I've seen a couple at around $125 but they are only 10 lumens -- the problem is that not having actually seen one in the flesh I don't have a feel for how bright this is -- my gut feel is that for something serious one woudl need 40 lumens or more -- I'm hoping to get my hands on one to play with it -- if I do I'll write a follow-up blog -- make sure you're signed up for the Programmable Logic Designline weekly newsletter and then you'll see that blog when I write it. Cheers -- Max
I would love one of these as a neat toy for the kids! But if the price is in the many hundreds then I will sadly have to pass. It seems to me that I have seen these used in a presentation (in an on-line video)but can't remember where I saw it. I do remember thinking "Way cool" when I saw it but like many things the price needs to be right. I can hope, one day that it will be under $60...
This reminds me of my days as a product manager at In Focus back in the early 90's. The key difference being that we were answering those questions for the first time. That, and the size. Our first self-contained projector barely fit under an airline seat. That was a our size requirement, by the way. It had to fit under the seat. The word "portable" has been re-defined a few times since then.
We actually had an answer to the "self-contained storage" device a bit earlier than the self-contained projector. The first version I worked on was called the LightShow II. It could hook to the computer and capture screen images to a floppy disk for later replay without the computer on our PC Viewers (big LCD that sat on top of an overhead projector) and later to our self-contained projectors. It also came built into the projectors too. That way, all you needed was the one box. No computer.
As far as light output goes, we determined that 200 lumens was about the practical minimum brightness for real-world use in a conference room. Less would work, but only with very controlled lighting and/or small image sizes.
Based on my recollection of some of our testing, I'd guess that 45 lumens would be good for a 12 to 18 inch diagonal projection with a bit of lighting flexibility.
Very nifty, indeed.
Love the article, Max. Pico Projectors are great 'eye candy' as you mention...and can definitely impress! The Adapt 305 Pocket Projector remains one of the best on the market...it has 45 lumens of brightness, 4GB onboard memory and easily projects from a small tripod (@David Ashton) so no need to worry about handshake! This nifty pico projector is great for presentations and videos.
You can check out the 305 over at http://www.personalprojector.co.uk - Personal Projector are specialists in LED Micro Projectors and ship internationally.
Hope this helps!
We can all wish for this and that for the pico's, but it's like any other electronic device. It is going to constantly evolve. So, you can wait and wait, but they are here now and they work pretty darn good. I followed them for two years when they were first discussed. I jumped into it this summer and I'm happy as a clam. It's quite suitable for many situations. The clarity is quite sufficient. In fact, I've been amazed. I take mine on camping trips and show them on the side of a tent. People are wowed. Just laying in bed and putting it on the ceiling is great too. The time is here. Don't wait or you will miss all the fun. By the way, mine is 30 lumens, that is the point where I thought it was worth jumping in.
Hi there -- I think that handshake could be a problem if used as shown in the image -- but I'd like to try it to see. For what I want to do I'd use it on a small tripod with a remote control -- I'm thinking this would be great for things like my forthcoming talk to the local optimists club. Also I'm planning on offering 1/2 day seminars here in town called something like "Writing for Success" and it would be great for that also. I've already received a couple of suggestions -- I'll do another blog on this shortly -- Max
Before you get too keen Max, just think about the effect of hand shake on a decent sized image projected on the wall as shown. Even if you haven't had a few beers it could be very annoying to your viewers. And frankly the perspective in the pic in your post doesn't look right, I suspect it's (rather badly) photoshopped.
Nonetheless it does look a real handy bit of gear to have in your top pocket, especially if is can be used standalone as you want. Let us know what you finally get, and what you think of it.