How small can it get
I thought to myself “wow”, how much smaller can you get? I remember when I started giving presentations, the state of the art was a 35mm projector (we still have boxes of the old slides) but they were professionally done and quite expensive. Then came along the LCD screen that sat on an overhead projector and in the olden days was basically black and white (or orange and bright orange).
Then came the projectors. Full color, 640x480 resolution, huge, heavy, delicate. These things were monsters, if you ever used one you know what I mean. The case they came in was metal – solid case, heavy case, huge case. As big as a large college dorm refrigerator, only heavier. And bright silver, you could not misplace this thing. The inside of the case was filled with tons of foam padding because these things were so delicate. In order to use them, you had to close all blinds on the windows, turn off the lights, plunge into total darkness, otherwise you could not see them. I myself prefered color transparencies (I would print them using a relatively cheap deskjet, it took a good 10 minutes per transparency but the results were pretty good) for that reason, I really need to see the room to talk to the room.
Anyway, these projectors were beasts, you certainly didn’t travel with them – you had them shipped if you needed. And expensive, hugely expensive.
Now, I’ve watched over the years as they get smaller and lighter and brighter – to the point where they are now smaller and lighter than my laptop – but this one here puts it into an entirely new realm. That is getting close to pocket size. And if the marketing is accurate, it’ll be bright and durable. And the price looks fairly low. Now, it is only 800x600 but in a pinch that is more than enough pixels to push slides and run a sqlplus demo or two.
Now I guess I’m expecting something that looks like a maglight flashligh with a usb connection for power in the future!