Friday, August 28, 2009
3M’s new pocket projector called the MPro120, is “the next-generation of battery operated pocket projectors” claimed by 3M. This product is advertised saying that you can project videos, photos, business presentations, slideshows, ect. on almost any wall, almost anywhere. The MPro120 is compatible with computers, MP3 players, iPods, smartphones, and digital cameras. The MPro120 projects only 12 lumens of brightness, with VGA resolution (4:3 aspect ratios) and projects image sizes from 8” to 50”. The MPro120 has a long battery life of up to 4 hours. It also has 2 built in .5 speakers, and the bulbs are energy efficient LED lights that last 20,000 hours. This lightweight projector only weighs 5.6 ounces and has the dimensions of; 0.98" H x 4.7" D x 2.3" W. When you buy this product it comes with all the essential cables, a protective bag, a rechargeable battery, a table-top tripod, and it’s all backed by a 1 year warranty.
As of right now the MPro120 is going for $385 USD, which in my opinion is pretty steep for something that is only 12 lumens because it would have to be a pretty dark room to get a really good picture from the projector at that brightness level. I don’t find this product very efficient for my everyday use, sure it’s pretty cool but I don’t think that I would be willing to pay almost $400 for something I would only use occasionally. But then again, I’m not a traveling businessman who has to give presentations on the go. I think the MPro120 is a very cool product, and it is a very big step from the MPro110, offering a lot of new specs and some impressive new features. Not many people were very happy about the MPro110 because of the brightness level of the projection and not only that, but the image quality was horrible. But the MPro120 isn’t much brighter than the MPro110 and I really want to see how many people actually like this new product.
Sanyo has announced a new lightweight projector called the LP-XU106. The release date for this projector will be on November 20th. The projector weights exactly 3.4 kilograms, making it the brightest projector in its class. It projects at 4,500 lumens and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio because of the inorganic LCD panel for the optical engine, making this perfect for projecting in bright rooms. The lens has a 1.6x zoom. It also has Corner Keystone Correction Function and an Easy Setup Function. This will allow a clean crisp image without putting up a white screen or a sheet at a 1024×768 resolution and is able to put up a 40in to 300in projection.
A cool feature that the projector offers is an Ethernet port that allows you to control the projector over a network. The LP-XU106 has mono speakers; also has RCA Video, S-video, and 2 VGA inputs. This is a perfect projector for people who are traveling doing business because of how light and compact it is. The LP-XU106 will cost 575,400 yen, which roughly converts into $6,100 USD.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Nikon released a new camera that sounds like something you would find in a sci-fi movie. The Nikon S1000pj, has a 2.7” screen, a 12.1 mega pixel sensor, and a VGA projector. The dimensions of the camera are; Height: 2.5 in. (62.5mm) Width: 4 in. (99.5mm) Depth: 0.9 in. (23mm), and only weighs 5.5 oz. The camera has an ISO setting of up to 6400, with a 5x zoom. The projector can put a 40 inch projection on to the wall. The camera comes with a remote control and a tri-pod stand. The output resolution for the protector is VGA (640 x 480) and it will be able to play recorded videos, and play slide shows of the pictures you take. This little gadget will be running you around $430 USD.
When I heard about this camera I really couldn't believe it. I've been waiting for an affordable camera like this. Instead if hooking up your camera to your laptop, or even your TV, you can just throw up image slide shows and videos on to the wall! You can brag to your friends by showing them your vacation pictures projected in high quality on to any wall! This is a major step into the future for in the camera industry. Hopefully we will be seeing a lot more cameras that are offering new and more advance capabilities.