3M and Texas Instruments have all made handheld pico projectors, but Microvision might have just upped the ante with their “laser projection” technology.
Jacques Lincoln, Microvision’s Global Product Manager, explains that by using laser instead of LEDs to project light, image projections never needs focusing (as you’ll see in the video), and maintains better contrast and accuracy.
Microvision’s codenamed “Pico Projector” is expected to arrive mid-2009 at an estimated price of around US$500.
UPDATE: Being highly mobile opens up new possibilities for displaying imagery in the open world. As seen in this Pico Underground blog, animal projections in everyday spaces create for a surreal synthesis of the real and virtual.