With any big technology show there is only so much that can be covered at any one time, so here is the first of what is likely to be a few stories rounding up some of the coolest devices that almost slipped through our CES net.
Undoubtedly near the very top of these is Microvision's 'SHOW' handheld prototype projector - a battery powered 'plug and play' unit based on the company's single micro-mirror laser scanning display technology.
Now that is a bit of a mouthful, but this tongue twister is well worth it because what Microvision has concocted is a diddy 7mm thick model which can be connected to mobile consumer products - from mobile phones to laptops - and project whatever is on their displays at a DVD matching 848 x480 resolution at up to 100 inches. Quite the party piece…
Interestingly, just like rival systems such as 3M's 1.3cm projector and TI's pico-projector, Microvision also hopes to embed the SHOW directly into mobile products. Unlike it's competitors however the SHOW, is smaller and offers a higher resolution and far larger projection image.
"Consumers want better display solutions that will enrich their experience in watching TV, videos and movies, in playing games and in browsing the web from their cell phones and other mobile devices," said Alexander Tokman, President and CEO of Microvision. "While mobile multi-media subscription services are on the rise, handset manufacturers, content providers and service providers view tiny cell phone displays as a barrier to stronger consumer adoption of their products and services. With Microvision's SHOW you could view and share everything ranging from YouTube videos, MSN newscasts and Google search results to PowerPoint presentations, feature-length films and family photos in a large, full-color, hi-resolution format instead of a 2-inch, QVGA display."
Of course with all of this the proof will be in the end result. To this end, Microvision has already made SHOW available to OEM and carrier partners and expects it to be integrated into commercial products by the end of the year.
100 inch projection built into our next mobile phones and laptops… yes please!