According to legend, Abraham Lincoln did his school lessons on the back of a shovel using a lump of coal to write. If you read books written before, say, 1930, you’ll see mention of “slates”, which (I think) were basically a piece of a chalkboard that was held in hand while lessons were etched onto it. That pre-dates me for sure, but when I was a wee one, we still had chalkboards at the front of classrooms. Overhead projectors were brand new innovation. (My grammar school had a special tumbling gadget that they tossed all the erasers into so that they would get the chalk dust beat out of them at the end of the day!) Now, of course, we’re way, way, way beyond that. Today we have study gear like… pico projectors:
QP Optoelectronics Co. Ltd. announced today that it will be launching its CloudView™ pico projector at the CES 2013 exhibition in Las Vegas, January 8-11, booth # 35786, South Hall. Touted as the world’s first ultra short throw pico-projector, CloudView™ can project an image five to ten times larger than other pico-projectors from a given distance as indicated in the photo below. The big screen projection capability of CloudView™ is enabled by QP Optoelectronics’ patent pending short throw light engine projection technology.
In addition to CloudView, QP Optoelectronics will be showcasing other applications of its novel short throw projection technology including LigthPad™, which was released at last year’s CES show. LightPad™ connects to smartphones to enable the functionality of a notebook PC. This year’s LightPad™ includes an improved keyboard and screen that rivals the brightness of tablets.
Also on display will be a novel user model for smartphones – a “Portable Workstation” which you can carry in your pocket. It is comprised of a smartphone connected to a CloudView™ and a virtual projected keyboard to provide for 20 inch display screen and full size keyboard on the desktop.
Another display will combine the CloudView™ with a novel 3D screen technology from a Japanese partner. All applications on display are enabled by the short throw projection technology of QP Optoelectronics.
QP Optoelectronics plans to initiate production of CloudView™ in Q1-2013 and will be establishing channel partners at CES, including pre-orders for Q2 delivery. The company also will also seek to engage with OEM partners that are developing or considering to develop unique products which are enabled by short throw pico-projection.
If you’re going to CES, maybe you should wander by their booth and check it out. In the meantime, surf on over to their web site and, as always, share your thoughts with us below!