Pocket projector to hit CES

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. -- A Redmond-Wash., based company called Microvision plans to show off at CES next week a tiny color projector roughly the size of a BlackBerry cell phone.

The device, code-named SHOW, uses the company's PicoP display technology.

The SHOW connects directly to laptops, cell phones and other gadgets and projects a WVGA (848 X 480 pixel) screen up to 100 inches in size. The rechargeable battery lasts 2.5 hours, according to the company.

Microvision intends to license its PicoP technology for use in cell phones and other gadgets.

Microvision will likely let potential OEMs and carriers fondle a limited number of prototype units at CES. The company hopes to start selling them through an OEM partner by the end of the year.

The actual SHOW device doesn't make a lot of sense to me for laptops -- a laptop display would probably be superior -- even if smaller -- than a PicoP-projected wall image could.

To me, the killer app for this is to be able to waltz into a conference room empty handed, produce two tiny gadgets from my pockets, and use them to deliver PowerPoint. It's perfect for those meeting where you'd like the option to present, without walking in with huge suitcase full of equipment.

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