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Projecting Your Image

Projecting Your Image
by Gary Woods

I give about 100 talks a year, mostly on the state of the Real Estate market in Santa Barbara. This means that a couple of times a week I saddle up either my Toshiba or Sharp projector. Throw my laptop over my shoulder, stick my portable WiFi HotSpot in my bag and stuff my iPod Touch in my pocket then head out.

In the past few months I've mostly gone to doing the presentations on the iPad using Keynote which is an amazing $9.99 application so things are moving in the right direction. Ditching the laptop cuts down big time on the amount of stuff I schlep.

A lot of the time I'm in venues that can hold a couple of hundred people so the big projectors have to stay, but occasionally I'm in more intimate surroundings so I started looking at pocket projectors.

The one I found most intriguing is the Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 by Texas Instruments and Brookstone which retails for $230. The device functions as an okay case but the big feature is the 15 lumen LED projection lamp and Texas Instruments' DLP Pico projector. The company claims that the tiny projector, designed for dim or dark rooms, can project an image of up to 50 inches with a 640 by 360 pixel native resolution.

There's a small dial to adjust the projector's focus while a 0.5 watt speaker provides sound. The Pocket Projector works with any app that support dock-connector video out, including the iPhones build-in Videos, Photos and YouTube app.

If you need to project images off of you iPhone the Pocket Projector is a pretty cool, relatively inexpensive option.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc