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microprojector

(1) A microscope that magnifies and projects its images onto a screen.

(2) A small data projector that is used with smartphones and other mobile devices. Introduced in 2008, microprojectors either plug into, or the mechanism is built into, the device. A microprojector can emit an image onto any handy flat surface typically up to 20" in bright light and up to 50" in the dark. See data projector and pocket projector.


Pretty Tiny
Weighing less than six ounces and accepting resolutions up to 1280x768, this 3M microprojector was designed to project images from cellphones and media players. (Image courtesy of 3M, www.3m.com)
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The MPro110 micro projector, due on sale in October, is the size of a smartphone and can be connected to a laptop via a VGA connector to deliver business presentations while on the road.
The average cost of a built-in micro projector is currently about US$100, making it feasible only for the highest-end digital cameras and smartphones.
Five major product categories attracted the most attention: three-dimension (3D) TVs, tablet PC, Google handsets, built-in micro projectors, and smartbooks (mobile devices falling between smartphones and netbooks).
AAXA's core technology is based on small LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) and DLP (Digital Light Processing) imagers mated to LED (light emitting diode) and Laser light-sources that makes micro projectors and pico sized projectors possible.
"Large electronics manufacturers are extremely interested in integrated projectors, and market research shows that demand for these micro projectors will increase strongly in the coming years.
The company has long been making micro projectors to meet demand from Apple, which is expected to embed micro projectors in iPhone 5.
The MPro110, which 3M announced at InfoComm and will introduce in the fourth quarter of 2008, is one of the first of a new class of "micro projectors" just entering the market.
Besides LCD monitors, Asustek has also mapped plans to tap the projector market sometime in the second half of 2011, by initially launching pocket projectors and micro projectors and then diversifying into household and business projectors to rival BenQ and Optoma.
Micro projectors are expected to gain in multi-functionality as such technology is matched to specially-built software, enabling micro-projectors to be more effectively integrated into multimedia computing devices, even achieving multi-functional mobility.
The optimal device for 3D augmented reality applications, the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses feature micro projectors located on each side of the lens that project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user s field of view over the real-world environment, while sensors enable head-motion tracking for hands-free navigation.