Matt Nichols, a spokesman of Microvision (a maker of display and imaging products) has announced that the first picoprojectors will be commercially released towards the end of 2008.
The company shared some of their plans for this mobile projector technology. Only limited amounts will be shipped this year, with bigger volumes following in 2009 (if it sells well of course). The first one will be of accessory type, letting you connect them not only to mobile phones, but to digital cameras as well. In the future, the company plans working with their partners and integrating the picoprojectors inside the handsets.
EE Times Asia revealed some of the technical specs as well. The projectors use RGB lasers for output, and the current model can produce a 848×480 resolution image. A prototype projector called SHOW was recently demonstrated by Microvision at this years SID Display Week.
Here’s a picture advertising their Pico technology (the device there is of course a concept):
So is this just another fad, or maybe the “next big thing”? Only time will show, but there are big companies and big money behind this technology.
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