Miniaturized Projectors

Remember the days of hauling around 10 lb. projectors? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use our cell phone as a projector? That day may not be far off.

I have to express my appreciation to my colleague, Dan Pinnington, who is the Director of PracticePRO at Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company in Toronto, for bringing this tidbit to my attention.

A company called Microvision has created a miniature embedded projector called a Pico Projector Display which is designed to be utilized in mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs. Motorola is featured prominently on their site as a business partner, so it won’t be long until we see this new technology emerge.

Microvision is also working on Wearable Displays, such as see-through eye-glass projection. Although this is currently applicable mostly to military usage, we are already seeing some consumer applications showing in high-end mail order catalogs from Hammacher Schlemmer and Sharper Image etc for eye-glass movie viewing. Soon those people who ride the train listening to their iPOD will be immersed in a full movie-viewing experience instead.

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