Portable video projectors that attach to your computer, video player or even a phone. These are VERY COOL. Actually there are phones that are rolling out with small projectors built into them – to display photos and videos.

At the 2009 CES Digital Experience event, TI showed off their DLP Technology and ultra-tiny DLP Pico Chipset. Among the manufacturer partners who are using this new tech are the Samsung MBP200, Optoma Pico and the new WowWee Cinemin. TI’s DLP Technology is targeted for media players, modular Pico Projectors and Notebook companion devices.

WowWee’s Cinemin suite of projectors features three products: The Cinemin Swivel pico projector, an affordable lightweight micro projector that is roughly the size of a candy bar and features an impressive 3-hour battery life for movie watching, full volume control, and a unique adjustable 90-degree hinge for ceiling projection. The Cinemin Stick pico projector is a compact micro projector with internal memory and an expandable SD card memory slot that puts your favorite web videos, digicam snapshots, ambient animations, and more on display. The Cinemin Station pico projector is an alarm clock-sized convenient media center and iPod docking station for big pictures with big audio. More info

Samsung Pico Projector.- Samsung MBP200

MBP200 can connect to mobile phones and laptops and by utilizing the DLP® pico chip from Texas Instruments it allows users to transform their traditional two inch screen to a 50-inch viewing screen allowing others to share in the video experience. In addition, users can easily transfer files and project content independent of an attached source via the microSD card slot. The MBP200 has a simple shape and design with touchpad controls on the right side of the device for easy navigation and a 2.2-inch QVGA LCD screen which allow users to view content privately.

Butterfly MicroProjectors and Projector Phone – www.butterflytechnology.com

3M Mobile Projector – Competing with TI and their DLP technology, at CES, 3M showed off their new LCoS-based MM200, a micro projection technology for phones, mobile devices, games, etc. Check out Tech Web TV: 3M’s Tiny Mobile Projector – View the clip posted on youtube.com…

The 3M™ Micro Professional Projector (MPro110) connects to most digital video devices to project movies, photos, and files virtually anywhere.

o The MPro110 has an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a native resolution of 640 x 480 VGA
o Turns any room into a projection room
o Project video and photos from your video phone
o Share videos and movies from your video camera
o Create a spontaneous slide show from your digital camera
o Projector your portable gaming console while on the road

Internet Video – TiVo and Yahoo

Yahoo ConnectedTV service. Yahoo partners with Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics and VIZIO to more easily deliver Internet Video content to home viewing devices and TV sets. TV Widgets give you the best of the Internet in perfect harmony with the simplicity and reliability of your television. They’re as rich, varied, and useful as your favorite sites on the Web, reinterpreted for TV. Check out the press release

Tivo – in addition to allowing you to watch your own recorded videos from cable and broadcast, Tivo users can now access thousands of movies and TV episodes instantly streamed from Netflix directly to their TVs as well as any other Internet source such as YouTube, MTV.com and Hulu. See Tivo CES – Digital Experience Press Release

Camcorders – Sanyo and Panasonic – Affordable and easy to use “waterproof” video camcorders with a host of cool new technologies to make it even easier to shoot good looking video

At the CES Digital Experience event, Sanyo Xacto E1 showed off their very cool Xacti waterproof camcorders. Not for hard core divers, these simple to use and very affordable camcorders are perfect for snorklers, surfers and those who just want to play and video in the waves. In addition to video, this waterproof digital camcorder captures 6 Megapixel still photos, and offers a 5x Optical zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD display. You can capture up to up to 1hr. 20min. digital video per 1GB memory card

Check out the Sanyo Xacti product online

Panasonic’s new SDR-SW21 digital camcorder can be used in water to a depth of 6.5 feet. Not only it is water and dust resistant, but the Panasonic SDR-SW21 camcorder can be mishandled by your kids and clumsy adults According to Panasonic, it will survive a drop of up to four feet. (we haven’t tested that feature!).
YouTube Video from CES – Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Camera

At 2009 CES, Panasonic also announced their lines of new HD camcorders and digital camcorders. Bigger, better, and easier to use – now with 70x zoom with optical image stabilization. Wow!

This is pretty cool as well.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. rolled out their SMX-F34 “YouTube compatible” compact digital camcorder. It features a memory card slot for SD/SDHC and also offers 16GB of internal flash memory. Samsung is the first digital imaging company to apply H.264 compression to standard definition video, which considerably extends record times. Thanks to H.264 compression, users can record up to eight hours of standard definition video directly to the camcorder’s internal flash memory without having to rely on a memory card. The Samsung SMX F34 also shoots high quality digital stills Read the press release

Liquid Image’s Scuba Diving maskwith a digital/video camera built in. You no longer have to lug your video camera with you underwater. This is a bright idea. Why didn’t anyone else think of building a full featured camcorder/camera into the mask? Introduced at last year’s CES, the first units are just about to hit the market. Starting at just $99, the entry level model is for kids, families, and snorklers. It is good to about a 15 foot depth.

Small waterproof buttons on top let you easily select the various modes as well as start and stop the camcorder. The mask lens has an etched pattern to make it the camera simple to aim. The entry level unit comes with 16 Mb of internal memory and can use up to a 2GB MicroSD card. It records digital stills at 2560×1920 pixels and 640×480 VGA video. The higher priced models are targeted to scuba divers as well as underwater professionals.

Click here to see Liquid Image videos on YouTube – The top of the line Pro HD350 mask includes the ability to use add on lights for deep water illumination, as well as 5 MB pixel digital still camera and HD video. With a 32 GB card, you can record for hours underwater. Check out their site for more details, tech specifications and to buy these.

