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Pico-Projector could make way into laptops soon

A Hong-Kong based company released the first commercially available portable media player with an integrated projector which could mean the end of the age old problem of failure-prone presentations.

The Sunview PMPP is a minuscule device which crams a 3.5-inch TFT-LCD touch screen with a projector built around the iView IPL630 LCOS module, in a form factor that's twice the size of an iPhone.

According to the company, the PMPP produces a VGA image with a colour gamut of more than 110 percent NTSC and can be sized up to 53 inches; however iView's range extends to SVGA resolutions.

Other features include a rechargeable battery, a speaker, a remote control, a SD Card slot, Windows CE 5.0 OS and a Microsoft Office File viewer.

Prices have yet to be revealed as well as delivery dates; but iView's Pico Projector also means that one of the biggest issues with presentations could become a thing of the past.

Laptops may soon come with an integrated projector module, negating the need for separate, bulky, hot and expensive stand alone projectors.

But that may still be a long way to go since the projector is only capable of illuminating up to 9 lux, that's the equivalent of a 60-watt light bulb 3 meters (10 feet) away.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.