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 video.

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 readers.

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 software.

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.


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