Honlai Technology QingBar MP100 and MP101: Mini LED Projector

Honlai Technology QingBar MP100 and MP101
Display Technology: 0.44″ LCoS
Pixel Format: 640 x 480 (VGA)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color: 16.7 million
Projected Display Size: 15″ – 27″
Light Source: 5W LED
Lamp Life: >20,000 hours
Brightness: 10 – 15 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 200:1
MP100: Mini AV, Composite, VGA
MP101: Mini AV, Composite, iPod and iPhone Connector
Dimension: 102 x 76 x 54mm (MP101)

Honlai Technology MP100 Mini LED Projector

Honlai Technology’s QingBar MP100 is a very small front projector that sports some very high-end technologies. First off: LCoS or Liquid Crystal on Silicon. LCoS technology provides very good pictures and is often rated as better than DLP for reproducing more lifelike (smoother) images. Second: LED. A LED light source is used for the MP100 and that should make it pretty durable and allow the unit to sip power instead of gulping it. The LED lifetime is rated at 20,000 hours, a huge improvement over regular bulbs.

Honlai Technology MP101 Mini LED Projector

Honlai also has the QingBar MP101 that has connectors for Apple‘s iPod and iPhone allowing you to carry all your video files and then have the ability to project them. Just clip your iPod or iPhone on top of the MP101 and you’re ready to go. Pretty cool.

Source: Honlai via DigiTimes

[tags]Honlai Technology, QingBar MP100, Mini Projector, LED, LCoS, Liquid Crystal on Silicon, QingBar MP101, Apple, iPhone, iPod[/tags]

projectiondesign F10 AS3D: Active Stereo 3D DLP Projector

projectiondesign F10 AS3D
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Projected Display Size: 17ft
Display Technology: DLP
Other: Active 3D Stereoscopic Projection

projectiondesign F10 AS3D Active Stereo 3D DLP Projector

According to projectiondesign, its F10 AS3D is the only portable high resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector on the market. projectiondesign is planning to showcase the F10 AS3D at the upcoming InfoComm conference that will be held in Las Vegas. The F10 AS3D is based on a single-chip DLP design and is geared for visualization and simulation environments.

The University of Munich in Germany has already installed eight of projectiondesign’s F20 sx+ DLP projectors that have built-in Infitec filters to generate a 3D stereoscopic computer-aided virtual environment (CAVE) visualization system, which is called Four Space 110 and was designed by 3Dims. projectiondesign’s F20 sx+ 3D projector uses passive stereo projection technology. Six of projectiondesign’s F30 sx+ DLP projectors are used at Global Immersion by INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium for an immersive theatre design, located in Winchester, UK.

Source: projectiondesign via AboutProjectors via Engadget

[tags]projectiondesign, F10 AS3D, Active Stereo 3D Projector, DLP, Stereoscopic 3D, Computer-aided Virtual Environment, CAVE[/tags]

Pioneer G9 KURO

Pioneer G9 KURO
Size: 50″ (PDP-LX5090), 60″ (PDP-LX6090)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: Infinity
Input: HDMI (3), Component (1), RCA AV (1), Euro-SCART (3), CI (1), VGA (1), USB (1)
60″ PDP-LX6090: 1465 x 876 x 93mm
50″ PDP-LX5090: 1233 x 723 x 93mm
60″ PDP-LX6090: 50.8kg
50″ PDP-LX5090: 33.5kg
Power Consumption:
60″ PDP-LX6090: 510W (operational), 0.4W (standby)
50″ PDP-LX5090: 420W, 0.3W
Price: About £2,400 (50″), £4,200 (60″)

Pioneer G9 KURO Plasma TV

Pioneer‘s G9 KURO is not just an evolutionary step from the G8. Pioneer claims that the black level of the G9 is 5x deeper than that of its G8. Simply put, the G9 KURO gives you a virtually perfect black. Trusted Reviews states that it is “almost impossible to see where the screen ends and the bezel begins” when the lights are off and during a dark scene.

Pioneer G9 KURO Plasma TV
Pioneer G9 KURO PDP-LX6090 Profile (3.66″ thick)

Look at how thin it is. It is just 93mm (3.66″) thick and its a 60″ plasma TV! Not only is the front screen performance amazing, so is the design. The G9 KURO has all of the other requisite specifications such as a pixel format of 1920 x 1080, all the video input you need and a contrast ratio that is near infinity. I hope reviews for Pioneer’s game-changing G9 KURO plasma TVs come online very soon.

