Itâ€™s hard to believe that pico projectors have only been around for a little over a year. The evolution of these devices has grown so much in a short amount of time. Two of the new directions that pico projectors are taking are the use of laser display technology or being integrated into other devices like cell phones. The latest models that fit these new trends are the AAXA Technologies L1 projector and the LG eXpo projector phone. Recently, a writer from New York Times got the opportunity to review both of these projectors to see exactly where the pico projector market is going.
The LG eXpo was the worldâ€™s first cell phone projector to be released by a major manufacturer. The company has kept the specifications about the projector to themselves since the phone was unveiled. The only information we know is that it uses DLP display technology and comes with 5 ANSI lumens and a 480 x 320 resolution. The main problem that the writer had with the projector is that it isnâ€™t technically part of the phone. Instead it is an accessory that you have to pay $180 extra in order to get. The writer was not impressed with the phone or the projector and stated that he often got frustrated trying to use the device. The projector was not very bright and by attaching it, the phone automatically disables the digital camera. This means that if you like the use the camera then you will be constantly attaching and detaching the projector.
Fortunately, the writer had a much better experience with the L1. This projector features 20 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and SVGA (800 x 600) resolution. The writer noticed three distinct advantages to this projector. First being the added brightness, followed by a more color saturated display and a wide range of hues. The third is the most important in that it will never go out of focus. They also liked the fact that the projector can support almost any source, including composite, s-video, and RGB.
The final statement that the writer made was, â€œBoth of these new pico products â€” the LG Expo and the Aaxa â€” are right on schedule. Theyâ€™re advances in a device evolution thatâ€™s just getting under way. But one thingâ€™s for sure: pico projectors have a very bright, high-resolution future.â€
[via New York Times]