors run over $1000. A good 1080p projector can be had for about $2000 now, and they're generally quite beautiful.

Re:Cool. What about tv? (2, Informative)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930554)

At $300, it's probably VGA or SVGA res For youtube its probably QVGA (320x240) same as VHS, and good enough for a mobile phone.

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

electrictroy (912290) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930896)

VHS is actually double that resolution (320 across x 486 scanlines).

Thanks for the info on the HD Projectors.

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931078)

I've got a 1080p DLP rear projector with a 50" screen. Why can't I just take off the screen and project the picture onto an even larger wall from further away?

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

clonan (64380) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931260)

focus.....

Re:Cool. What about tv? (5, Funny)

ah.clem (147626) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931334)

I'm trying...

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931284)

I've got a 1080p DLP rear projector with a 50" screen. Why can't I just take off the screen and project the picture onto an even larger wall from further away?

Maybe you can, but there may be issues as well. It might be designed only to focus within a few inches of the existing screen, because it wasn't expected that a person would try that, it's just easier to make. You would probably void your warranty. You probably can't set it to ceiling mount mode and hang it from the ceiling.

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1, Flamebait)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931370)

Why can't I just take off the screen

Because you were at the back of the queue for opposable thumbs? How the hell should we know what your handicap is?

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1, Informative)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930494)

I went to TFA to check the resolution of the projectors in question, only to find that TFA had no data whatsoever on that topic.

Without data on resolution, it's kinda pointless to discuss these things. Talk about vaporware...

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930942)

Equally annoying when an article discusses new images of something yet never produces the images, only discusses them.

Real Stories??? (0, Offtopic)

midifarm (666278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930620)

what ever happened to OMG Ponies!!!

Re:Real Stories??? (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931012)

yeah - I was a bit bummed too. I had read about this previously in PopSci, and I doubt it was the April fools article (not even sure if that was from the April issue).

Slashdot apparently wants to be taken as seriously. /me pines for a bygone era... and is eaten by a grue

Re:Real Stories??? (1)

ne0n (884282) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931226)

sure, a pocket-sized, internally powered device with the juice to project a picture 50" wide on the subway while plugged into your phone... that couldn't possibly be April 1, could it?

Re:Real Stories??? (1)

Garridan (597129) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931372)

...that couldn't possibly be April 1, could it?
Not when people have been talking about it since mid February.

http://google.com/search?q=Samsung+MBP-100 [google.com]

This Iljin company has been talking about their projectors since mid April of last year (so while this might be vaporware, it's not a prank.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/cellphones/iljin-display-develops-coin+sized-laser-projector-module-167323.php [gizmodo.com]

TCO (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930768)

Before you buy into "$300" you want to ask what the bulb lifetime is and how much the replacements will cost - because it wouldn't surprise me if the replacement bulb were to cost more than the projector and last a year or two. Think ink cartridges: projectors follow a similar economic model.

Re:TCO (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930818)

The article says that this nonexistent product uses a LED or laser. Those both last a lot longer that an incandescent light bulb.

Re:TCO (2, Informative)

dtfusion (658871) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930822)

They use lasers and lcds. The lifetime should be quite long. No bulbs to replace. They're even talking about fitting these things into smart phones eventually. With a market that size the cost should truly be under $300.

Re:Cool. What about tv? (1)

barefoothannibal (967579) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931124)

"Micro-Projectors May Bring YouTube On-The-Go"
Like an iPhone?... Oh... Like an iPhone you can't see unless you are in total darkness.

Just a question. (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930386)

How many mini projectors will have to "be comming soon" to get the editors to stop posting these stories?

Re:Just a question. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930474)

42

Re:Just a question. (2, Informative)

doc_doofus (1102559) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930736)

Offtopic my hairy arse. How is answering a question, regardless of the answer or question, offtopic?
42 is afterall, THE answer.
Sheesh, turn in your mod points, you're no nerd.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Answer_to_Life,_the_Universe,_and_Everything [wikipedia.org] 42

Re:Just a question. (1)

swb (14022) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930750)

Wasn't some kind of laser-based model that could be embedded in a PDA or cell phone coming soon, too?

I seem to remember it being monochrome or possibly even color using multiple lasers or a colorwheel ala DLP.

I agree completely, though, that these seem to be hitting 10 on the BS meter since they never come out.

Re:Just a question. (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931476)

Yup... there was....

microvision.com

I'd love to see it in the real world...

