Acer K11 Pico Projector Packs All Sorts Of Brightness

Acer K11 Pico Projector Packs All Sorts Of Brightness

Pico projectors are one of those product categories that are super interesting. But maybe not in the way you'd think. They took off and had a full force of steam behind them about two years ago, but then, they never really changed much. Even today's pico projectors have relatively low resolutions and they're still not small enough to really get within mobile devices. Are we expecting too much change, too soon? Possibly, but Acer doesn't think so.

The company has teamed up with Luminus Devices in order to use the company's PT-39 chipset to power the Acer K11 second generation DLP Pico Projector. It's the world's smallest pico projector to offer a brightness level of 200 lumens, which is unheard of for a projector this small. Most of these units top out at around 30 to 50 lumens, but this one's obviously better designed for rooms with ambient light. It's also compatible with iPhones and iPads, and it supports direct USB input for projecting media you have locally. Finally, there's an integrated card reader for transferring files on/off.

No exact price has been mentioned, but we doubt such a bright pico projector will sell for cheap.


 Luminus Devices’ LEDs Power Acer’s new K11, the World’s Smallest 200 lm Pocket Projector

PhlatLight LEDs Continue to Enable More Compact Lamp-free Projectors With no Sacrifice on Performance
InfoComm 2010


LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Luminus Devices Inc., designer, developer and manufacturer of high light output PhlatLight® LEDs, today announced that its PT-39 chipset is powering Acer’s K11 second generation DLP projector, the world’s smallest projector to offer a brightness of 200 lumens. Succeeding the K10 projector, the K11 offers twice the performance in a reduced footprint of only 12.2 x 11.6 mm2, and weighing a mere 0.61 Kg. The K11 is compatible with iPhones/iPads, supports USB media sources, High Definition multimedia devices and includes a built-in card reader for fast media sharing.

    “Size and brightness are critical attributes driving the fast adoption of ultra-mobile multimedia projectors and the K11 is setting new standards in that respect.”

The PhlatLight LED PT-39 chipset is engineered specifically for projection systems that use micro-displays ranging from 0.4” to 0.55” with individual red, green and blue LEDs. PhlatLight LEDs are larger than conventional LEDs and operate reliably at significantly higher intensity, delivering light output levels unprecedented in monolithic LEDs. Projectors illuminated by PhlatLight LEDs produce up to forty percent wider color gamut than the National Television Systems Committee standard.

“With the K11, Acer demonstrates how our customers can take advantage of PhlatLight continuous performance and efficacy improvement to shrink their designs and still manage dramatic performance improvements,” said Stephane Bellosguardo, director of global product marketing, display, Luminus Devices. “Size and brightness are critical attributes driving the fast adoption of ultra-mobile multimedia projectors and the K11 is setting new standards in that respect.”

“Thanks to Luminus’ PT-39 PhlatLight LEDs, we can offer our mobile customers a versatile second generation lamp-free projector, more compact yet brighter than its predecessor,” said Victor Chien, director of digital display business unit, Acer Inc. “The addition of versatile multimedia interfaces combined with LEDs’ deep colors makes the K11 a compelling accessory for business and entertainment applications alike.”

The PhlatLight PT-39 LEDs are highly reliable and last in excess of 20,000 hours in the K11 pocket projector. They are free of hazardous materials and fully compliant with the European Economic Community’s Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. 
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How big of a picture can these little projectors reasonably be expected to provide?

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CDeeter:

How big of a picture can these little projectors reasonably be expected to provide?

I wouldn't expect anything huge out of them.

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To answer your question and following on from @CDeeter

A similar product to this, the Adapt 450 Pro palm projector has 100 lumens and that can take you up to a screen size of 150 inches.

Just like the product above it has USB and SD card slot connection, but it is the worlds first projector to have in built Digital TV onboard.

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I'm happy to see the pocket projector category making this big jumps in brightness in such a short period of time.  For me, I'm looking for a pico/micro projector than can be run off a battery, which I don't think any of the 100+ lumen units are capable of due to the power consumption.  I'm currently looking at the new AAXA and Optoma units as options.  In particular, the AAXA M1+ due to the brightness, price, and better media player performance versus the Optoma units:

http://www.projectorcentral.com/AAXA_M1_Plus_pocket_projector_review.htm

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What's the resolution?

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