3M today launch their Mpro150 pocket projector. Weighing just 160 grams and measuring 125mm in length, the tiny projector can beam images up to 50 inches in size. Featuring a 2 hour battery life and an LED light source that…
I’ve been playing around with 3M’s MPro 110 projector for a couple of weeks now, and I’m not sure what it’s for. It will throw a (small) picture onto a wall in a dark room, sure, but it seems to be built to be portable. The problem is that I can’t see a situation that you’ll encounter on a regular basis where this thing will be useful.
Even in lights-down conditions, it simply isn’t bright enough for you to see what’s going on – a pitch-black room would be fine, but on-the-move – where this product is intended to be used – you’re not going to run into those conditions.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I don’t have a real problem with the product (beyond the cable length issue mentioned in the video) – I just don’t see any demand for it. I guess that’s 3M’s problem, not mine. It can be yours (the product, not the problem) for £299, and it’s available now.
Several companies are beavering away on micro projectors for use inside mobile phones, and the latest to go public with a prototype is 3M. It’s showing an LED-illuminated projection engine at CES that’s half an inch thick, and capable of projecting a 40-inch image at VGA resolution.