That's easy. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931266)

How many mini projectors will have to "be comming soon" to get the editors to stop posting these stories?

As many as are hyped until one of them actually comes to market at an affordable price.

Convenient! (2, Funny)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930396)

If one is used in a movie theater, it's just the right size to crush under one's heel.

Comming soon to a bus near you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22931184)

"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."

Didn't I read about these before? (1)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930410)

I'm pretty sure it was on /., too.

In any case, I, personally, can't wait for these. This, along with a sufficient Video Ipod, means I can take my music, videos, ebooks, and whatever else I want with me all for the size of a couple of packs of cigs. Excellent.

Re:Didn't I read about these before? (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930432)

...and whatever else I want with me all for the size of a couple of packs of cigs
Gee, I heard you can trade cigs like money in prison because you held a public viewing of copyrighted movies.

Just sayin'...

Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (3, Interesting)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930412)

I'd definitely get one of these to use at work. Sometimes I find myself in a meeting with a few people in a place with no projectors, so it'd be useful to be able to go over something that could be kept in my pocket, ready to sue at a moments notice. This is especially useful since my employer is stingy with the number of conference rooms with projectors.

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (4, Funny)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930502)

ready to sue at a moments notice.
RIAA, is that you?

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (1)

Anonymous Cowpat (788193) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930508)

"so it'd be useful to be able to go over something that could be kept in my pocket, ready to sue at a moments notice."

Pocket lawyer!

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930528)

ready to sue at a moments notice

Great. Another lawyer on Slashdot. Just what we needed.

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (2, Informative)

Migrant Programmer (19727) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930770)

Not an April fool's joke.. I saw one of these being demonstrated with an iPod at MWC this year (actually, at a restaurant on a napkin).

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930774)

you are your co-workers worst nightmare, no doubt. someone who thinks everyone else *wants* to see your powerpoint presentations and listen to your prattling on about them.

Re:Assuming that it isn't a 4/1 joke... (2, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930894)

talk of these projectors has been going on for a long time so it would make a crappy april fools joke.

would be fun on trips.. combined with modern cellphones with tv-out. quake on the go!(n95 has tvout and can play quake, though, a bluetooth keyboard is pretty much a must(can play ok quality video to tv too, h264).

Never gonna give up my monitor (4, Funny)

Arnonymous Coward (1208208) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930414)

The submitter could at least have linked to the YouTube Video [youtube.com] of the projector prototype.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (1)

cloricus (691063) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930492)

My mouse hoverover saw what you did there. >.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930512)

Seriously though, a projector isn't a substitute for a monitor, the same goes for the reverse too. It just depends on what you want to do with it.

April Fools (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930516)

It's Youtube's own Rickroll.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (3, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930530)

Idiot mods. Before you mod something up, at least check the link to make sure you're not being rickrolled.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (2, Funny)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930632)

Perhaps that did check the link, and thought the Informative would be funnier than the Funny.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (0, Offtopic)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930700)

The humor of this "rickrolled" thing is completely lost on me. You say "Here's a link to a YouTube video" and OMTFG it's a Rick Astley clip! Who the hell cares? At least with goatse.cx there was a genuine element of tricking people.

Perhaps the joke is in the 80's music, but I spend all day listening to Duran Duran and Fastway anyway...

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (-1, Troll)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930550)

All right, so anyone that found that that link wasn't very helpful should check out the actual YouTube video [youtube.com] .

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930570)

ENOUGH ALREADY!

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930636)

Wow, I didn't expect the video resolution to be that good. Thanks for the link.

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (1)

UltraAyla (828879) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930600)

Ahhh, I haven't memorized the rick astley youtube links yet. But when it came up, I did what any sane person should do and quickly turned on my speakers.

You really don't want to miss the opportunity when it happens. You never know when you will be rickrolled next!

Re:Never gonna give up my monitor (2, Interesting)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930744)

LOL - nice troll.

Given that it's Rick Astley, and there's an option to 'watch this video in higher quality' on the page, I take it that the high quality version has no Stock, Aitken, Waterman content :o)

happy april's fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930424)

first post from osama bin laden!

Exploding pockets 2.0 (5, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930430)

So, how hot will the bulbs in these pocket projectors get?
I smell a market for a project projector protector!

any surface? (3, Funny)

Lxy (80823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930452)

Because nothing says professional like holding a sales meeting presentation on a manilla folder or a NAPKIN.

Re:any surface? (2, Funny)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930524)

woah woah woah, you've got it all wrong. That's not how you make sales. You make sales by bringing the hot new intern and projecting the presentation on her front / backside (depending upon the clients preference, of course).

