Monday, June 24, 2013

Laser Pico Projectors Will Make TV Obsolete

Laser PicoP technology could blow away the television industry as we know it!

Why pay for a big 60 inch TV when you can buy a 50+ lumen HD PicoP projector for one third the price and get 720p [1920 X 720p] at 16:9 wide screen resolution… and take it with you anywhere you go with an Internet connection?

Could the big TV companies put a kibosh on this PicoP technology?  I’ve been following this technology for many years and up until recently no body believed that PicoP technology could pose such a threat leading to the demise of energy guzzling [65watt] LED TV. In countries where energy is a precious commodity, countries like India and China, PicoP projectors [at 5watt] could see faster and massive adoption.

Think about it!!!

A laser PicoP projector at HD 720p resolution and with built-in WiFi connection, would be at less than 5 watts. And you could project 60 inch HD images from less than 5 feet away in a small Asian living room. The LED based 60 inch TV would consume over 65 watts... and produce so much wasted heat in hot and humid countries like India and China. Did you know the biggest consumer of electricity is for operating the billion or so TVs around the world.

Large screen energy guzzling TVs are doomed. If nothing else, the HD PicoP technology would definitely not help their cause.  Just like the iPad and tablet is killing PCs; MicroVision’s HD PicoP technology is truly disruptive. Imagine in next 36 months; you could buy a smartphone with built-in HD PicoP projector shooting 1080p at 50+ laser lumen. That would definitely hurt TV sales; but they [TV manufacturers] can not stop this progress. Too many large players like SONY and SAMSUNG want this technology to grow and flourish. The market pull is enormous. Once we get clear guidance for mass produced Diode Green Lasers, it will be a proverbial rocket ride after that... for companies like MicroVision.

So, did I buy a PicoPro from Celluon and got rid of my 42" HD LED TV. 

The answer is YES and NO!

Yes, I bought the PicoPro from Celluon but did not get rid of my 42" LED TV... not yet anyway!

I’m thinking, for example, of buying another one when the 50+ lumen 1080p PicoP projectors come out… and use it in the bedroom for occasional viewing on the ceiling.  I could easily watch a show on my wall or ceiling and take it anywhere I want and for one third the price of 60 inch LED TV.

So it’s obvious to me that TV sales stand to lose a substantial amount over the next few years─ when the PicoP projectors at 50+ lumen and 1080p resolution come out… especially when the sales in colleges and universities start to pick-up momentum.

At the very least; HD PicoP projectors at 50+ lumen will fill-in the spot for the 2nd and 3rd TV sets in affluent homes.

Anant Goel
Producer CEO - RKNet Studios