CES 2008: Microvision's diddy mobile projector the Show



The trouble with watching video on mobile phones is that their screens don’t tend to be big enough to let you get any idea of what is really happening. So all you get is a poor reproduction of the footage – some of which is now starting to approach decent quality – which you have shot.

One solution is to offer mini projectors that can hook up to mobiles and then display the images on any light coloured wall you might have handy.

At CES Microvision is touting a prototype of a ‘pico projector’ it calls ‘Show.’ It is basically a handheld, battery powered unit which can project video from everything from your mobile to your iPod. The unit itself is tiny – it is just 7mm thick – and has a battery life of over two hours.

Microvision is also claiming that the projector is capable of an output of DVD quality VGA (WVGA) image, that’s a resolution of 848 x 480 pixels, and has a throw of between 30cm and 2.5m.

Sadly it is not due until the end of the year which should give Microvision’s many rivals – Toshiba, Samsung et al – plenty of time to come up with something similar.


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