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AAXA Releases World’s Smallest 20-Lumen Pico-Projector

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SANTA ANA, USA – California-based AAXA Technologies, best known for its micro and-pico projectors, has released the AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector, which has the distinction of being the world’s first laser pico-projector with an internal media player and storage.

At 4.2″ x 2.1″ x 0.8″ and weighing only 170g (inclusive of battery), this is the world’s smallest 20-lumen pico-projector.

Based on PCOS technology and equipped with three-color laser light source, the projector is capable of producing images with amazing colour saturation that are always in focus. Further, LCoS imager allows an output of 20 lumen at a resolution of 800×600 pixels, without any noticeable pixilation problems.

AAXA has effectively combined several technologies to provide focus-free operation allowing for rapid changes in projection size, simultaneous far-and-near surface projection, angled projection, and projection on curved and other non-flat surfaces. The onboard optical engine is capable of producing rich images even in less-than-dark environments – and colour-rich images up to 50″ in dark environments.

Above, hands-on Experience of AAXA L1 pico projector

Since AAXA is promoting the L1 as a mobile projector, the company has equipped the embedded OSĀ  with a powerful media player capable of decoding video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG), audio (MP3, WAV, AAC), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and popular document formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF); on-board memory; and an USB port capable of reading files directly off a standard USB thumb drive (2GB included in standard retail package). The retail package of the projector also includes a stand, adding to the portability and flexibility of the device. Further, accessories allowing the L1 to connect to Apple iPhone/iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and a wide range of cellphones from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and HTC are also available from AAXA, pitching L1 as the leading mobile projector.

While pico-projectors have been in the business for long now, they have been plagued by problems relating to heat dissipation, limiting battery life and sub-par output. AAXA’s L1 seems to have hit the right note with impressive output and battery life (claim 90 hours playback), but whether heat dissipation problems will affect the performance of this impressive pico-projector is still not known. However. the price tag of US$599 (after US$200 discount for pre-order) justifies the feature-set offered by AAXA in L1.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on Mar 2nd, 2010 GMT +2

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