Re:any surface? (3, Funny)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930714)

Ohhh! The Tummy Projector (TM) !!!

And with appropriate image processing/stretching, you could have a normal image appear when it is projected on a form with, er, uh, protuberances!

Just key in her measurements instead of trying to adjust keystone and everyone has a great time!

I'm thinking something like that would sell... ;-)

wha? (1)

doti (966971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930462)

what does youtube has to do with this story?

there are plenty other better uses for this tech.

Re:wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930520)

redtube, pornotube... endless posibilities

Re:wha? (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931344)

With a feedback video camera to detect the "screen"'s location, position, and shape-distortion, plus some serious processor power, you could texture map any costume (or lack thereof) on a moving body (with sufficiently light-colored clothing). Cancel out the existing clothing's coloration, too.

Now THERE's an April Fool prank - that could get you fired, sued, and/or jailed.

Damnit. (1)

Sam1230 (1265736) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930482)

Great, now I'll be forced to watch hordes of reality shows and Blade movies. How much constant stimulation do people need? Seriously. I have ADD and have no trouble sitting somewhere quietly and just pondering things. Why do so many other people seem to? In most cases, there's absolutely no need to always be in constant communication with people through text messaging or watching Internet memes on the bus, or somewhere else where you're equally annoying other people. The Internet will still be there when you get home.

Re:Damnit. (2, Funny)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930612)

"The Internet will still be there when you get home."

But ... what if it isn't ?

My world would fall apart if I missed the next Obama Girl video. I can't risk it. Sorry.

Re:Damnit. (2, Insightful)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930734)

No, dude - it's going to be endless manga and anime. I pity the poor high school teachers who will have to put up with that between classes and worse - during.

I like this story! (0, Troll)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930486)

It's much better than the April Fool's jokes I submitted.

What? You're serious?

projectors will initially cost about $350, then quickly drop to less than $300.'"

Yeah, right. One that's as big as a kid's lunch box is thousands now. Well, let's see if we can find a link [uncyclopedia.org] or two [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I like this story! (1)

Skreems (598317) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930656)

The actual article linked to is dated the 30th, so unless it's now SOP to disguise your april fools jokes by faking a date, this is probably for real.

Re:I like this story! (1)

cleatsupkeep (1132585) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931430)

Knowing the speed of the slashdot editors - we probably won't get the April Fool's jokes until May.

how much light? (4, Informative)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930498)

Until now, projectors needed ungodly amounts of light to project an image bright enough to be usable in a non-darkened room. Either these miniprojectors use some kind of superefficient light source, or that 60" image can only be seen in total darkness.

Re:how much light? (3, Informative)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930704)

Weeeeell, that is part of the second paragraph of TFA. It says that the 60" image can only be seen in dark rooms while a 7"-20" image can be seen with some ambient light.

Re:how much light? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930816)

Either these miniprojectors use some kind of superefficient light source, or that 60" image can only be seen in total darkness.


Like, I dunno, Diode Lasers?

Physics (3, Insightful)

dj245 (732906) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930500)

You can't break the laws of physics. If you want a bright image you need to draw a lot of power. Even if you go with very efficient LEDs, the battery life on these things is going to be terrible.

Re:Physics (4, Funny)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930568)

You can't break the laws of physics.
Damn it Scotty, I need 6000 lumens on the side of this mountain playing Moulin Rouge. I don't care how you do it but get me those lumens mister, that's an order. Kirk out.

That's some mountain! (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931264)

Damn it Scotty, I need 6000 lumens on the side of this mountain playing Moulin Rouge.


As if Kirk doesn't get his own way often enough, with mountains that play Moulin Rouge!

Seriously though... I thing projectors on phones is a great idea. And yes, it'll draw power, but phones have been drawing ever-increasing power for a while now. They're (eventually) destined to be the next PC, remembering that the P is for "Personal", and that "Desktop" is what most of us now call our main workstation machine.

And for a little more future prediction... who's betting one of the most common lighttones will be "Help me Obi Wan --- you're my only hope!"?

Re:Physics (1)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930596)

"You can't break the laws of physics."

Prove it.

Re:Physics (1)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930756)

Hey, I went faster than the speed of light tomorrow.

Now I just have to wait for all of the rest of the world to catch up.

