By Andrew Liszewski
I’m definitely looking forward to the day when video projectors are small enough to fit inside a cellphone, but that’s still quite a few years off. If you want to get your hands on a compact projector today, this is pretty much as small as they come. The MP100 from Honlai Technology uses LCoS or ‘liquid crystal on silicon’ micro-projection technology. It’s similar to the way a DLP projector works, but it uses liquid crystals instead of individual mirrors. While the MP100 is small enough to sit in your hand, it can reportedly produce a projected image between 5 to 37 inches in size.
It uses a 5W LED as its lamp source giving it a brightness of about 10-15 lumens, and a contrast ratio of about 200:1. It also features a standard VGA input as well as a mini AV jack and composite video connections. The rendered mockup pictured above even seems to have slots for compact flash and SD cards, but specific details seem hard to come by at this point. Not surprisingly the MP100 only has a resolution of just 640×480 pixels, which will probably keep it relegated to emergency PowerPoint presentations, or crappy vacation slideshows.