January 06, 2009 by Rachel Cericola
It’s hard to believe it, but the same people that brought us those creepy, cuddly talking cub dolls are planning to market a projector line.
Don’t expect the tech to be packed into an animal carcass. WowWee means business with its Cinemin suite, and they are calling on Texas Instruments to give them the muscle to deliver.
The announcement states, “With WowWee’s Cinemin suite of projectors, a café becomes a boardroom, a camping tent becomes a theater, and Grandma’s curtains become a life-size digital picture frame.”
No offense to granny, but if curtains can sub as a screen, this probably isn’t top-of-the-line stuff. Still, they could snag some backyard theater enthusiasts, with compact enclosures and prices ranging from $299 to $399. Three products will fill out the Cinemin line:
The Cinemin Swivel pico projector ($299) is the size of a candy bar, and promises three hours of movie-watching via a built-in battery.
The Cinemin Stick pico projector ($349) includes 4GB of internal memory and an expandable SD card memory slot.
Last, but not least, the Cinemin Station pico projector ($399) is the size of an alarm clock, designed to deliver images from an iPod—and has the dock to prove it.
The Swivel is expected in June, with the others coming by the end of 2009. Take a peek at all of the products in our slideshow.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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