Hitachi Releases New Short-Throw Projector
The CP-A100/ED-A100 projector from Hitachi has been released. According to a company press release, this short-throw projector (a projector which can be located much closer to the screen than other types of projectors) can project a 60" screen from a distance of 42 cm away. The CP-A100 has a 3LCD panel and brightness levels of 2000 lumens in normal mode and 2500 lumens in bright mode. It can be integrated with interactive whiteboards.
For more information, go to www.hitachi.com.
New Version of PulpMotion Released
Aquafadas, a software company based in southern France, has released PulpMotion 1.4, a new version of its slideshow and presentation software for Mac OS X.
PulpMotion allows users to design and share videos and slideshows with photos, video, and music. PulpMotion presentations can be e-mailed as an interactive postcard, played on iPhones and iPods, used as a screensaver, exported as a QuickTime movie or published to a Web site.
The new version works with Mac OS X v10.4 or later and QuickTime 7 or later.
For more information, go to www.aquafadas.com.
Cell Phone Projector Getting Closer to Reality
Texas Instruments demonstrated its prototype of a cell phone projector at last month's Pepcom event in New York for the first time since the Consumer Electronics Show last year. The Pico Projector is shown in a video on the Popular Science blog.
Meanwhile, Light Blue Optics, a Cambridge, U.K.-based company that is working on developing miniature projectors, has secured $26 million for accelerating the development of these projectors. The company distributed samples of its holographic laser projection technology to potential customers and partners last July.
The company estimates that by 2012, the market for miniature projectors will exceed $5 billion.
All I Want for Christmas is a Flat Screen HDTV
According to a recent survey of 1,200 American consumers, conducted by Toronto-based research firm Solutions Research Group, the gadget at the top of respondents' wish list for Christmas is a flat screen HDTV. Although a healthy 20 percent said that they wanted a new laptop computer, 35 percent said that a flat-screen HDTV was what they wanted the most.
The "Digital Life Survey—Holiday 2007 Edition" results are based on responses from 1,200 online Americans aged 18 or older. The survey was conducted in September.