Projector Sales Grow, Pico and Short-Throw Shine a Bright Light
Pacific Media Associates (PMA), market information providers on front projectors, recently reported worldwide front projector sell-in shipments topped 1.6 million during the third quarter, a 15.2 percent growth over Q3 2007, and the second consecutive quarter with more 15% year-to-year growth.
In North America there was a continued shift to widescreen (Wide XGA) in the professional market and to 1080p in the home theater market. Q3 also marked a burst of activity with a handful of manufacturers – including Dell, Optoma and Samsung - launching pico projectors, which are tiny projectors designed to bring a large-screen viewing experience to mobile phones, portable media players and other mobile devices. “We expect shipments to rapidly ramp up this holiday season into 2009,” said Michael Abramson, president of PMA.
Optoma begins shipping its Pico PK-101 (MSRP $399) this month. It weighs about 4 ounces and is smaller than many smart phones. Using DLP technology, the Pico can project pictures and videos onto a screen or wall up to 100 times larger than the small screen of the source device, Grodem said. The Pico, which comes with two batteries, can run on a single battery for about 1.5 hours, and can be recharged using an included mini USB cable.