Re:Physics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930640)

You can't break the laws of physics. If you want a bright image you need to draw a lot of power. Even if you go with very efficient LEDs, the battery life on these things is going to be terrible.
With a laser projector, you could project the image directly on your retina, which is tiny. Bright image, low power, no laws of physics broken.

wcoenen

Re:Physics (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931134)

Its April 1. Didn' they mention the RTG power pack?

Ita a cell phone! No, It's a hand-warmer!

Re:Physics (1)

Strange Quark Star (1157447) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931246)

It may be more efficient than you think, it employs a fundamentally different design.
Instead of shining light from a bulb through a LCD screen you have 3 lasers coalesce into one beam and draw each pixel on the wall or wherever.
So no energy is wasted, all the power goes directly to the screen.

Of course the power consumption will still be high for a bright picture, but far lower than that of conventional projectors.

Re:Physics (1)

ne0n (884282) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931272)

IIRC the pocket projector comes with built-in nuclear power generation so you'll need a bit of external cooling capacity, but then you don't need batteries at all. Costco already has a contract to bring these out in September.

Ultimate ultra-portable (1)

shewfig (1051592) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930506)

Combine this in a single case with a CPU and a laser keyboard and it's the ultimate ultra-portable. On an airline tray table, take out the small box, which projects the image on the back of the seat in front of you, and the keyboard on the tray itself.

As component miniaturization continues, the limiting factors in ultraportables are increasingly the human interfaces - the screen and the keyboard.

Old news. (5, Informative)

odin84gk (1162545) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930510)

I will believe it when I see it at Best Buy.

This has been out there since 2007 http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/hands-on-with-microvisions-itty-bitty-projector/ [engadget.com]

And even in 2006. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2006/06/70942 [wired.com]

My Name Is Jon Katz (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930514)

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You might think this is all pretty funny now but I doubt I'll hear you laughing if, some day, McCain is successfully able to rob us of our lives, our health, our honor, and our belongings. Even without the incorrigible ideology of Fabianism in the picture, we can still say that he ought to realize that the most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. Unfortunately, McCain tends to utter so much verbiage about mysticism that I can conclude only that if he were to precipitate riots, social upheaval and violence would follow. It is therefore clear that McCain once said that violence and prejudice are funny. Oh, please. I'm just glad I hadn't eaten dinner right before I heard him say that. Otherwise, I'd probably still be vomiting too hard to tell you that McCain has been trying for some time to convince people that he is the way, the truth, and the light. Don't believe his hype! McCain has just been offering that line as a means to condone illegal activities.

No matter how bad you think McCain's criticisms are, I assure you that they are far, far worse than you think. This state of affairs demands the direct assault on those uncontrollable remonstrations that seek to traduce and discredit everyone but malicious, unforgiving buggers. Do McCain's cultists challenge the present and enrich the future? No, that would be the correct and logical thing to do. Instead, they have more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together.

Let's consider for a moment, though, that maybe I can't let McCain put an indecent spin on important issues. Then doesn't it follow that he would like to see patriotism, honor, and personal responsibility fall into desuetude? Even so, his strategy is make people feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to take a chance and let him defy the rules of logic in hopes that letting McCain do such a thing may actually improve society. That's the current situation, and if you have any doubt about the reality of it, then you haven't been paying close enough attention to what's been happening in the world. He is extremely psychotic. In fact, my Psychotic-O-Meter confirms that we should knock some sense into McCain. (Goodness knows, our elected officials aren't going to.)

For what it's worth, I, speaking as someone who is not a careless, invidious card shark, don't want to build castles in the air. I don't want to plan things that I can't yet implement. But I do want to help you reflect and reexamine your views on McCain because doing so clearly demonstrates how he and his legates are puppets of what I call power-drunk perjurers. Well, that's another story. To get back to my main point, I ought to mention that I want to thank McCain for his zingers. They give me an excellent opportunity to illustrate just how brassbound McCain can be.

Solecism can not and must not be tolerated. How much more illumination does that fact need before McCain can grasp it? Assuming the answer is "a substantial amount", let me point out that I wouldn't judge McCain's pals too harshly. They're just cannon fodder for McCain's plot to perpetrate acts of the most maladroit character. You're probably thinking, "The fact that apolaustic peddlers of snake-oil remedies find McCain's teachings entertaining -- indeed, titillating -- is deeply horrifying to the past and potential victims of such traducements." Well, you're right. But something else you should know is that if you were to ask him, he'd say that he doesn't remember plaguing our minds. Not only does McCain have a very selective memory, but he is reluctant to resolve problems. He always just looks the other way and hopes no one will notice that to say that his vices are the only true virtues is catty nonsense and untrue to boot.

