Nextar hops on the bandwagon with Z10 LCoS micro projector

Darren Murph
D. Murph|01.05.09

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Nextar hops on the bandwagon with Z10 LCoS micro projector

Just in case counting every last pico projector on or coming to the market was too easy for you, Nextar's hoping to boggle your hippocampus by adding one more to the furiously growing list. The outfit's LCoS-based Z10 is being launched alongside the equally portable PS-001 20-inch screen, and it'll check in weighing under 2.5-pounds and boasting a 640 x 480 resolution. As for additional specifications, you're looking at a brightness level between 7 and 12 lumens, a 360-degree lens shift capability with manual adjust and a 4:3 aspect ratio. To its credit, it will accept a litany of file formats and can be fed data via microSD / TF cards, a USB port and L/R audio ports. Both products are slated to hit retailers in the Spring for $299.99 and $39.99 in order of mention, and you can catch two more looks and the full release just after the break.

Nextar Projects Big Image with New Micro Projector and Screen

Affordable Duo Puts Professional Quality Presentations into the Hands of Scores More;
Items to Be Featured at 2009 CES along with Other Advanced Nextar Products

La Verne, CA – Jan 5, 2009 – Nextar™, a designer and marketer of bold and new consumer electronic products with mass appeal, is ready to introduce a LCOS micro projector (Z10), that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, and a 20" (diagonal) screen (PS-001). The duo makes it easier and more economical for more people to make quality, professional presentations. Nextar will feature the units at the upcoming 2009 CES in booth South 3 31753.

"With AC/DC operation, the new Nextar micro projector and screen weigh in with a combined weight of under 2.5 pounds and can be used virtually anywhere," said Eddy Zheng, Nextar founder. "They are perfect for small classroom instruction, projecting images at social functions, or in meeting applications – any of which can be indoors or out. With a combined SRP of under $350, they are very economically priced and will fit practically any budget."

The Nextar Z10 LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) front-projecting micro projector will display images with a resolution up to 640x480. LCOS technology produces much higher resolution images than many other technologies. The unit has a brightness level of between 7 and 12 lumens, a 360-degree lens shift capability with manual adjust, and displays images in 4:3 aspect ratio format.

This fit-in-the-hand projector uses an LED light source with a life expectancy of 30,000 hours. It accepts Micro SD cards and comes equipped with a built-in speaker. Projected image size is up to 20".

I/O connectors include Micro SD, TF card, L/R audio, USB, and ear jack. Video compatibility is provided for AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM/RMVB, ASF, FLV, and WMV9/VC1. Audio compatibility includes MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, APE, ALAC, and MPEG1/2/2.5. Picture compatibility is for images in BMP, JPEG, or GIF formats.

Other features include MP4 functionality, software support for English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, and either AC or DC low-power-consumption operation. A mini-tripod stand is included to provide stable projecting.

Provided accessories are: AC power adaptor, battery, audio cable, S-video and USB cables. It meets FCC and UL approval.

The ultra-lightweight PS-001 screen is easy-to-set up and measures 20" diagonally.

The palm-size Nextar Z10 projector measures 4.13" x 2.32" x 1.0" and weighs approximately one pound. The PS-001 screen measures 18.89" x 1.57" x 15.7" opened and 18.9" x 1.57" x 1.2" folded. It weighs approximately 1.3 pounds.

Pricing and Availability
The two new Nextar presentation units will be available in Spring 2009 at leading retailers across the country. The Z10 micro projector has an SRP of $299.99, The PS-001 portable screen has an SRP of $39.99.
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