TECH TRENDS: Gadgets
Sanwa Pico Projector (400-PRJ011): According to the manufacturer, “Apple’s been making inroads with enterprise users for some time, and now Sanwa’s giving the iPhone some serious presentation chops with its new pico projector. The 400-PRJ011 is compatible with both the iPhone 4 and the 4S, powered by its own 2,100mAh battery and also charges your iPhone’s battery whenever you turn the projector function off. It’s got a five-hour charge time, can provide 2.5 hours of steady projection and throws images on the wall up to 65-inches in size at 640 × 360 resolution and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.” Not only is that AMAZINGLY powerful considering the signal comes from a handheld smartphone , but this really showcases the HD quality images and conversion rates of the iPhone’s video playback, which we rarely get to see in its full glory.
Also amazing is the fact that it’s really not much bigger or heavier than an extra battery case (which is precisely what it does while in use), and also packs a major punch, projecting effortlessly to 65-inches: that’s an instant movie screen on the go, anywhere, anytime. Just last week this product was only available in Japan (for about 19,800 yen—roughly $260 U.S. dollars).
): Speaking of Japan always having the coolest stuff (and way before us), this crazy pair of goggles/eyewear/3D Space specs has just hit the U.S. market. For Android die-hards, here’s one for you. According to Tech Crunch: “Users can browse the web… view video content in both 2D and 3D thanks to a pair of qHD microprojectors, and hear it all with its built-in earbuds. And don’t worry too much about walking into the occasional wall — the visor is translucent, and pops off in case you really need your eyes for something.”
The Moverio also plays nicely with the thousands of Android apps floating around, so those who like to hurl porcine-hostile birds into orbit can do so on what Epson refers to as the “equivalent of an 80-inch display.”
The brains behind the operation are located in a separate control brick that also houses the device’s controls. With an integrated touchpad and the usual assortment of Android keys, users can take the device’s custom carousel UI for the proverbial spin and interact with apps. Extra bits like support for Flash and a microSD card sweeten the deal somewhat, but to say that the Moverio is a niche product is an understatement and its $699 price certainly doesn’t help.
My guess is, these bad boys will find their groove among buyers and developers and some really amazing new experiences will hatch out of them.