Pico projector features built-in media player

PocketCinema V10

Aiptek’s PocketCinema V10 is both a stand alone media player and a highly-compact projector capable of throwing a 42-inch image at a distance of up to 6 feet. As a projector device can be used in conjunction with iPods, cameras, mobile phones, game consoles or other portable media devices and as a media player it supports SD cards up to 8GB in addition to its 1GB of internal memory.

Weighing the 5.2 oz (without battery) and measuring 4.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches, PocketCinema V10 has in-built 0.5W speakers and uses an LED light source and LCoS Optical Technology developed by 3M to obtain its small footprint and 640 x 480 (VGA) image resolution. It supports JPEG, Video, and MP3 playback and the AV interface is a 3-in-1 AV phone jack with a USB port for to connecting to a computer.

Selling for around USD$300, the PocketCinema V10 package includes the Projector, a compact alloy tripod and a remote control. There’s also an optional cradle with speaker and power charger available.

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iPod touch gets Street View, beats iPhone 3G at tennis

Some good news for iPod touch owners: one enterprising individual going by the nom de mod timmyj9 has figured out how to enable the Street View functionality in the media player’s version 2.2 firmware — albeit with some glitches. If your iPod touch is jailbroken, and if you enjoy this sort of illegitimate activity, feel free to hit the link below for some thrilling step-by-step directions. And if that wasn’t exciting enough for you, we’ve just espied a video that pits the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G against both a first and a second generation iPod touch in a fight to the death (or more accurately, TouchSport Tennis). Admittedly, this is not the most scientific of benchmarks, but the clip (after the break) clearly shows the 532MHz second generation iPod touch rocking the 3D graphics faster than its 412MHz iPhone 3G counterpart. As expected, neither the original iPhone nor the first generation iPod fare nearly as well as their siblings.

Marantz’s IS301 wireless iPod dock elegantly cuts the cord

Wireless iPod docks were all the rage back in 2006 (seriously, we remember nerds camping out for them), but the trend sort of petered out as 2007 emerged and focus turned to more important matters. Now, Marantz is looking to bring it all back in style with the IS301, a Lucullan wireless iPod dock that transmits both audio and video sans cabling and includes a port-filled receiver for tight-knit home theater integration. Practically every dock-connecting iPod (no iPhones allowed, at least not officially) will work fine here, and there’s also Bluetooth 2.1 support for receiving and beaming tunes from BT-enabled devices. Expect the bundle to storm Japan in January for ¥26,250 ($277), after which we Americans will drop down on bended knee and plead for a US version.

[Via Impress]

Gallery: Marantz’s IS301 wireless iPod dock elegantly cuts the cord


Scosche Passport FireWire-to-USB iPod adapter gets reviewed

Okay, so this adapter doesn’t directly convert a FireWire 400 socket into a USB port, but for all intents and purposes here, it does as much. You see, Scosche’s Passport was designed to channel the energy from older FireWire-based iPod charging gear into the USB prongs that the newer iPhone / iPods only accept. Macworld was able to get ahold of one for review, and in testing, it found that everything worked well when toying with new iPods, and while it was designed specifically for in-car applications, critics found that it even worked (albeit inelegantly) with dock-cradle accessories. Was it worth $30? Absolutely, so long as you’d rather burn $30 than replace that mess of wires you’ve got behind the dashboard (and you would).