As quality continues to improve, we at rAVe think that ultimately every teacher will carry around a projector so they have it whenever they need it. And, it could be in a phone one day (remember we said that – think iPhone or iPod Touch with embedded projector). In the mean time here’s one with on-board memory. Forget about its weight (6 oz.) and 640×480-pixel resolution — the real news is that the P1 pico projector from AAXA Technologies offers 1 GB of memory, a microSD slot and an onboard media player. This means the P1 can decode most media formats and play them straight from the projector.
Additional features include a built-in speaker, 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. The battery lasts 45 to 60 minutes, depending on use.
You can also buy a $15 AAXA P1 iPod A/V cable so you can adapt audio and video files to an Apple iPhone, iPod and iTouch.
You can see it for yourself here.
And that’s not even mentioning the low power consumption (Green AV?) … certainly agree this is technology to keep an eye on. So, with this news piece immediately following the much larger Sanyo unit, I have this mental image of an AV tech in a dingy, dark, projection booth – changing the “big” projector’s lamp … facilitated by shining a projected image of the instructions (step by step video?), from the “pico” projector! –GB