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Announcing The Cinemin Swivel Projector

The Cinemin Swivel Multimedia Pico Projector by WowWee is a portable projector compatible with iPod and iPhone, flexible and well equipped for international travel. Give stunning Powerpoint presentations or take a home theater abroad (or right at home!).

The 90 degree hinge design allows you to project on the floor, walls, or ceiling, without need for a tripod.

It is also compatible with Flip Video camcorders, PSP, digital cameras, portable DVD players, and smartphones with video-out functionality, though it can’t be hooked up to a computer or laptop. It weights only 6.4 ounces.

The Swivel’s DLP projection technology can project a 480 x 320 (HVGA) image to 60-inch (diagonal) from over eight feet away, in a dimly lit room. It has an approximately two hour battery life.

The Cinemin Swivel comes with everything you need to get it hooked up and projecting: an AC/DC power adapter with four plugs, USB (A) to mini USB (B-5 pin) cable, USB (A) to mini USB (B-4 pin) cable, 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable, AV composite to 3.5 mm cable, battery, padded soft case with Velcro flap, and a quick start guide.

3M Camcorder Projector Shoot ‘n Share CP40

The 3M Camcorder Projector Shoot ‘n Share CP40 is a combination portable camcorder and portable projector.

It is only 5.6 ounces and fits easily in a pocket.  This device is pretty no frills as far as video recording goes (perhaps similar to a Flip), and requires an additional microSD card for storage.

But if you’re looking for a simple camcorder and projector device rolled into one, you might want to check out the 3m Shoot ‘n Share CP40.

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Disney Files Patent for Video Cakes

disney projector cakeDisney Enterprises has recently filed an intriguing patent titled “Projector systems and methods for producing digitally augmented, interactive cakes and other Food Products.”

This patent application describes a children’s birthday cake with a built-in pico projector.  Not only would a video be projected on the frosted surface of the cake, but the automated digital cake system would allow for interactivity and storytelling.

I wonder how Cinderella will react when your raise a knife to her?

MacBooks and iPhones soon to have integrated projectors

Recent patent applications filed by Apple show suggestions that many of their devices–such as MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads–will soon integrate pico projectors.  This will make Apple products all the more attractive for people giving presentations or seeking portable theater setups.  Details on the patents can be read at PatentlyApple.

Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector

The Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector is now available for preorder, and is sure to be a hit, as one of the most advanced portaprojectors to date.


Optoma’s PK301 Pico pocket projector provides projection power anywhere. Featuring up to 50 ANSI lumens and native widescreen WVGA resolution, the palm-sized PK301 enables you to easily share videos, photos and graphics at home or on the road. Enjoy unlimited content playback at your fingertips with the microSD card slot, HDMI and VGA connectivity. Compact and robustly-featured, the PK301 sets a new standard for mobile projecting.

  • MicroSD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 16 GB
  • Project large widescreen images of up to 120″ diagonal
  • LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color
  • Full assortment of I/O ports, including USB, VGA, HDMI and video, allow for easy connection to most analog or digital devices
  • Extended power battery pack, iPod kit-share the fun from iPods and iPhones,Female USB adapter -project images and videos from USB ,Mini HDMI cable

The PK301 can be preordered from Amazon here.

Syndiant gets $4.4 million in funding

If it’s any further indication that portaprojectors are going big, Syndiant, one of the several leading manufacturers of pico projector technology, have just secured an additional $4.4 million in venture funding from Texas Emerging Technology Fund.  They’ve now received $15.1 million in its “B round” of funding, for a total of $23.9 million.  The company was founded in 2004 by former Texas Instruments engineers.

New Samsung Projector Phone in Korea: Beam SPH-W9600

Projector phones are taking off a lot faster in Asia than elsewhere, but the increasing frequency releases suggest that they may soon be seen around the world.


