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Optoma Unveils Industry's First iPod Sound Dock With Built in Pico Projector

Neo-i Gives Plug ‘n’ Play AV Compatibility to Portable Media Players

FREMONT, Calif. | Nov.1, 2010 | Optoma, 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 built-in a 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.