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!)

Regis and Kelly are smitten with Vivitek’s Qumi

Regis and Kelly recently got their talk show paws on Vivitek’s Qumi, the new pico projector we fell in love with at CES 2011 earlier this year.

The Qumi wowed everyone on set, especially Kelly, who couldn’t stop oohing and aahing over the sub-$500 HD pico projector. (Perhaps Regis was too distracted with his plans to resign from the show to really focus on the technology before him?)

Jump to 2:30 in the video below to see the Qumi in action.

Why you want the pocket projectors that debuted at CES 2011

We have three words to describe the pocket projectors that debuted last week at CES 2011:

O. M. G.

Gone are the low-lumen, low-resolution pocket projectors of yesteryear. The next crop of picos displays in HD (and 3D!) and are bright enough to use in low ambient light.

They connect to your iPad, handle HDMI input and include built-in speakers. Pretty soon, they’ll even output in 1080p HD.

Without further ado….

Cool pocket projectors introduced at CES 2011

  1. Vivitek Qumi

    Why you want it: Vivitek’s first pico projector, the 300-lumen Qumi, could potentially set the standard for the next wave of portable projectors. With a native WXGA (1280×800) resolution and mini-HDMI input, the Qumi can output in HD. It’s also 3D-ready and includes a built-in 1W speaker.

    The 1.6-pound Qumi is versatile and portable enough for work and play. It easily connects with the latest digital cameras, laptops, smart phones and tablets. We saw this projector in action and were very impressed.

    In the video below, watch Rick Nguyen of Vivitek demonstrate the compatibility functions of the Qumi while he talks about the future of the pico chipset.

    The Qumi has a 2500:1 contrast ratio and measures 6.3″(w) x 1.2″(h) x 3.9″(d). It is expected to hit the streets in May for $499.

  2. LG HW300T

    Why you want it: LG Electronics’ HW300T LED projector is the first portable projector to incorporate the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, allowing you to wirelessly transfer stored digital content from devices such as PCs and Blu-ray players.

    This little projector also has a built-in ATSC Tuner, which enables you to watch HD Broadcast signals without the need for a separate external content source. It also provides access to online content such as Accuweather, Twitter and Facebook.

    The 250-lumen HW300T has 1200 x 800 WXGA resolution, contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a life expectancy of 30,000 hours. Pricing and availability were not released.

HD chip sets in picos? Built-in tuners? DLNA access? Are you guys as excited as we are?