The latest, from Samsung is the AMOLED Beam, soon to be released in Korea. This phone a large 3.3″ WVGA touch panel, there’s also a 5MP camera, T-DMB TV support, and an improved DLP projector, compared to the original Haptic Beam

The Axaa L1, a Laser Pico Projector

The Aaxa L1 is among the first portaprojectors to feature improved image quality using a laser-based projection technology.  This new technology is allegedly a cure for pixelation problems, and eliminates the need for focusing.


From a CNET writeup:

Aaxa Technologies, which makes a line of Pico projectors, is about to release what it calls “the world’s first laser pico projector with an internal media player and storage.”

So far we haven’t been terribly impressed with the first few batches of Pico projectors, but some laser-based models appear to be more promising–though expensive. The Aaxa L1 has a $599 price tag and a ship date of February 12. Pico projectors that use LED-based light sources tend to range in price from about $250 to $350.

Aaxa says the L1 uses its PCOS technology, which combines a three-color laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS image to deliver a 20-lumen output at 800×600 resolution without “the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.” Like other laser Pico projectors, this model offers “focus-free operation” so you can easily move the projector around to project an image at whatever size you want (the company claims it can produce color-rich images up to 50″ in dark environments–we’ll believe it when we see it).

Samsung Beam, an All-in-One Projector Phone

The Samsung Beam, one of the first of a new generation of all-in-one pocket projector cell phones, has a brief write-up in PC Magazine.  We look forward to seeing this device in the second quarter of 2010.


Compared to the LG Expo:

That means the Beam is a lot slimmer. The projector lens is right on the top edge of the phone, with no unsightly bump. (There’s still a manual focus lever on the side of the phone.) That means the Beam is brighter, generating 10 lumens as opposed to 6 on the Expo, according to TI OMAP product management director Robert Tolbert. And the displayed image is higher-definition – 800-by-480 as opposed to 320-by-480.


The Beam’s projector struggled with the awful lighting conditions at the trade show, and some of its projected images looked washed out. That’s just life with a pico-projector. But I was impressed by its thinness and the brightness of its screen. Unlike the Expo, which mounts its projector in a huge, detachable hump, this is really a go-anywhere projector that doesn’t make you sacrifice convenience for the ability to play TV shows on a nearby wall. Also, Android 2.1 is just a more current and forward-thinking OS than the Windows Mobile 6.5 on the LG Expo, and the new TouchWiz 3.0 user interface overlay looked a lot more finished than the hideous quasi-beta version on the Samsung Behold II.

NYTimes: Clear Trend in Pocket Projectors

Portaprojectors have gotten a high profile writeup in David Pogue’s latest column in the New York times.    He highlights the technology as it begins to come of age, and features two devices, the Aaxa L1 (which he likes), and the LG Expo (which he doesn’t).


New technology follows a certain cycle. When a new category bursts out — the VCR, the MP3 player, the netbook — the first models are crude, expensive and underpowered. Several months later, me-too companies rush in, bringing the prices down and the refinement up. A few years later, the VCR, MP3 player or netbook reaches its final form, with only minor refinements in the years to come.

Last year, the world raised its collective eyebrows while witnessing the debut of the pico projector: a tiny, cellphone-size device that can project your photos, videos or PowerPoint deck on a screen or a wall. A small wall, to be sure — the biggest image is four or five feet diagonal, and only in a dark room.

Even so, the possibilities are tantalizing. On a plane flight, you’re not doomed to watch your movie on some three-inch iPod screen; you can use the seat back or even the ceiling as your screen. On a campout, you can review the day’s photos on your tent wall. In the elevator, you can do an impromptu PowerPoint pitch for the big financier. At home in bed, you can turn off the lights, point the thing straight up and enjoy a huge, bright image on the ceiling.

Both of these new pico products — the LG Expo and the Aaxa — are right on schedule. They’re advances in a device evolution that’s just getting under way. But one thing’s for sure: pico projectors have a very bright, high-resolution future.