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Aiptek Gives Pico Projector A Much Needed Rival

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Aiptek Creates Funky Mini Projector / PMP Hybrid

Aiptek - so often the good work under many a Toshiba camcorder rebrand - has decided to step into the mini projector market and show us how its done...

So following on the likes of the Pico Projector and Microvision SHOW plus numerous other concept models such as the 1.3cm 3M and Foxconn prototype is the 'Pocket Cinema V10' which breaks away from the pack with an integrated media player.

Raw facts are it measures just 125 x 55 x 23mm yet projects a 42in screen from just 21cm at VGA resolution (interestingly using 3M technology) and comes with tripod and remote control bundled. Connections are via AV-out too (cable supplied) so it will play nice with everything from iPods to DV, DSC, games consoles or mobile phones while an SD/MMC memory card slot allows it to display pictures (Jpg) or playback audio (MP3) and video (Mpeg4) independently. This is a nice touch, especially for showing off newly taken camera snaps on the go.

As you might expect however the one snag in all this funkiness is price with the Pocket Cinema V10 costing a rather substantial £299.99. On the plus side however it does launch immediately and if you ever wanted to win a battle of my-PMP-is-cooler-than-your-PMP I'd say this does the trick emphatically...

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Keldon

November 26, 2008, 9:00 pm

Amazing sounding piece of kit, would love to see a review on TR :)



MarioM

November 26, 2008, 9:41 pm

According to Maplin's latest flier, they have it on sale - nearly bought it but it hasn't been TrustedReviewed...

ThaDon

November 26, 2008, 10:41 pm

@Keldon - Video-reviewed even?!?





@MarioM - Nice one; TR's opinion serves as a seal of approval ;)

basicasic

November 26, 2008, 11:00 pm

A 42" VGA (640x480) screen would be pushing it a bit quality wise methinks. Nonetheless fascinating bit of tech with a very promising future.





Wonder how long it will be before they're built into laptops to project a huge hi-res screen for games and films etc.

supoxf

November 27, 2008, 1:06 am

Here's one review for the impatient types:





http://metku.net/index.html?pa...





Personally, I can't wait to see these products mature. I'd like a bigger "screen" for movies than the current 20" wide TFT, but an actual TV would be too cumbersome for everyday use (not to mention power drain) and proper projectors cost way too much.

Gordon394

November 27, 2008, 5:46 am

@all - agreed, it does sound superb but let's wait for a TR review - there's A LOT the V10 needs to deliver on here...

MarioM

November 27, 2008, 5:44 pm

I'll fall off my chair if it gets more than 6/10 - but to quote the Joker, "think about the future!" If someone comes out with one of these that can be, for example, attached to a light fitting, you could go for whole-house video Sonos-style... or something. Not sure you'd actually want that, but video could potentially be unshackled from the screen. How about a waterproof one for the bathroom? Or advertising projectors that project onto the inside of the lift doors? Limitless applications for this!

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