Thursday, January 11, 2007

Is that an iPod in your projector or are you happy to see me?
(This is a preview, not a review.)

Viewsonic, which recently started selling PC monitors with built-in iPod docks, extended its "ViewDock technology to video projectors at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show.

The company said its PJ258D is the world's first High Definition, fully-featured, multifunction, "Made for iPod," DLP front projector.

Built on Texas Instruments' DLP platform, the PJ258D provides 1024x768 XGA resolution (which is not exactly Hi-Def, but should be good enough for iPods), 2,000 lumens of brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio.

The PJ258D brings new entertainment options to iPod owners by giving them the portable display technology to take viewing experiences from pocket size to life-size, without a PC. Weighing less than four pounds, the PJ258D is said to be a portable powerhouse ideal for teens, young adults, home theater enthusiasts, and business professionals looking to take their digital media content to any environment from living room and basement walls, to hotel rooms and conference rooms.

A video iPod fits directly into the projector, eliminating the need for a computer to project video. It also charges the iPod's battery while playing. The projector supports other popular digital media including S-Video and VGA, which enable users to quickly connect to PCs, DVD players and video game consoles. We assume it has audio outputs, but don't know about internal speakers. The PJ258D is expected to be available in a few months at about $1000.

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