Forecast: Future Looks Bright for Dim Projectors


According to a forecast released last week by display market research firm Pacific Media Associates, the market for pocket projectors and other miniature projection devices is set for a very bright future, though the devices themselves typically offer fewer than 500 lumens of brightness.

The forecast, admitted the company, is highly speculative and depends largely on the continuing evolution of projector technology toward "smallness, brightness, low power, and low cost" and the willingness of consumers to adopt these technologies. But, all told, the firm reported that it sees sales of mini projectors climbing from 18,000 units in 2006 to 6.5 million in 2011. These devices, according to Pacific Media, include:

  • Stand-alone mini-projectors (also known as pocket projectors);
  • Snap-on or embedded mini-projector modules for mobile host devices;
  • Embedded mini-projector modules for “big” host devices;
  • Lower-end “toy” mini-projectors;
  • Higher-end gaming mini-projectors; and
  • Personal mini-projectors.

Aside from these types of devices, projectors based on older technologies will contribute to the 6.5 million total unit sales. "Lower-resolution imager chips and older/dimmer lamp technologies top the list of the changes in these categories," the report stated.

The report is entitled "New Era projector Market." More information can be found at the link below.

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