The popularity of the projector is on the rise, and as Projector Critic points out, as the use of these devices keep growing, their size continues to shrink. Projectors were once these huge monstrosities that were quite difficult to carry around. Now, they can actually fit in the palm of your hand. Known by many terms, such as “pocket projectors,” “mini projectors,” “pico projectors,” and “mobile projectors,” these devices are literally everywhere. Let’s take a look at a few.
MicroVision SHOWWX Laser Mini Projector – This is one of the best projectors available on the market for iPad at this time. It comes with everything that you will need to use it, including Apple cables, and features a PicoP display engine. It only comes with an HDMI cable, however, so if your laptop needs the VGA cable hookup, this is not the way to go. This projector can be purchased from Amazon for about $400.
iPico – iPico is much cheaper than the MicroVision SHOWWX Laser Mini Projector, but also falls a bit short in features and performance. It can be found for as little as $53 at Amazon, making it a great buy for those who just want a simple projector for their Apple device. It is not nearly as bright, nor is the picture as clear, but at about $350 cheaper, what can you really expect? The iPico attaches to the iPhone or iPod Touch with a dock connector which pops out. Slide the iPhone into the dock, turn the iPico on, and you’re all ready to go, according to Computer World.
Cinemin Swivel Multimedia Mini Projector – For a price range that is somewhere between the iPico and the MicroVision SHOWWX Laser Mini Projector, Amazon features this device for a little over $200. Created exclusively for devices like the iPad, this device features a 90 degree tilt, which very few mini projectors can boast of. With this tilt feature, it is easy to project onto almost any surface without the need of a tripod. It is very small, and easy to carry around. It will connect to almost any device, except for a computer. This includes flips, digital cameras, PSPs, and smart phones. It will project almost 8 feet without losing any of the picture quality. And..isn’t the name just perfect? (Cinemin from Cinema and Mini)
These are just a few of the half decent devices out on the market, but a lot more are being produced directly into phones and tablets now, so let’s see where that goes in the next few years.