Anyone else intrigued by these new and inexpensive pocket-sized projectors?

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Bill Loguidice
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I love the idea of these incredibly portable projectors, like this pocket-sized one: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2335583,00.asp and this slightly bigger one from Dell: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/technology/personaltech/02project.html

I can't wait to someday get one of these. This would really be yet another convenient option instead of lugging some type of monitor/display out every time I wanted to view something as well as many other potential uses on a portable basis.

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Inexpensive digital camera with a built in projector!

Too cool: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351143,00.asp

Finally, these pico projectors are starting to see useful integration into everyday devices...

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It would be nice to have a

It would be nice to have a 35-inch screen instead of 3.5 inches, but it takes 100 times as much light.

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Intrigued? Yes...

The technology will hopefully continue to leap and bound ahead of these devices.

The main concern I have with these devices (thanks for the links, BTW!) is the display resolution. The cheaper "Optoma Pico" model reviewed on the PC Mag website states that the resolution is a mere 480-by-320. That could be a problem, depending on what your purpose for the device is. Personally, I'd want a portable movie projector!

The Dell projector sounds much more respectable, resolution-wise: 800 x 600. For only $100 more, I'd spring for this!

The day when we have an all-in-one portable movie projector, cell phone, music player, videogame machine, web browser, GPS, and still/video camera may not be that far off!!!!

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Wolfgang und Wolfgang of ComputerClub2 have tested such devices and they are really bad. Especially the ultra portable ones.
Imagine being able to have a letter/A4 sized rather dim projected area at best. A regular LCD screen will be a lot better, but not as portable. A gimmick nothing more.

The reviews I've read of the latest models seem to indicate that a lot of those problems have been overcome. Regardless of the present reality, I can see this technology advancing rapidly, and it's just a matter of time before it's built into things like iPods and cell phones...

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They are supposed to be really bad

Wolfgang und Wolfgang of ComputerClub2 have tested such devices and they are really bad. Especially the ultra portable ones.
Imagine being able to have a letter/A4 sized rather dim projected area at best. A regular LCD screen will be a lot better, but not as portable. A gimmick nothing more.

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