Canon New Compact Projector Doesn't Need a Phone or Computer

Canon is getting into the mini projector game with its newly announced M-i1 projector. What sets this mini projector apart from other mini projectors is that you don't need a computer or phone to use it. You can pre-load your content on the embedded memory or use a USB drive to project right off a flash source. You just have to press a giant button to get it started. Simple.

Here are some pictures from Canon illustrating how they feel it could be used.

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What a great use for the product. Say you're standing around the construction site, it's dark, and you need to make sure everyone is on the same page as to what's happening, so, you throw the plans on the wall and everyone can not only see them, but you can walk them through what's happening at the same time. Perfect outside the box thinking that makes good use of a mini projector.

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Look, another great use! Say you're traveling for business and you have a meeting with potential clients in a room that doesn't have a monitor and you don't want people to crowd around your laptop for fear of them seeing all your bookmarks for gambling websites. This is perfectly discreet, just keep the presentation pre-loaded and there's no way to show them the wrong file.

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This one, however, makes no sense. Who made this fake picture up? On the right, you have people doing a photo shoot of a man, on the left you have people live streaming that same photo shoot to a phone or device and projecting it out the M-i1 onto the pavement... in the middle of the street. That's how Canon wants us to use this device? Stand in the middle of a street in Tokyo and conduct business like it ain't no thang and project an image onto the ground in broad daylight? I'm seriously doubting the strength of the bulb on this, not to mention the safety factors of using it in the middle of the road.

According to an article by Nikkei Technology here is the whole shebang on the Canon M-i1:

Canon Marketing Japan Inc will release the "Mini Projector M-i1," which can project video without using a personal computer, Sept 7, 2017.
The company expects that the projector will be used for making a presentation outside, having a conference in open space, projecting images at a construction site, etc.
The projector can project video by reading out data stored in the embedded memory or a USB memory stick by operating the touch pad. With a built-in battery, it can be used for up to two hours, and it can be used as a mobile battery for charging a smartphone, etc.
When the projector is connected to a smartphone, tablet computer, personal computer, etc via wireless LAN or Bluetooth, video from each device can be wirelessly projected. It uses Android OS and supports various applications such as web browsers.
The main unit measures 105 x 105 x 22mm and weighs 235g. Its projection range is from 0.5m (equivalent to a 14-inch screen) to 3m (84-inch screen), and its brightness is 701lm. It uses an LED light source with a service life of about 10,000 hours. There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, but it will be sold at ¥29,800 (approx US$273, excluding tax) at Canon Online Shop.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and block the main street in your hometown to watch something that's happening five feet away from you. It's the way of the future.