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Microprojectors Will Project Your Personal Gadgets Onto Any Flat Surface

Should Personal Technology Stay Personal?

The New York Times highlighted a new product, microprojectors, which let you project your iPod, iPhone, or whatever personal gadget with an image you might have onto any nearby smooth surface — and simultaneously wonder the same things as me. Say you just settle in for a long nap on your red-eye flight to the opposite coast, when the family next to you decides to project Enchanted onto the tray table next to you.

You guys know how I love my gadgets, but I loathe the idea of people ever being able to talk on cell phones on planes, play music on the bus, and basically disturb your neighbors with your tech (especially when you've got no place to go). I just think personal gadgets should remain personal — yes to headphones, yes to downloading a movie just for you for a flight. . . But gadgets like microprojectors seem to be made for traveling situations that would disturb the people around you. What do you think of microprojectors and this kind of tech?


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bubbaincal bubbaincal 9 years
If a family wants to project it on a seat on a plane I think it's fine. I mean they could still use earphones. Plus I'd rather hear Enchanted then screaming kids.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 9 years
Yeah... I pretty much agree with everyone else. Great concept, I am loving the idea of getting to take movies with me but NOT have to watch them on a teeny little screen, but... too much potential for abuse. And people WILL abuse it.
VitaminCM VitaminCM 9 years
I think they seem really cool initially. I can see going to my parent's house and throwing a slideshow of my daughter and I on the wall. Then I can see the jackass next to me on the train putting stupid crap all over the place. I think that we should all be able to have these devices, but we should also all be allowed to beat the life out of idiots who use it to annoy people in public.
gabichou26 gabichou26 9 years
Well. I agree that that thing would be annoying in a plane, but it's a bloody useful thing to use at home. Say you have all your pictures stored on your iPod, you can, and correct me if I'm wrong, project them on a wall to show friends or just to watch by yourself. And I don't know about you, but I think watching a movie on the wall must be much more pleasant than on your laptop--can you do that? Plug in your laptop?
Taadie Taadie 9 years
i agree. this would be cool if you go on vacation and you want to watch the movies from your ipod on the wall of you HOTEL ROOM but not in a public place. It would annoy me if someone on the plane was doing it next to me and I know they would.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
personal gadgets should stay personal. we shoudnt disturb the ple ard us when we are using our personal gadgets. such as on the bus, train or in the cinema. but this microprojector thingy seems cool if u just want to show some stuff to friends at home or in a small space where the full size projector isnt available.
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