WebAround wins our award for the Best Simple Idea of CES – A webcam background screen that attaches to your office chair and allows you to make one person videos without any annoying background distractions. Plus as the screens are a single color, this enables your video codec to run just a bit more efficiently. The green or blue version also lets you to do basic chroma key image effects. Prices start at 30 and for a small additional fee, you can get your company logo added as well. This is a brilliant idea for video bloggers and business video producers.

Quick Launch for Microsoft Windows computers

A bunch of companies have recognized how slowly windows loads and have developed workarounds to allow you to start your computer and to get on the net quickly, while windows loads in the background. Most are using a small kernel operating system, that launches before the computer’s main operating system, combined with a stripped own Internet browser that does not require Microsoft Windows to run.

At the Showstoppers event, DeviceVM, Inc. demoed their Splashtop “instant-on” platform. By using Splashtop, you can connect to your favorite Internet sites and applications seconds after turning on the computer. Users can surf the web, check email, chat online or video conference seconds after turning on their netbooks, all without starting a traditional operating system.

Smaller and more powerful portable computing devices – netbooks and mobile internet devices

OQO, Model 2+ (or maybe a PID – a Portable Internet device) This is a very small computer or a large smartphone that does not make phone calls.

The OQO Model 2+ weighs less than a pound, sports a 5-inch OLED touch screen display (800×480), and has a slide-out backlit keyboard. The dainty UMPC packs a 1.86-GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 60GB SSD HD, and can connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, and EvDO. Prices start at about $1000.

HP showed off their new Mini 2140 Notebook PC that features a simple, refined all-aluminum case for a sleek yet lightweight design. Starting at 2.6 pounds,(1) the fully functional and durable HP Mini 2140 is an ideal companion PC for the on-the-go professional. It features a large 10.1-inch diagonal scratch-resistant HP Illumi-Lite LED display available in either standard or high-definition(2) resolutions, a user-friendly 92 percent of full-size QWERTY keyboard, and a range of hard-drive options including an optional high-capacity 80-gigabyte (GB)(3) solid-state drive. Read the press release. They also showed off their new touch enabled technology – pretty cool HP Brings First All-in-One Touch-enabled Desktop Technology to Business Customers

New product revealed

Here is some video of the new HP IQ504 TouchSmart

Many of these netbooks are powered by Intel’s Atom processor. However, there is another player. At the 2009 CES Showstopper event, VIA was showing off their Nano processor for netbooks.

3D video for TV and for computers – 3D is the next digital imaging revolution!

Minoru demonstrated their new 3D Webcam – targeted to gamers and kids who want to play with 3D. The Minuro 3D webcam is webcam unit with two cameras spaced roughly the same distance apart as human eyes, for the stereoscopic effect.

This creates an anthropomorphic look that means users tend to look into the eyes of the camera as they light up. (Look into my eyes and what do you see? I’m in 3D!)

The Webcam has a multi-position stand that can sit or stand on a desk, or perch on a monitor. Viewers wear special colored glasses to see the 3D image, and five pairs are included. It also has two microphones to provide stereo sound to go along with the 3D video. Amazingly it works and looks pretty good. This is not a pro product but is a lot of fun. Check out the Minoru web site and press release. You can get the Trustin MINORU 3D Webcam (Red/Chrome) for just $90 at Amazon

At Showstoppers, iZ3D Inc., designer, marketer and enabler of advanced 3D visualization systems, showed off its new 3D Display prototypes for 2009. “We are continually pioneering new areas of 3D display for consumers with new display products, stereoscopic 3D software drivers, 3D player groups, events, and networking, 3D content certification and enablement, and system solution partnerships,” stated Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D Inc.

The new iZ3D Immersion Series gives a very impressive 3D effect. If you are into games like flight or racing simulations, you will love this. Using three of these iZ3D monitors at one time, lined up on your desk, wraps you into the game like never before. Read the press release

Panasonic showed off their 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System (Panasonic 3D FHD). Panasonic’s 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System enables the viewing of true-to-life 3D FHD images by using a Panasonic 103-inch Plasma HDTV and a Panasonic Blu-ray Disc (BD) player, capable of distributing full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) images to the left eye and right eye. By using a special pair of active shutter glasses that work in synchronization with the Plasma HDTV, the viewer is able to experience 3D images formed with twice the volume of information as regular full HD images, and enjoy them together with high quality surround sound. The 3D experience occurs because the left and right eyes recognize different images. Panasonic’s 3D FHD system comprises a 103-inch Plasma HDTV and a Blu-ray Disc player that plays back Blu-ray Discs onto which 3D video (consisting of left- and right-sided 1080p Full HD images) are recorded. Full HD processing occurs on both the left- and right-sided 3D image throughout the process – from recording, playback and display. Read the press release

The Next Generation of Remote Controls

Green Peak Ultra Low Power Remote ControlIn a private suite off the main floor, Netherlands based GreenPeak (www.greenpeak.com) showed off their next generation of remote controls. Using both standard IR for legacy devices and RF (radio frequency) for emerging consumer electronic devices, their new technology enables CE makers to create remote controls that never have to be recharged or have their batteries replaced.

Not only does it make them maintenance free, but by having small cell batteries hard wired in, you no longer have to deal with broken battery compartment lids. I don’t know about your house, but all my remotes are held together by rubber bands because they have been dropped too many times.

In addition to better battery life, this new generation of radio frequency remotes will make our lives a lot more convenient. Not only can you now hide your home theatre components, controllers and media systems away in a closet, with GreenPeak 50 foot range, you will be to access and control your entertainment systems from other rooms in your house. RF goes through walls, through closet doors, through glass. On top of that, RF supports interactivity so manufacturers will be able to include display and touch screens on remotes. By the way, these new remotes may be able to control much more than just your entertainment they can also handle your home’s heating, air conditioning, security and other systems as well. All from a single remote.