3M’s Mobile Interactive Solutions Division announced the next model in their pico projector line, the MP225a. The new projector uses an LCOS imager and LEDs to produce 32 lumens at SVGA (800×600) resolution. According to 3M, the internal rechargeable battery can power the projector at full brightness for 2 hours. Optional cables enable the MP225a to be connected to an Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod or portable computer. The MP225a will be available in October 2011 at a suggested retail price of US$299.
PMA’s projector market research is closely following the recent trend toward higher brightness projectors like the MP225a and Optoma PK301. These products are more powerful than previous models in the Pico Companion segment and, while truly portable, they provide usable run time in situations where wall power is not available.