Pioneer G9 KURO Plasma TV

Note: Trusted Reviews, for some odd reason, has the incorrect model names. They are usually right on but incorrectly used the G8 model names. The G9 KURO line is as stated in this post.

Here is a video regarding the Pioneer G9 KURO that I found that was created by AVForums:

Source: Trusted Reviews, Pioneer UK

[tags]Pioneer, G9 KURO, Plasma TV, KURO, 1920 x 1080, Full HD, 1080p, Infinite Contrast Ratio[/tags]

Dell XT2: 12.1″ Ultraportable Tablet PC

Dell XT2 Tablet
Display Size: 12.1″
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel format: 1280 x 800
GPU: UMA with Windows Vista Aero capability
CPU: Intel Montevina architecture with ULV and LV CPUs
Ports: VGA, RJ45, 1394, USB (2), eSATA, Audio (2)
Slots: ExpressCard 34, SDHC
Security: TPM, Smart Card Reader, Contactless Smart Card, Fingerprint Reader (option)
Other: XT2 Media Base (plan to use XT media base)

Dell XT2 12.1

Boy Genius Report (BGR) acquired some hot information regarding Dell‘s roadmap for its Latitude line of notebook PCs. Around November of this year, Dell is planning to introduce a convertible tablet PC, its XT2. And around the January 2009 timeframe Dell will be phasing out its current XT.

Most likely the 12.1″ LCD will sport a LED backlight and the XT2 is geared to earning Energy Star and EPEAT ratings. The chassis seems to be moving toward using magnesium alloy to make it tough and light. Finally, and I don’t know why it took so long, the XT2 will probably have a backlit keyboard.

Source: The Boy Genius Report

[tags]Dell, Dell XT2, 12.1″, Ultraportable Tablet, Tablet PC, 1280 x 800, LED Backlight[/tags]

iriver Spinn: PMP with Analog Controls

iriver Spinn
Display Size: 3.2″ (8.2cm)
Pixel Format: 480 x 272
Display Technology: Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED)
Storage: 4, 8, 16GB
Video: Adobe Flash, MPEG4, WMV
Audio: MP3, OGG, WMA
Other: 3D GPU accelerated, Analog Controls, DAB Radio (UK), Bluetooth
Battery: 25 hours (audio), 5 hours (video), 4 hours (DAB)
Availability: August in the UK

iriver Spinn Analog PMP

Crave: iriver’s Spinn is a very nice looking portable multimedia player (PMP). The fact that it has analog controls is, for some reason, very tempting. I like the idea of digital superbly intertwined with analog. The digital portion is brought to you by Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display technology. The 3.2″ AMOLED screen should pop your eyes out. I am truly amazed at how beautiful some OLED screens look. I’m sure the one in iriver’s Spinn will not disappoint.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200: 12″ Ultraportable Notebook PC

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Specifications
Display: 12″ Wide
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
Webcam: 1.3MP
CPU: Up to 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (45nm)
Chipset: Intel Centrino 2 (vPro)
Connectivity: WiMAX, WWAN, GPS, WiFi, UWB, Bluetooth, DisplayPort, USB 2.0 (3)
Case Material: Magnesium Alloy (Covers – top and bottom)
Battery: 9.6 hours (9-cell, option)
Weight: 2.93lbs and up
Availability: August 2008
Price: US$1,199

Lenovo ThinkPad X200: 12

Updated 2008.07.15 1:15PM PST
Lenovo‘s ThinkPad X200 just earned Laptop’s Editor’s Choice award. The lack of an optical drive didn’t curtail enthusiasm for the X200 as an “excellent lightweight notebook for mobile professionals.” The X200 is for doing what business people do on the road: checking emails, doing some Office work and then playing a bit of Solitaire. So if you’re thinking of toting the X200 to your next LAN party for a little Crysis action, think twice. On the other hand, you’ll probably have no problems getting in some WoW action. Source: Laptop via Engadget

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Pixel Lab Korea Ripple Tablet TN120R/B T8100: 12.1″ Tablet PC

