A Really Expensive (but cool) Stocking Stuffer!

I am continually impressed with how small they have gotten things.

I remember the days when cell phone batteries alone were bigger then my entire Blackberry.

I remember the days when my Gameboy had a monochrome screen and was as big as a video tape.

I remember the days when mobile computers were the size of briefcases.

Soon I’ll be saying I remember the days when a projector was a device almost the size of a car battery.

Just as I was getting over the incredibly small size of my iPod nano, Optoma releases their brand new “Pico” projector.

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The specs are unbelievable:
Projection Type – DLP (The same technology behind digital projection in movie theaters)

Light Source – LED

Light Source Life – Estimated at 20,000 Hours

Weight – 4 oz with Battery (with the battery it’s 4oz??????)

Dimensions (W x H x D) –
1.97″ x 0.59″ x 4.06″ (50 x 15 x 103 mm) (An inch taller than the current iPod nano)

Battery – Li-ion Rechargeable (3.7V, 1100 mAh)

Battery Life – Up to 1.5 Hours

Image Size – 6″ to 60″ (0.15 to 1.5m)

Audio – One 0.5-Watt Speaker

Standard Accessories:
Power Adaptor
USB Cable
Tripod Adaptor
(2) Batteries
Standard A/V Cable (RCA to Mini-Jack)
iPod Kit with Dock Connector (US only)
Bag

This thing is impressive and at only $430 it’s a steal. Full size projectors cost 2 to 3 times that.

So for those of you looking for a great gift for that traveling presenter look no further. Or maybe a gift for your favorite blogger????

You can check out the Pico at the Optoma website:
http://www.optomausa.com/pico.asp

and

David Pogue at the New York Times has a great review on it here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/technology/personaltech/05pogue.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

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