MILPITAS, Calif. -- Ushering in a new era in digital projector technology, Optoma, the award-winning manufacturer of digital projection and display devices, will begin shipping the Pico PK-101, the world's smallest and lightest micro-portable DLP projector, on December 15, 2008.
Weighing only 4 oz and measuring a sleek 2" x 4.1"x 0.7" -- smaller than many smartphones -- the Pico represents the latest innovation in DLP technology, and gives users of personal media devices, such as iPods and smartphones, the ability to project pictures and videos onto a screen or wall at sizes up to 100 times larger than the small screen of the source device. The Pico will be available from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com at a suggested retail price of $399.
"The increasing popularity of mobile devices is driving the need both for portable content and ways to share that content," said Jon Grodem, Optoma's director of product and marketing. "The Pico projector meets that need head-on by ushering in a whole new era in projection technology and allowing mobile content to be shared in new ways."
The Pico employs Texas Instruments' latest DLP Pico Digital Micro-mirror device (the reflective chip that creates the image), and combines that with the latest in LED technology to produce an image with high contrast (1000:1) and enough brightness for users to project images under lighting conditions that would normally wash them out. Its 480 x 320 native resolution is a perfect companion for portable media devices.
The Pico's internal battery will power the unit for up to 1.5 hours on a single charge and can be recharged using the included mini USB cable. Signal input is through a 2.5 mm A/V composite mini-jack, which can be adapted to most iPods and other personal media devices.
About Optoma Technology, Inc.
Optoma Technology, Inc. is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business and home. The company manufactures multimedia projectors for mobile users, fixed installations and home theaters, as well as HD displays. Optoma products combine superior image processing technologies with exceptional engineering and innovation to deliver images that are bright, crystal clear, and finely tuned for tone and color. Optoma products are sold through the company's global network of ProAV dealers, major consumer electronics retailers and Internet resellers.