Pietermaritzburg - Smartphones have become smaller and TV screens bigger, but did you know you could carry a whole drive-in in your back pocket?
Okay maybe “drive-in” is a little ambitious, but how about a 254cm (100-inch) screen? Not too bad from a projector just larger than the size of an external hard drive.
The LG MiniBeam projectors boast some massive specs that will raise eyebrows, especially from those big on big-screen TVs.
Earlier this month, the South Korean company announced the availability of a range of mini projectors to the South African market.
Offering versatility and mobility, the devices show just how far we’ve come from the days of teachers rolling clanky, massive projectors into the classroom.
The series consists of five projectors at different Lumens or amounts of visible light to the eye from the source of the projection.
The projectors at 100, 600, 800, 1 400 Lumens are designed to display the screen from a distance of just 38cm to the wall or surface, while traditional projectors function from a distance of between 3m and 4m.
And while it was fun to make bunny shadow puppets from the projector light, the 38cm distance eliminates disruptions from those walking in front of the projection.
Having a projector just slightly bigger than a wallet opens entertainment up to literally anywhere - outdoor camping trips or parties - transforming almost any living space into a TV room or lounge.
The devices come with their own speakers, but if you want to match the large picture with some large sound, a home theatre system can be added.
The device also supports Bluetooth sound accessories, and has a USB host to play movies without needing a computer.
They also support input from HDMI, enabling a new kind of gaming experience for Xbox and PlayStation.
LG boasts the device will be able to support file formats such as DivX, MP3, Photo and Office file viewer for presentations.
The projectors are also able to give Full HD resolution video output of 1920x1080.
However, pocket-size technology offering users these features does not come cheap.
While the cheapest projector features at roughly the same price as a traditional device at around R5 599, the mid-range comes in at R10 999 and the top of the range at R22 999.
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