Microvision SHOW, a palm-sized DVD-quality projector


The phrase “DVD-quality” usually doesn’t get a high-def junkie like me excited, but I’ll make an exception in the case of Microvision’s SHOW. The handheld pico-projector will be on display (heh) at CES but in prototype form only; the company doesn’t anticipate a product release until the end of 2008.There’s a few interesting aspects from a mobile perspective. First off, the unit is small at only 7mm thick and sized roughly like a PDA so it can be thrown into a gadget bag. Next up is the rechargeable battery that lasts around 2.5 hours. Longer life would be better, but let’s face it: if you’re showing a slide-deck presentation for anything longer than 20 minutes, odds are good that you’ll face either a snoozing audience or a crowd of BS-Bingo players. Last up is the picture quality for something this small: 848 x 480 ranging in size from 12- to 100-inches diagonal.Of course, there’s a limited market for this type of mobile display gadgetry. I wouldn’t carry one around unless I were a trainer, presenter or someone who likes to surf the web on the side of a neighbors house in the middle of the night. Hmm… I probably shared too much just then. Guess it’s time to move.


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