Microvision ShowWX Plus HDMI Pico projector priced at $369; pre-order starts

The ShowWX+ HDMI is the same laser pico projector as the ShowWX+, only with an added HDMI input.  SHOWWX+ HDMI enables spontaneous content sharing and bigger visual collaboration outside of traditional meeting room settings.Microvision ShowWX Plus HDMI Pico projector priced at $369; pre-order startsSHOWWX+ HDMI is the perfect accessory for sharing content on the move thanks to its small size, plug-and-play connectivity and focus-free operation. New quick start capabilities offer immediate startup, and given that advancements in the latest operating systems of devices like RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook and Apple’s iPad 2 enable true display mirroring—users can connect and project everything on their device screens at image sizes greater than 100 inches in a matter of seconds.

Measuring in at 60 x 118 x 14 mm, the SHOWWX+ HDMI uses a laser projection system which means no focusing is necessary: simply point it at a wall and get up to a 2.5m display. Resolution is 848 x 480, which isn’t going to do much justice to your Full HD movies but is at least enough for some YouTube style entertainment. Brightness is 15 lumens and contrast is around 5,000:1, and the HDMI input is HDCP compliant for protected sources.

Though HDMI is a standard feature for most laptops and computers, it is a relatively new addition to smartphones and tablets. Adding HDMI connectivity to the SHOWWX line of projectors will extend the family of host devices compatible with MicroVision’s display—delivering a larger, more vivid, focus-free viewing experience to an extended range of mobile devices once the HDMI standard is broadly adopted.

“We are giving road warriors the ability to share digital content in a compelling manner, from the palms of their hands,” said Alexander Tokman, president and CEO of MicroVision. “Extending our connectivity expands our device ecosystem. Now even more mobile device users can break free from huddling around their palm or pad-sized screens to enjoy a bigger and more immersive viewing experience anywhere, at work or play.”

In addition to the HDMI, there’s the usual component input for use with a regular TV output from a laptop, DVD player or iPod. With the right adapter, meanwhile, you can also hook up a VGA connection, though with many notebooks having HDMI these days we doubt many will need that. The user-replaceable battery is good for up to 2hrs runtime.

SHOWWX+ HDMI is currently available in North America for pre-order on microvision.com and amazon.com at an MSRP of $369. A full suite of optional accessories, including spare batteries, extended HDMI cables, VGA docks, car chargers and carrying cases are available on the MicroVision online store and from authorized distributors.

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