Spittin' Images at CES
2009 is the year Canon is launching a new camcorder creative mode as well. "Video Snapshot Mode" guides users to collect a series of 4-second clips, giving them an easy-to-follow timer (a blue border moves around the LCD in four seconds) for each one. Then the camera pieces together those clips with pre-loaded music, either classical or modern soundtracks, and produces an instant highlight reel. (Users can also import their own music tracks.) Canon marketing supervisor Ben Thomas says the 4-second limit tested surprisingly well with consumers. "We find that it actually makes people shoot better," he said.
Camera Phones and Pico Projectors: Beam Me Up!
Learn this term now: pico projector. It's futurific gadget that allows a user to plug in their cell phone (or any personal mobile device) and project an image, either a photo or a video, out onto any surface, like the back of an airplane seat or the front of a friend's shirt.
3M was showing its palm-sized Micro Professional Projector, the MPro110, plugged into an iPhone. The hand-held device is battery-operated and will be available through all major retail channels later this year. An even more dramatic pico-prototype was a Samsung phone, developed in partnership with Texas Instruments, which has a DLP-based pico projector built right in. "The projector phone" will be test-marketed in Korea this year.