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Best selling pico-projector update (July 2015)

Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of July 2015. We're using data from Amazon.com, which seems to be selling the most wide range of pico projectors. This list does not include embedded modules in mobile phones or cameras.

  1. Aaxa P1 ($115)
  2. Asus S1 LED ($310)
  3. RIF6 CUBE DLP Pico ($269
  4. Aaxa P300 ($380)
  5. Celluon PicoPro ($349)
  6. Brookstone HDMI pocket projector ($249)
  7. Aaxa P4X ($284)
  8. General Imaging PJ205 ($35)
  9. Aaxa P3X ($194)

Lenovo uses STM's LBS projector in the Smart Cast

Last month Lenovo announced the Smart Cast, a new project-phone prototype that combines a gesture-based control system and a laser (LBS) pico projector - to enable a touch display on any platform.

Lenovo Smart Cast launch photo

In an interesting blog post, Karl Guttag shows that Lenovo is using STMicro's LBS module (originally developed by Israel's bTendo before it was acquired by ST). While it is hard to evaluate Lenovo's projector quality, one thing is sure - ST's design is much smaller than Microvision's PicoP platform. In fact, Sony's PicoP based module is about fives times in volume.

New pico projector: iBeam i60

The iBeam i60 is an iPhone 6 case that contains a 120 lumens VGA (640x480) DLP pico projector and a 3,000 mAh battery.

iBeam i60 photo

The iBeam i60 costs $339.99 and is now shipping.

TI now ships a DLP evaluation board for the new 0.47" TRP Full-HD chipset

In December 2014, TI announced it began sampling its latest pico DLP chip, the 0.47-inch TRP Full-HD 1080 display chipset. TI now announced that it is now shipping the DLP LightCrafter Display 4710 evaluation module (EVM) for the new chipset.

TI DLP4710 Full-HD chipset photo

TI also introduced a new TI Designs reference design for full-HD projection display, which will help developers accelerate their design.

The KiBoJet is a keyboard with a built-in pico projector

Taiwan's Sho U announced a new keyboard called the KiBoJet that includes an embedded pico projector so you can connect a computer and work without a monitor (you will need a nearby wall).

The projector features Full-HD resolution and 150 lumens - which is quite capable. The KiBoJet includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, speakers and an HDMI input which is used as the projection source. The keyboard is especially steady so your typing will not move the image.

Karl Guttag takes a look at Celluon's LBS pico projector

Microdisplay expert Karl Guttag bought Celluon's laser-based (LBS) pico projector, and posted an interesting article on the image quality and design choices of this projector. According to Karl, Celluon use Microvision's LBS mirror (which was already known) and Sony's optical engine and electronics.

Celluon PicoPro photo

To put it gently, Karl is not impressed with the quality of this projector. While I have not seen it in action myself, one thing I can say - it seems to be selling very well (at least on Amazon.com and on our own outgoing purchase links). Celluon's PicoAir costs $299, while the higher-end PicoPro (which has an HDMI input and a larger battery) costs $349.

New pico projector: Asus E1Z

The Asus E1Z is a DLP pico projector that can connect to an Android phone via the micro-USB connector and project the content on the phone (Asus says this is the first projector to do that). Asus did not release any technical specification, except the battery size (6,000 mAh) as it can be used to charge mobile devices, too.

Asus E1Z photo

The E1Z will launch later in 2015 for around $200.

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