BY MELISSA ARSENIUK, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE JANUARY 8, 2010
The annual Consumer Electronics Show has taken Las Vegas by storm and the wide array of gadgets being showcases has tech lovers drooling across the city.
There’s no shortage of exciting new electronics being fawned over on the show floor — from high-res flat screen TVs and iPhone and BlackBerry accessories to the latest innovations in laptop and computer technology and video games and beyond. Walking the CES show floor is like walking though a shiny, nerdy wonderland.
Another product attracting a lot of attention at CES is a Microvision portable projector ($500, available March 2010). It allows users to share images from their cellphones, iPods, computers and cameras by projecting them onto the nearest flat surface.
The projector follows the hype generated by AT&T last month when the cellphone giant released the LG eXpo, its first cellphone with built-in video projection capabilities.
While the Microvision device is an external product, it blows the LG eXpo out of the water in terms of resolution and versatility.
Microvision’s projector doesn’t need to be positioned directly in front of whatever surface you want to display your image on: the slim lilac-coloured device projects the images in startlingly sharp focus from virtually any angle.
Walls would be the surface of choice, here, but curtains, tables and the backs of people’s heads also work (some better than others).
Its versatility plays onto its cool factor: You can use it to show video from your phone, share pictures from your camera, display vodcasts from your iPod and make presentations from your PC.