McCain's few successes exhibit no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity. Let's remember that. At the same time, McCain should think twice before he decides to publish blatantly longiloquent rhetoric as "education" for children to learn in school. At the risk of sounding a tad redundant, let me add that his zealots believe that it is tyrannical to question his credos. Although it is perhaps impossible to change the perspective of those who have such beliefs, I wish nevertheless to treat the disease, not the symptoms. I've received a smattering of mail from people who want to know the real story behind his negligent tractates, so here it is: He is still going around insisting that his précis are Right with a capital R. Jeez, I thought I had made it perfectly clear to him that his hysteria-producing protests are sufficient to give pause to the less thoughtful among us. "Oh, oh," such people think. "We'd better help McCain compose paeans to interdenominationalism -- just in case."

Oh, and one more thing. I fear the shallow orthodoxies of McCain's superstitious form of despotism. I'll say that again because I want it to sink in: McCain got a little carried away with his hotheaded prevarications. When he was first found trying to hold annual private conferences in which the most superficial self-proclaimed arbiters of taste and standards you'll ever see are invited to present their "research", I was scared. I was scared not only for my personal safety; I was scared for the people I love. And now that McCain is planning to assail all that is holy, I'm definitely downright terrified.

If you agree, read on. Unlike McCain, when I make a mistake I'm willing to admit it. Consequently, if -- and I'm bending over backwards to maintain the illusion of "innocent until proven guilty" -- he were not actually responsible for trying to create some blinkered, pseudo-psychological profile of me to discredit my opinions, then I'd stop saying that McCain presents one face to the public, a face that tells people what they want to hear. Then, in private, he devises new schemes to overthrow western civilization through the destruction of its four pillars -- family, nation, religion, and democracy.

McCain holds onto power like the eunuch mandarins of the Forbidden City -- sterile obstacles to progress who shower the worst types of dishonest mafia dons I've ever seen with undeserved encomia. I am on an important mission to renew those institutions of civil society -- like families, schools, churches, and civic groups -- that offer a framework for discussion so that we can more quickly reach a consensus. If I don't accomplish that mission, his plans to prevent the real problems from being solved could well succeed. Now that you've read the bulk of this letter, it should not come as a complete surprise that it is a dangerous folly to ignore the threat to democracy posed by disruptive nutters. However, this fact bears repeating again and again, until the words crack through the hardened exteriors of those who would manipulate everything and everybody. I am referring, of course, to the likes of John McCain.

April fool's day? (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930562)

What happened to typical slashdot April Fool's Day?

All these serious threads are putting me to sleep. Quick, hook me up with something goofy!

Re:April fool's day? (4, Insightful)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930642)

"What happened to typical slashdot April Fool's Day?"

Why that *IS* the April Fools joke silly!

Everybody was waiting for their April Fools day jokes only to find no jokes. Hah, April Fools !

Re:April fool's day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22931082)

Apparently there was a lawsuit [slashdot.org] last year.

Re:April fool's day? (2, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931336)

The joke is that Taco and Zonk are logged in and working under each others' usernames. Those scamps!

Canceled by edict of Dept of Homeland Security (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931444)

What happened to typical slashdot April Fool's Day?

The Department of Homeland Security realized that April Fools jokes make it possible for terrorists to stage attacks and have the response delayed and disrupted by people who think the reports are pranks. So April Fools pranks are now considered to be acts of terrorism.

The historic worst offenders are already at Gitmo (due to a preemptive strike). Teams are rounding up additional pranksters as they commit their terrorim and cleaning out their postings from forums such as Slashdot.

If you've already pulled something today and haven't met them yet, it was either too small to be worth their immediate attention or they haven't found out and traced you down yet.

creators newclear powered light show beginning (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22930614)

no gadgets required. see you there? let yOUR conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071229/ap_on_sc/ye_climate_records;_ylt=A0WTcVgednZHP2gB9wms0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080108/ts_alt_afp/ushealthfrancemortality;_ylt=A9G_RngbRIVHsYAAfCas0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A [nytimes.com]

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying [google.com]

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html [cnn.com]

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html [cnn.com]

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html [cnn.com]

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece [timesonline.co.uk]
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

Just what I need (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930634)

The You Tube Ipecac Challenge displayed in a public setting. I can't wait!

