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Optoma Debuts "World's Largest" 1080p DLP Rear Projection Display at CES 2007

"World's smallest" screen also shown at CES 2007?

By John Virata

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What Panasonic started at CES 2006 with the world's largest Plasma display panel, other companies followed suit at CES2007, with many touting the world's largest something or other. One company even went on to claim the creation of the "World's Largest 100-inch LCD display." Now that is a pretty big 100-inch display. While Sharp was touting its 108 as the largest LCD display, Optoma was pushing its BigVizion 1080P High Definition as the world's largest DLP rear projection display at a whopping 120 inches diagonal.

Optoma tout's the BigVizion as sporting 10,000:1 contrast, IR pass through for system integration, precision pixel matching technology for 1:1 scan conversion, HDMI, BNC, RGBHV, VGA, S-Video, Composite, and Component inputs, and support for 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p inputs. Now that is pretty BIG for a DLP rear projection system.

The BigVizion captured this attendee's imagination so much he stood in front of the photographers for five minutes.

Not to be outgunned were the small form factor devices, which are also vying for viewer eyeballs as content moves from TV to the Internet to mobile devices. Nokia was showing off its N800 Internet Tablet, a desktop Linux-based communication device in a handheld form factor that offers Internet calling, instant messaging, and email, as well as stereo audio and video support in a single, palm-sized device.

The N800 Internet Tablet

The Nokia N800 can play a variety of audio and video file formats.

The N800 connects to the Internet via WiFi or Bluetooth phone, (WLAN 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0,) and works with Realnetwork's Rhapsody music service as well as Skype for Internet phone calls. The person at the booth told CEN that the device also supports Web browsing via Opera 8 web browser and RSS feeds. It also can play a variety of audio and video file formats, and stores media and other data in either the internal 128MB memory (256MB flash memory) or via SD, microSD, miniSD, MMC, and RS-MMC cards up to 2GB. www.nokia.com.

Not to be outdone, Palm showcased the new Treo 750 Smartphone. The GSM worldphone features email, wireless browsing, 240x240 65,000 color display, 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture capabilities, support for up to 2GB miniSD cards, all weighing in at 4.4oz. The Internet is accessed via Internet Explorer Mobile, and for those office types, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mobile applications are included. The Treo 750 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and is priced starting at $399.

Treo 750

JVC introduced the latest to its popular Everio line of camcorders with a new model that captures HD 1920x1080i video to its 60GB hard disk drive. The camcorder, priced at $1,799 and expected to ship in April 2007, features three 1/5-inch 16:9 progressive scan CCDs and a Fujinon lens. It connects to a computer or large screen displays via USB 2.0, HDMI, and IEEE 1394 connections, whereby the video would be down converted to DV. www.jvc.com.


iWear AV230
Over at the Sands Convention Center, Icuiti was showing off its new iWear AV230,  a personal viewing device for the iPod and other video-enabled devices that you wear just like a pair of glasses. iWear AV230 features twin 320x240 resolution LCD displays (could they be the world's smallest LCD displays?) that project a virtual 44-inch screen viewed at nine feet. The unit also features diopter adjustments for so you can remove your eyeglasses for viewing. Slipping the unit on, I was immersed in a visual sensation complete with stereo sound and, being one who gets dizzy on certain car rides as well as roller coasters, I didn't experience any sort of queasy sensations while enjoying Jurassic Park on the mini screen. It is available for $249.95. www.icuiti.com

Zivio Bluetooth headset

Joby was also at the Sands showcasing the Zivio Bluetooth headset, which it won a CES Innovations Honoree award at this year's show. While not much information was available at the booth, the device is definitely mini as Bluetooth headsets go. It weighs just 13 grams and features a 10 hour talk time between charges, which are done via the USB port on any computer. The headset itself measures just 2.1 inches and has a boom length of 3.3 inches, and a width of 0.6 inches. the casing is made of stainless steel and plastic and isn't at all as geeky looking as some of the current headsets on the market. pricing was also not set, but the thing is truly micro. www.joby.com.

John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com

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