updated 02:50 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2004
Mobile VP-1 Data Projector
Olympus earlier this month introduced the , the first-ever projector from Olympus. The new 1,000-lumen projector weighs 2.4 pounds, which the company says "is one of the smallest and lightest projectors of its kind in the world." The project offers a 1:1.2 Zoom Olympus Zuiko Digital, a contrast ratio of 2000:1, S-XGA (1024x768) resolution, and Picture-in-Picture technology in a small form facto--nearly the size of a daily planner (1.85" H x 7.1" W x 6.4" D). The VP-1 will be available in the US in March 2004 for $2,500.
"With the introduction of the VP-1, Olympus is expanding our image output product line to include projectors and related devices, offering consumers an even broader range of choices," said Ian Igari, Director of Marketing for projectors at Olympus America, Inc. "In the future Olympus will apply its Optical and Digital technology expertise to the development of more compact, lightweight projectors that offer outstanding image quality for business applications as well as personal and home entertainment use."
Picture-in-picture (PIP) multimedia functionality permits the projection of two images at once. For example, while displaying images or documents on the main screen it is possible to simultaneously play a video in the pop-up window. Because the VP-1 also includes a Digital Video Interface (DVI), which allows for a direct connection between digital devices, the projector vividly reproduces video and data image quality by eliminating the conversion to analog signal that occurs when conventional video modes are used. For video sources such as a computer or DVD Player, the VP-1 can accommodate VGA, S-Video, Component Video (Y, Cb, Cr)/(Y, Pb, Pr), or Composite Video connections.
The VP-1 features manual settings to adjust images from side-to-side as well as top-to-bottom using built-in four-way digital keystone correction. An Auto Source feature automatically detects the input signal, selects the appropriate video mode and synchronizes the signal for optimal viewing--without requiring adjustments for each computer make and model attached. The VP-1 ships with all necessary data, video and audio cables, a full-function remote control and soft carrying case.