New Epson Widescreen Projector for Home Use

The Epson PowerLite Home 10 projector, priced at $1300 (£820), is designed to appeal to home users by getting the best out of widescreen DVDs and HDTVs. It has a native resolution of 854 x 480, and can switch aspect ratios as necessary.

Previous “budget” projectors have suffered from washed out colours (think how your PowerPoint slides can appear in presentations sometimes) but the newly designed 3-LCD elements that make up the projection technology have a reported contrast ratio of 700:1. These 0.5 inch LCDs were seen earlier in the year in Epson’s EMP-S1 business projector.

Epson are really going after the home market with the new PowerLite – the casing is styled to look good in a domestic setting, and it’s designed to sit easily on your coffee table without all that fiddling with getting the feet at the right angle by propping your annual report under them.

If you’re lucky enough to have a 25 foot living room, you can enjoy a 300 inch picture whilst watching Legally Blonde.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?