Pixel Lab Korea Ripple Tablet TN120R/B T8100
Display Size: 12.1″
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
HDD: 120GB
Optical: Super-multi DVD recorder
Availability: South Korea

Pixel Lab Korea Ripple Tablet TN120R/B T8100 12.1

There isn’t much information regarding either Pixel Lab Korea or its newly announced Ripple Tablet TN120R/B T8100. The Ripple Tablet sports a 12.1″ LCD with a pixel format of 1280 x 800. Pretty standard for a wide tablet PC and the specs are fairly normal as you can see in the list above. It would be nice if it turns out the Ripple Tablet PC has a LED backlit LCD, multitouch capability, broadband connection built-in, a super long battery life for an insanely great price.

Source: AVING

[tags]Pixel Lab Korea, Ripple Tablet, TN120R/B T8100, 12.1″, 1280 x 800, Tablet PC[/tags]

Panasonic LB80 Series: Portable WiFi Front Projector

Panasonic LB80 Series
4:3 Aspect Ratio: PT-LB80NTU, PT-LB80U, PT-LB75NTU, PT-LB75U
16:10 Aspect Ratio: PT-LW80NTU
2600 Lumens: PT-LB75NTU, PT-LB75U, PT-LW80NTU
3200 Lumens: PT-LB80NTU, PT-LB80U
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Pixel Format:
1024 x 768: PT-LB80NTU, PT-LB80U, PT-LB75NTU, PT-LB75U
1280 x 800: PT-LW80NTU
Projected Image Size: 33″ to 300″
Other: Built-in mono speaker
WiFi (802.11b/g): PT-LB80NTU, PT-LB75NTU, PT-LW80NTU
Dimension: 368 x 88 x 233
Weight: 2.96kg (<7lbs)
Price: PT-LW80NTU $3,499, PT-LB80NTU $3,299, PT-LB80U $2,999, PT-LB75NTU $2,299, PT-LB75U $1,999

Panasonic LB80 Series Portable WiFi Front Projector

Panasonic‘s PT-LB80NTU, PT-LB75NTU and PT-LW80NTU projectors have built-in WiFi capability and can allow up to 128 PCs to be connected to it simultaneously. All of them are extremely bright ranging from 2,600 to 3,200 lumens. Although the LB80 series lack in the number of pixels, a big majority of consumers are still using 1024 x 768 pixel format on their computers and most of the wide notebook PC format is currently at 1280 x 800.

Although not feather lite, the LB80 series are theoretically portable, but I wouldn’t want to lug them around during my business travels. I would want a much smaller unit or even a pico-projector.

Source: Akihabara News, Broadcast Newsroom

[tags]Panasonic, LB80 Series, WiFi, 802.11b/g, Front Projector, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 800[/tags]

Optoma #1 Projector Brand in Taiwan

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) just announced market share results for projectors for Taiwan. Optoma beat out Epson for the top spot in Q1’08 with 28.7% unit shipment share. A total of 17,700 projectors were shipped in Taiwan in Q1’08. Epson was #2 with 22.2% share followed by Viewsonic with 7.2% and BenQ with 7.1% share.

Optoma HD80 1080p Home Theater Projector
Optoma HD80 1080p Home Theater Projector

Optoma’s numbers are even stronger when you consider just the consumer market. Optoma took a commanding 44.2% unit shipment share followed by Epson, Panasonic and Sanyo. In the commercial (enterprise) market, Optoma was in the lead with 26.4% unit shipment share followed by Epson, Viewsonic, BenQ and Hitachi.

Optoma is targeting a 30% unit shipment share for 2008 in the commerical market as well as for the overall projection market in Taiwan. Telly Kuo, Optoma’s Asica Pacific Region VP and General Manager expects a total of 25,000 unit shipments for 2008.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]Optoma, Front Projector, 1080p, DLP, Full HD, 1920 x 1080, Viewsonic, Hitachi, Epson, Sanyo, BenQ[/tags]

SID 2008 Wrapup

There were a lot of developments in displays that were showcased during SID 2008. One of the best stuff was related to OLEDs, lower power consumption, thin profiles and LED backlights generating unheard of contrast ratios. I’ve posted about just a few of them. Here they all are for your convenience: