We talked about the Optoma Pico Pocket Projector, a tiny little projector that fits in your pocket and connects to iPods, iPhones, cameras, etc. David Pogue liked it, and played a movie on a plane to the delight and confusion of those around him. Rob imagined using it for business meetings on the go and to show movies to his kids without everyone having to huddle around the iPhone. Contrary to the title of this post we didn’t discuss heat dissipation issues.
I guess I’m the gadget scrooge of the group, because I couldn’t imagine paying $430 for a pocket projector. I can’t see myself using it other than the day I open the box and test it out. Business meetings? At my meetings I either have a projector handy or am meeting with one other person who can see my laptop. And if I was using this, the tiny resolution would preclude me from showing desktop resolution images. Watching movies with a group? Well, this has a horrible speaker, so I imagine I’d have to carry around my own speakers… at which point this stops being a pocket system. Watching movies on a plane? I don’t see a big win over my laptop screen here. How could I get the projection to be bigger than my laptop? Pointing it up? I don’t want to look straight up for two hours from a barely reclining seat.
Ok, this post has turned into a bit of a tirade. But am I wrong here? Would you use this thing regularly?