updated 08:25 am EDT, Thu May 3, 2012
Pop Video pico projector lands for $99, with qHD
Pop Video has started taking pre-orders for its iPhone pico projector. The $99 is shipped by Crucial.com on behalf of well-known semi-conductor maker Micron Technology. The pint-sized device offers a qHD (960x540) resolution and, as the video embedded below shows, the device easily slots into the 30-pin iPhone dock but will work best only in darkened conditions. The device will work for up two hours on a single charge and is supplemented by an iPhone app (Free, iTunes) that offers additional functionality.
The Pop Video website does not offer how many Lumens device is capable of projecting, other similar devices can offer around 15 Lumens. It is said to use FLCOS micro display technology that is relatively cheap to manufacture, but is also more energy efficient. It does not include a built-in speaker and relies on the host device's speaker or an externally connected speaker to provide the sound.
The Pop Video iOS app also adds a range of capabilities including the ability to let users share photo albums from Photostream with music, browse web pages, and share videos from Facebook and YouTube. It can also be used to magnify and share documents and images, while a flip-flop function will always auto-adjust portrait images to use the full projected image. The app will even give user's the ability to adjust projection settings to suit their taste including manual adjustments for color, sharpness, brightness and gamma.
The Pop Video weighs 3.5 ounces while charging the device takes up to 4 hours over a micro-USB connection. It will work with the iPhone 4/4S and 3rd and 4th generation iPod touches running iOS 5.0 or greater. Pop Video have not yet offered a shipping date. [via CNET]