Watching movies on your iPod is great… but, let’s be honest, the screen is a little small. Well, luckily Texas Instruments, the company well known for their awesome calculators, will be releasing the first pocket size projector for the iPod on December 1st.
The Optimo Pico Projector will literally fit in your pocket and is barely larger than a cell phone. The projector works using a Digital-Light-Processing Chip which allows for bright, clear video or still frames to be viewed.
Finally there can be a balance between those large, noisy, expensive wall covering projectors and the tiny viewer on your iPod.
In order to get those movies rolling all you will need is the Pico and your iPod and that’s it. The easy accessibility will allow you to take the device on camping trips, for movie night at a friends, or pretty much anywhere.
The tiny projector has a running time of about 90 minutes on the battery, which is pretty much the length of most movies. But, if you’re in the mood for watching Legends Of The Fall, you might want to plug that puppy in to charge, using either a USB port on your computer, or the power adapter.
David Pogue got a sneak peak at the Pico.
You’d have to be a jaded gizmophile indeed not to be impressed the first time you turn on this tiny, shiny black box. In the center of the short end, there’s a very bright light-emitting-diode lamp. Inside, there’s a miniaturized Texas Instruments digital-light-processing (D.L.P.) chip, similar in principle to the ones that drive some full-size HDTV sets. Together, they produce an astonishingly bright, clear, vivid video or still image. That’s right — from a projector you’ve pulled from your jeans pocket.
The Pico is tiny, convenient, silent and priced at $430, but for something this unique, I’m guessing that film connoisseurs and the average Joe will find the price to be reasonable.