VERY TINY PROJECTORS

According to the folks at Microvision, a company that makes ultra-miniature projectors, every new smart phone will have one in the next few years. You’ll be able to do a short video or still photograph and project it on a wall.

These so-called “pico” proje353_26186_S1000pj_34l_pjctors are already here for cameras. The first such camera is the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, which is selling at $350 to $450 on the web; most prices are closer to $350. It can project your pictures as large as a 40-inch diagonal image and still retain resolution. The Coolpix camera has a 12 megapixel sensor, which means clear color prints as large as 16 by 20 inches.

LG Electronics has a pico projector that snaps on to their “eXpo” camera and the combo is priced at $480 (more info at lge.com). The projected image can be as large as a 60-inch diagonal. You can also get tiny stand-alone projectors, such as the “Pico Pocket Projector” from Optoma, for around $225 to $300.

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