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ABC7: Pocket-sized home theaters make debut

Pocket-sized home theaters make debut

LAS VEGAS, NV (KGO) -- One of the biggest trends at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was the home-theater-in-your-pocket.

One of the latest categories of consumer electronics is one called Pico Projectors.
Just a few feet away from the world's largest home theaters screens at 150 inches, the world's smallest home theaters were unveiled. Smaller than mini and smaller than micro, they are called Pico Projectors.

About the size of an iPhone, they run on batteries and can project an image the size of a 42-inch plasma in a bright room.

Ian Brown of Microvision, which makes a laser version, says, "As we imagine the social networking phenomenon increasing, I would think many, many people will be sharing videos, sharing photos, that kind of thing with these."

[The lasers] are so small, the whole projector mechanism could fit into a matchbook. Developed by Microvision of Redmond, Washington, the laser system provides more colors and does not need to be focused.

"As we look out further," Brown projects, "if these tiny engines get smaller even still, we could imagine to get them inside cell phones themselves. So we have one single device, if you like, that people carry around with them."

When the first one is built into a phone, you'll see it here at ABC7.