The Joybee GP2 HD Mini Projector

The Joybee GP2 LED HD mini projector is the ultimate grab-and-go projector!

It’s equipped with a built-in dock for your iPhone or iPod and comes with a FREE battery ($99 value!) for a limited time. The battery offers 3 hours of HD projection – no cords needed!

At just over 1lb. including built-in speakers, it’s easy to take the GP2 with you for both work and play for anytime-anywhere HD projection.

No iPhone/iPod? No problem! The GP2 can easily connect to lots of other devices including smartphones, tablets and media players.

Check out our video demonstration of the Joybee GP2

Get a closer look at the Joybee‘s connections and view it connected to an iPhone while being displayed on a wall in a room with a small amount of ambient light entering.

Where would you take the GP2?

Vivitek’s Qumi pocket projector video demo

Do you want a 3D-Ready projector the size of a paperback novel? Are you a student or a professional on the go? Do you need a small projector with connectivity options allowing you to connect to your smart phone, laptop, tablets, digital camera’s, etc.? Look no further than the Vivitek Qumi! We had an opportunity to play with a Qumi while Vivitek was here so we shot a short video of what this LED pocket projector is capable of. (Look for the footage of a cat riding shotgun in a car!)

Projector People at Infocomm 2008 – Day Two

More Cool New Stuff : PP at Infocomm 2008

More from our Projector People team on the showroom floor at Infocomm 2008. Again we should have photos and more information in future posts. Whenever possible we will link to other tech sites covering the technology too.

What if They Made a Projector without a Lamp?

new PhlatLightLED

DLP technology from Texas Instruments asked, and answered, the question of a lampless projector at this year’s Infocomm trade show. The new technology utilizes LED technology (version called PhlatLight Light Emitting Diode has been used in LCD TVs) in place of the DLP color wheel and mirror and light engine. Instead of a spinning red, blue, and green color wheel, there are RBG LEDs which plus rapidly to create the color.

The new product is the first of its kind with a regular sized chassis, but many new projectors using LED technology have been released for cell phones and so-called “pocket” projectors.

So what are the benefits? For starters, you could kiss the $200 – $500 cost of a replacement lamp goodbye along with any of the hassle of caring for it. That is good news for consumers who might have been hesitant to incur future costs after the purchase. It may also mean a dramatic increase in consumers choosing projectors as a primary display source, as the lamp life would be comparable to that of LCD and plasma TVs. Also, as we have seen with the pocket projectors, the lamp lack also allows for smaller footprints and even more portable opportunities. The fan will also not be required to cool that hot lamp, which means nearly silent operation and less energy consumption.

But wait, there’s more! With the new LED-based DLP technology, the color space possible for a projector is increased beyond that of traditional lamp’d projectors up to 50%. That’s a big benefit for the folks in the DLP camp, since color has been one area where they have been consistently challenged by 3LCD.

Are there any drawbacks to this new technology? Well for one, it’s new. So even though you won’t pay to replace the lamp, there will probably be a premium to pay initially. It’s not yet available to the general public yet, and won’t be for a while. And some reporting on the scene mention the color is not quite “lifelike” and has a bit of a red haze.

“But what about brightness?” you may ask. A good question, since previous LED projectors were in the 25 – 100 lumen range. The latest incarnation on the tradeshow floor is said to be very bright. TI claims a brightness from 500 – 1000 lumens, which was once considered a benchmark for home theater projectors. However, newer products are typically upwards of 1000 lumens. So, brightness is an issue that will probably need to improve.

But hey, nobody’s perfect on their first go. Texas Instruments says they will begin by focusing on Home Theater projection, since here is less brightness required and expects to have products released by manufacturer partners by the end of 2008. Watch us here for more updates on this potentially groundbreaking technology.

[ read more from PCWorld ]

Coming Soon from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi HC4900

{ updated } Replacing the top selling HC4900 will be the new HC5500. What’s noteworthy about the HC5500? To start, the Mitsubishi HC5500 is reported to produce just 19db of fan noise, which is a nice improvement for home theater enthusiasts. It also has true HD 1080p resolution and a suggested retail price around $2495.

[ photo: Mitsubishi HC4900 projector ]

{ updated } The new projector is scheduled to be released in or around July 2008.

[ read press release ]

How Much Does it Cost to Go Wide?

Our projector PI’s has been looking for industry trends to share, and one point of interest has come to light. As more people begin adopting widescreen technology in business, either in their lapotop computers or high definition displays at home, the question arises, how much more does one have to spend to go widescreen?

So how much more will you pay for widescreen resolution over an equivalent 4:3 model? About $200.

That’s all for now! But stay tuned for more from our roving reports on the floor at Infocomm 2008!