Meet the Neo-i, the first all-in-one iDevice sound dock with built-in Pico projector

Going on sale in mid-December (just in time for Christmas) for a recommended retail price of $449, the Neo-i by Optoma delivers onto the consumer the first plug ‘n’ play sound dock with built-in Pico projector for your iPhone and iPod Touch, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your audio and video content in one transportable, tabletop device. The Neo-i comes complete with a 16-watt built-in stereo speaker system and additional inputs to accommodate just about any source component.

Sporting a modern, graceful design that blends easily into any environment, the Neo-i combines a 50 ANSI Lumen Pico projector delivering an image of up to 120″ in native WVGA (854 X 480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format, with a full-bodied 16-watt stereo system. Thanks to its utilization of Apple’s patented 30-pin connector, the docking station accommodates all iPod, iPhone and iTouch devices. Additionally, the 2.5 lb projector has a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a bulb life of over 20,000 hours, as well as VGA and HDMI 1.3 ports that will allow users to hook up other gadgets and video sources.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea for the techy in your life or you are the techy looking to pick up the latest and greatest, keep your eyes peeled for the Neo-i’s arrival this December. There’s just something really cool about projecting pictures and movies in your iDevice onto just about any surface. And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a gadget with similar technology (and one that’s much more portable), Optoma has already released the Pico PK-101 Pocket Projector for the iPhone/iPod, which sells at the Apple Store for $199.

Press Release

FREMONT, Calif. Nov.1, 2010 Optoma, the world’s best-selling brand of DLP projectors and leader in Pico projection technology, announces the Neo-i,the first all-in-one iPod® sound dock with built-in Pico projector that gives digital media device users plug ‘n’ play compatibility to enjoy their audio and video content projector in one transportable, tabletop device. Complete with a built-in 16-watt stereo speaker system and additional inputs to accommodate just about any source component, the Neo-i combines the best of both portable digital technologies providing users with a simple, unique audio/video solution. The Neo-i goes on sale in mid-December with an end user price of $449.

“The Neo-i offers a unique solution to a marketplace that is increasingly dependent on portable devices for both audio and video content,” said Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of sales & marketing. “This gives them a simple, all-in-one solution for sharing that content.”

Built on the award-winning designs of Optoma’s Pico projectors and incorporating the latest audio and amplifier technologies, the Neo-i offers consumers an elegant, innovative product with a unique set of qualities and features. Sporting a modern, graceful design that blends easily into any environment, the Neo-i combines a 50 ANSI Lumen Pico projector delivering an image of up to 120” in native WVGA (854 X 480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format, with a full-bodied 16-watt stereo system that employs a bass reflex design within the 2-speaker system that increases the effective displacement of air, resulting in a louder, fuller sound with greater frequency range. The effective dynamic range of the audio was also increased using unique digital signal processing techniques, resulting in a listener perception of greater bass and dynamic range. And because The Neo-i also incorporates Class D amplifiers for maximum efficiency, it can be also be run using an optional battery pack.

Utilizing Apple’s® patented 30-pin connector, the docking station accommodates all iPod, iPhone® and iTouch® devices. Users will have three options for accessing and controlling their media selections: From the control interface of the iPod/iPhone device; the included IR remote control; or through the backlit control panel on the Neo-i, itself. Metadata, such as song and video titles and artist names, can be displayed by the projector to make playback management easier. And the Neo-i also charges the iPod/iPhone while docked in the unit.

The Neo-i also incorporates A/V inputs for external devices that expand its usability beyond the iPod or iPhone. HDMI and VGA ports allow connection to laptops, Blu-ray players, and Apple TV. In addition, an optional accessory kit provides connectivity to the iPad.

While not categorized as a portable device, the Neo-i’s small size (12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”) and light weight (less than 2.5 lbs) make it easily transportable. And its low operating temperature and instant on/off feature enhance its portability. Additional product details and specifications are available at www.optomausa.com.

Complete Neo-i Specs

General

Native Resolution: 854 X 480 (16:9)
Panel: 0.3” WVGA DLP
Brightness: 50 lumens Bright mode
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Uniformity: 60% (JBMA Standard)
LED / Life: RGB LED, >20,000hrs
Dimensions: 12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”
Weight: < 2.5 lbs

Lens & Throw Distance

Image Size: 5”~120” (16:9 native)
Projection Lens: Fixed Focus Lens, F/1.8
Throw Ratio: 1.8
Off-set: 100%

Compatibility

Video/Audio In: 2.5 mm A/V jack, Composite
VGA CNNT: PC in (WXGA max)
HDMI in: HDMI 1.3 (1080i 60)
Audio Out: 3.5 mm audio out jack
Speaker: 8W x 2

IO Terminals

Sockets (iPod Dock, VGA, A/V Jack, Audio Out, HDMI, DC Jack)

[Optoma USA]

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