You saw what happened with the Mp3 music player, the cellular phone, the EeePC, all the things we take for granted right now. When one of them actually makes it to the market, needless to say everyone is aware immediately how the devil is in the specifics – the very first VCRs took forever to load up and begin to play a movie, as well as the picture quality was tolerable at best. Everybody complained of thin as well as sterile music from the very first compact disks as well as Mp3 music players, and how the single-line LCD screens made them extremely hard to make use of. And the first EeePC with the 2GB SSD hard drives unleashed whole series of publication articles regarding how to whittle Windows XP down to fit on them, or better still, give up Windows XP to opt for Ubuntu. In the arena of the pocket presentation projectors, this is where we’re at the moment.
Everything started this past year – computer system peripherals makers began to introduce little projectors the size of a cellular phone. Their own market were the millions of PowerPoint presenting road warriors who need to share graphs and charts with colleagues and business enterprise associates regularly. Digging out the laptop each time as well as having a bunch of people crowd around has been annoying. The image quality was not that great in any way; you can get maybe a boring 3-foot image splashed across a wall, which quickly washed as soon as anyone switched a light on. Hence it had its problems; yet the idea was such a appealing one, that every major add-ons manufacturer started initiatives to get in on the act. What a great idea to market! School kids could regale their friends with a YouTube video clip on the wall; when they were home, they could get into bed, and with the lights turned off, have a good movie played out on the ceiling. The probabilities were endless for these ultra-mini presentation projectors.
So now a year later, the industry is finally settling down on some sort of a sweet spot in selling prices and a minimal level of satisfactory overall performance. They have a completely new name for this particular product also – the pico projector. And there already are two contending standards planned. The first is the category where pico presentation projectors are designed right into a cellphone (just like the LG Expo). And the second is a separate unit, which puts out a superb graphic, with lasers – the Aaxa L1 being the sole example so far. In reality, the LG Expo is the first phone of its kind over here. In Asia, they’ve apparently had it for ages. Which is a shame, because the LG Expo is about the worst possible implementation of this excellent brand new technology. It is less than a hundredth as bright as a regular projector, and the phone is quite hard to utilize. Yet since it is the first of its kind, individuals are guaranteed to buy it for the novelty of it.
The standalone Aaxa L1 is much better; about four times as bright as the LG, and it makes use of lasers, and could connect to almost all kinds of sources. But it merely plays MPG, AVI, WB and ASF and if it’s not the proper file format, you’ll have minor difficulty to deal with. Pico presentation projectors might not have really hit that sweet spot as of this time. But they’re much better than the sweet spot we had last year, and that seems pretty interesting.