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LAS VEGAS – QP Optoelectronics of Suzhou, China, said it will travel International CES, held here Jan. 8-11, 2013, to unveil its breakthrough short-throw CloudView pico projector.
QP, which will be located in South Hall booth 35786, called the tiny display device “the world’s first ultra-short throw pico projector.”
The DLP-based CloudView can project an image five to 10 times larger than other pico-class projectors from a closer distance.
QP said it uses a patent-pending short-throw light engine technology to achieve the feat.
“Consumers want to have the largest displayed image possible at even the closest distances, such as desk surface, tablecloth or even someone’s hand,” stated James Lupino, QP Optoelectonics’ business development VP. “Our innovations, and this product in particular, are the first to solve this demand of consumers, and we expect that they will appeal to most users who expect pico-projectors to produce a big-screen display in close proximity.”
Yong-jing Wang, QP Optoelectronics chief technology officer, said that while “conventional pico projectors can only produce a big screen at about 2 meters away, at this distance they generate a perceptive image similar to that of a 4.3-inch smartphone screen. There are many limitations and at times a compromise of the value added in cases where the image size is limited.
“Our pico projector can produce a 50-inch screen at a half-meter throw distance, thus providing a large display anywhere,” Wang continued. “We feel our short-throw projection technology will enable many disruptive and futuristic applications for pico projectors.”
In addition to CloudView, QP Optoelectronics will show another short-throw projection device called the LigthPad, which was released at the 2012 International CES.
LightPad connects to smartphones to essentially enable them to function as notebook PCs by projecting a screen and keyboard onto a flat surface. QP said this year’s LightPad includes an improved keyboard and screen that rivals the brightness of tablets.
Also on display will be a Portable Workstation that can be carried in a pocket. It is comprised of a smartphone connected to a CloudView and a virtual projected keyboard to provide a 20-inch display screen and full-size keyboard on a desktop.
Another display will combine the CloudView with a 3D screen technology from a Japanese partner.
QP said it will begin production of the CloudView in the first quarter with distribution to follow in the second quarter. It will look to build channel partners at CES.
The company said it is also seeking OEM partners that wish to develop unique products based on short-throw projection technology.
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