This is a projector

The Explay Colibri raw module draws just 1.3 watts under load and can project a 70-inch image with a 10Lm brightness. Pico projectors are going to be everywhere.
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25 Responses to This is a projector

  1. nehpetsE says:

    The thumb looks funny because the thumb IS the projector.

    its like that joke about Bill Gates on the golf course.

  2. jimkirk says:

    “Pictures from 7 to 70-inches can be projected from 20 to 200cm distance”.

    English or metric units would be fine, but mixing them? That’s precious!

  3. technogeek says:

    OK, what does the module cost in experimenter quantities and how hard is it to interface to?

    If it’s sufficiently cheap, I can think of plenty of uses for it.

  4. technogeek says:

    Answering my own question: Yes, there’s a development kit… but no, it isn’t generally available; it’s closer to being a controlled beta. (You have to apply as company and justify why they want to let you have one of the experimenter units.)

    I might actually be able to make a legitimate case, but I sorta can’t blame them for wanting to focus on people who are likely to buy large quantities relatively soon.

  5. TwoShort says:

    When do I get a “netbook” with this instead of a screen, and one of those laser-projected keyboard things?

  6. semiotix says:

    @18 and 19:

    Together, I think you do an excellent job of illustrating something I’ve always believed: there’s no good reason to bring “graffiti art” under the protected heading of “art” unless you’re willing to admit an equal quantity of “commercial art.”

    They’re basically mirror-image twins: highly stylized “art” that virtually no one asked for and that most people find distracting at best and more often offensive, but cherished by a very small minority for its ability to command the attention of passers-by.

    The idea that a Shepard Fairey is somehow nobler than the guy who wallpapers E. 83rd with identical copies of the newest Radiohead album poster strikes me as another version of “only what I like is art, your stuff is just noise.” (And I think Fairey is brilliant.) (Also, just using your comments as a jumping-off point; not suggesting you feel one way or the other.)

  7. Xakh says:

    Does anyone else realize the pants crappingly terrible things that this thing could do? If these things got a little more powerful, ads could be projected on ANYTHING, AT ANY TIME. I’m not going to talk anymore, just think about it.

  8. kaiza says:

    Awesome! Now we can have giant rear-projection mobile phones!

  9. zuzu says:

    I’m looking forward to these being included in smartphones to project against the wall in bars, pubs, and other social spaces to collaborate and share ideas.

    I think we’re going to need more devices running Linux like the Palm Pre and using interfaces like those designed by Jeff Han (along with modality lessons from Jef Raskin) to make them a “killer app” though.

    There’s a lesson to be learned about Apple using iTunes to sell iPods. We need software to realize the potential of this amazing hardware.

  10. TooGoodToCheck says:

    Anyone know what 10LM brightness means? I’m assuming LM is not lumens, because 10 lumens would be pretty weak.

    Maybe I’m not thinking about this correctly, but I can’t imagine that 1.3 watts is going to illuminate a 70 inch screen very well. I mean, even if you’re watching in complete darkness, isn’t the projected image still going to be fairly dark?

  11. Anonymous says:

    That’s not a projector, it’s a photoshop of a component of indeterminate size spliced into a picture of a thumb and an index finger.

  12. dculberson says:

    Semiotix, I see your point but also believe that there’s a difference in that graffiti is done for aesthetic or statement reasons alone while advertisements are an inducement to purchase a product. While the graffiti could be seen as a promotion of the artist, thus helping “selling” the artist’s brand, I think it’s a stretch to consider it as equal to purely commercial advertising.

    I still hate graffiti, having had to clean some bonehead’s tags off my building in the past. But graffiti done with permission of the property owner, or on your own property, is cool. (Is that still graffiti? Probably not..)

  13. Bloodboiler says:

    #1: “I’m looking forward to these being included in smartphones to project against the wall in bars, pubs, and other social spaces to collaborate and share ideas.”

    (I honestly can’t tell if that is sarcasm. If it is, it’s a great allusion to Dilbert.)

    I suspect our fellow mammals will find somewhat more low brow uses for this. Where ever immaturity and/or intoxication can be found in sufficient quantities, I expect to see porn on all available surfaces.

  14. TonyB. says:

    TOOGOODTOCHECK: All the pico projectors out there are currently at 10 lumens. Here’s a vid of of one at10 lumens on a trade floor making about a 15 inch image: T
    his particular one can do about a 100 inch image in a darkened room.

    Disclosure: I work for Microvision the maker of the one in the video. It’s a laser based pico projector.

  15. TJ S says:

    Is that ANSI lumens, or Peak lumens?

  16. spazzm says:

    This looks shoopd. I can tell from some of the pixels.

  17. opus7600 says:

    The thumb there looks odd. Is this ‘shopped?

  18. dculberson says:

    Opus, I think so.

    TooGood… bright lights require a lot of power; 10 lumens will make a viewable image but you’re obviously not going to be watching whole movies with the thing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    How come the component casts a shadow on the thumb, but the forefinger doesn’t cast a shadow on the component?

    Photoshop FAIL.

  20. Dillenger69 says:

    This is nice, and 800×600 svga in a package that small is impressive … but I won’t be spending any money on something like this until it can do 1280×720 at least. I suppose you could always set up four of them and create a 1600×1200 screen.

  21. Wordguy says:

    Could something like this be used in robotics, in conjunction with a camera? Say the robot projects a pattern (perhaps a moving pattern) with one of these units, and then reads the image with its camera. Could it compare the two images to learn about it’s environment? For example it could determine if the terrain is bumpy, the shape of an obstacle, and so on.

  22. shanealeslie says:

    Hmmm, wear a hoodie or cap or helmet with a translucent screen that drops down in front of your face, stick one of the projectors in to shine on the screen and voila the perfect commuters personal TV/monitor. Add in a laptop with a thigh pad keyboard and a ring mounted trackball, maybe a web cam and a GPS, and you could do some pretty cool Augmented Reality gaming.

  23. grimc says:


    I’d love a phone projector that projected text on as small a surface as your palm. On a call but want to know the time, call length or who’s ringing on the other line? Just hold out your hand.

  24. Art says:

    Good points, all.

    I am very impressed with the brightness and clarity of the projected image. Also, focusing simultaneously on two planes is an unexpected benefit

  25. technogeek says:

    #18: On the other hand, graffiti projections could also set up more easily. Or art installations. Not that there’s always a difference, and in fact the difference would be reduced if graffiti was nondestructive.

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