CES 2008: Microvision launches prototype SHOW Pico Projector

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Microvision is set to show off its new SHOW Pico Projector at CES next week. It’s a super-small laser projector which is currently a prototype, claiming to be the first handheld battery-powered plug-and-play projector. It’s a niche, but…

Anyway, it’s a PDA-sized full-colour laser projector that connects to laptops, mobiles, PMPs, digital cameras and other handheld devices (PSP?) to project hi-res images onto a wall or screen. The company promises WVGA resolution – 848×480 – capable of being blown up to 100 inches in size.

SHOW has a battery life of 2.5 hours, but it’s the resolution that Microvision is trumpeting, saying it’s more than five times the resolution of competing mini projectors. The company also reckons the core technology behind SHOW could be embedded directly into mobile phones and other devices. In the meantime, Microvision is aiming to turn SHOW into a commercial product by the end of 2008.

Microvision website

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Stuart Dredge