Today at the iPads for Learning Conference in Olathe, Kansas, Steve Pillow showed off the CooLux LED DLP Projector. Here are the stats which got my attention:

  • $500
  • Has HDMI and VGA connections
  • LED powered so bulb should last 10 years (yes that’s not a typo: TEN years!)
  • Can run on electricity continually or about an hour on the internal battery
  • Built-in speaker, but also has connection for external 1/8″ audio speakers

CooLux DLP Projector

Biggest disadvantage at this point: These are not for sale individually online, apparently, you have to go through a retailer.

Having eyed the Pico Projector since 2008, a small projector like this sounds very appealing. Hopefully we’ll see projectors with even lower price points, and equivalent functions, showing up on Amazon and in Brookstone soon. Brookstone’s “Compact 85-Lumen Pocket Projector” is appealing but not as feature-packed and powerful as the CooLux LED DLP Projector.

Steve showed off the WiPad Pro using the projector today, which is a $400 ($300 with edu discount) RF wireless mirroring solution for the iPad. It does not require Bonjour networking to be turned on, which is a sticking point with some network admins. It’s pricey as iPad mirroring options go but good to know about. See the wonderful comparative table on Tony Vincent’s post, “Mirror iPad, iPhone, iPod to Your Screen for Free,” for more iPad mirroring options.

Follow the iPads for Learning Conference today in Olathe with the Twitter hashtag, #ipadsforlearning. It is presented by ESSDACK.

I’ll be presenting a 3 day iPad Media Camp this summer in both Oklahoma City (June 10-12) and Manhattan, Kansas (July 9-11). PDF flyers about iPad Media Camp are available, please share it with other educators you know who might be interested!

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2 Responses to The Portable $500 LED Projector I Want

  1. […] Wesley Fryer attended the iPads for Learning Conference in Olathe this weekend. There, Steve Pillow showed off the new CooLux LED DLP Projector. This projector is available for $500, has HDMI and VGA hookups, and has a 10 years LED bulb. That is nearly unheard of in projectors like these. Growing up projectors were continually being installed in classrooms until the day I graduated. All of these projectors had problems with bulbs that had short life-spans. For whatever reason, we never seemed to have access to extra bulbs. You can imagine the inconvenience of having a lesson based around a projector, and your resource goes. The battery life and portability of these projectors all interest me greatly. […]

  2. dbgeezer says:

    At 600 ANSI Lumens, I imagine that the room has to be quite dark in order to see the projection.

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