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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.
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.
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.
The iBeam i60 is an iPhone 6 case that contains a 120 lumens VGA (640x480) DLP pico projector and a 3,000 mAh battery.
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 also introduced a new TI Designs reference design for full-HD projection display, which will help developers accelerate their design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The E1Z will launch later in 2015 for around $200.