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Optoma Unveils Gen-2 Pico Projector

Milpitas, Calif. – Optoma
unveiled Tuesday a new palm-sized DLP Pico video projector with expanded memory
and connectivity features.

Model PK102 (shipping now at a $249 suggested retail) measures 4 inches
by 2 inches by 0.6 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces. It incorporates 4GB of
internal memory, capable of holding up to 6,000 pictures or eight hours of

The tiny projector was designed for on-the-go content sharing
from the internal memory or from USB memory keys and other external memory card

It can also connect to an iPod, smartphone, digital camera or
other device with video output, and show videos, photos or presentations
playing on these devices.

Inputs include composite and component video, and a “universal
port” capable of receiving VGA and component-video signals from the VGA port of
laptops and netbooks for impromptu presentations easy.

Additional component-video capability allows higher quality
connections to iPods and portable gaming devices.

Upon the introduction of the PK102, Optoma said it is cut the
price on the prior PK101 to $229, including an iPod/iPhone connector kit.

“Customers made it clear that the best way to improve on the Pico
concept was to add convenience and connectivity options, especially VGA,”
stated Jon Grodem, Optoma product marketing director. “The new improvements
make Pico more versatile and more convenient for both personal and business
use.  The internal memory can hold
thousands of photos or several full-length movies.”

Other new features in the Pico unit include: a dedicated power
plug for faster battery recharging and an optional USB adapter to display
content directly from USB thumb drives and memory card readers.

With Optoma’s encoding software, the PK102 plays common picture
and video formats directly from files stored internally or on external memory
devices. Supported video formats
include MPEG-4 (AVI, ASF, MP4), H.264 (MP4) and M-JPEG (AVI) through video-conversion

Supported picture
formats include: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and ICO.

The Pico employs Texas Instruments’ latest DLP Pico Digital
Micro-mirror device. Images are lit using LED technology to produce an image
with high 2,000:1 contrast ratio and enough brightness for users to project
images up to 60 inches, Optoma said.

The PK102 can accept resolution up to SVGA (800 by 600 pixels),
and it projects images at a native resolution of 480 by 320 pixels. The unit
ships with one rechargeable lithium-ion battery, fully charged, with up to 1.5
hours of LED illumination life per charge.