Finally! (1)

GottliebPins (1113707) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930690)

Finally pocket pr0n!

what makes 'em possible? half-bit encoding. (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930754)

no other way to get all those half-bit movies that are being released into that small amount of memory, except using half-bit encoding.

only problem is, the tiny projectors play 'em half-fast.

Small enough to embed descreetly in a small droid? (3, Funny)

Starturtle (1148659) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930762)

Help me Obi-wan Kenobi you're my only hope.

Re:Small enough to embed descreetly in a small dro (1)

BoogeyOfTheMan (1256002) | more than 6 years ago | (#22930892)

Hehehe. A Star Wars cosplayers dream come true. Think how much more authentic your R2 costume could be with one of these.

Re:Small enough to embed descreetly in a small dro (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931518)

A projector for a flat surface in that size is easy. The high-tech is creating the 3-D screen in midair and only illuminating the selected parts.

(Holograms won't do it: You can only see the floating image if the hologram, a mirror giving you an image of the hologram, or a diffuser that is already encoded into the hologram, is in the line-of-sight to every pixel.)

Frying the Projectors (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931052)

I have a very powerful laser pointer. If someone's using one of these projectors annoyingly in public, I will just zap all over their picture. Perhaps from hundreds of feet away.

If they try to get tough, I'll just dial the laser up to "stun".

bugger that. (2, Insightful)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931072)

bugger that.

what I want is its big brother that can project HD image on the opposite wall, bright enough for normal viewing and about the size of a large book so I can hide it in the bookshelves on one side of the room and have a discreet drop down on the other. a small wireless remote could control the whole shebang.

or maybe what I want is the projector built into the lid or case of my laptop so I can project an image for 21" use in my hotel room or presentation, why would I want to carry another gadget?

or maybe I want the low resolution table top clock that can also project information, headlines, travel and weather onto my bedroom ceiling on a spoken command.

perhaps I want the discreet projector that can shine instructions or notes onto the smoked glass door in my hi tech corporate office. or airport. or train station.

why would I not want my sat nav to project onto my windscreen HUD like and stop me dangerously craning my neck to look at a 3" screen when I should be driving. while its at it, it can show key dashboard information as well.

what I absolutely do *not* need is a phone that can project images when hooked up to a matchbox - its a phone, thats all.

I like the tech, I really do - but I think they could do more with it!

anybody else got any cool ideas about what to do with a dinky little laser projector........?

Retinal Projection (1)

Strange Quark Star (1157447) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931400)

Another use of this tech could be direct projection of the image on one's retina.
You can adjust the power output to arbitrarily low levels to not boil your eyes away. Also this thing does not require focusing, thus allowing projection to screens of arbitrary sizes while maintaining resolution. You could for instance get a 50'' image from 1m away, as well as 5'' from 7m, giving you almost total freedom of choice for placing the unit.
So with pupil tracking it should be possible to put one on the desk before you to replace your computer monitor, TV, whatever. No need for those bulky VR goggles!

One more company (2, Informative)

shas3n (1121469) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931094)

There is one more company that is making these and apparently they did a demo in CES this year.
See here http://www.lightblueoptics.com/ [lightblueoptics.com] They have a nice set of 'artists impression' of their applications !

Incompetent or Evil (0, Offtopic)

GNUPublicLicense (1242094) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931192)

Indeed, youtube uses exclusively a flash player... which is *bad* since it's not GPL. It's obvious that they are quite incompetent at youtube because they are not even able to code a fall back on a proper HTML element. That would allow standard video web browser plugins to handle the stream (most support flv codecs and format). Incompetence is the only reason I can think of, because I'm not able to picture google brut forcing flash on purpose. I don't think google being able to be that nasty... really.

The real effect (1)

edraven (45764) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931252)

I've been watching this develop and waiting for these to become commercially available for a few years now. Not because I want one, I don't. I want salespeople to buy them in droves, because it will shift the focus (heh) of more traditional digital projectors towards the home theatre market. I don't care if you can fit the projector in a briefcase. I want a good picture from a quiet projector at a reasonable price. If it's the size of a refrigerator, but it costs $50 and the bulbs are $10..? sold.

they stole my idea.. (1)

josepha48 (13953) | more than 6 years ago | (#22931324)

.. I should have patented this when I thought of it.. of course it is so obvious.. rather than have a large screen on a device, put a small projector in it and then you can have as large as screen as you can a surface..

Imagine taking a nokia N810 and adding a projector in it. Add a usb hub for a little larger keyboard and a mouse and you can have an ultra portable desktop anywhere. Just add white surface.

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