Wednesday Morning – What's That In Your Pocket?
The Land of Technological Advances is still working full speed ahead, and I'm having fun watching them. Today's topic is pocket devices that used to need a shelf.
Six months ago I went to the cellphone store to get a new "smartphone" and while there I checked into the latest devices for internet access for my laptop, etc. A few years back I added the plan that gives me access to the web through the wireless phone network to have as a backup in case my regular internet server goes down (or electricity goes off). I need that service to maintain this website so that I don't disappear from the scene.
Also, it allows me to live-blog from remote places like the Firehouse Expo which is coming up this July. Since I have had the service, it has been a device that plugs into a USB port of the laptop (or any computer) and connects me with the web. It was these devices that made it possible for Dave Statter and I to be the first people to live-blog from the Expo back in 2008.
Back to my vist to the store 6 months ago, I learn that the latest and greatest device that handles this task is a miniature version of a wi-fi hotspot. It sits there on its own without any hardwire connection to the computer or phone network. Just like when you are at a hotel or web-friendly restaurant, any computer can log onto the network with the proper password and plink away.
And since the gadget is smaller than a credit card wallet, you can just drop it in your pocket where it's secure. And there's a bonus feature: It allows up to five computers to log on and use it simultaneously. Verizon sells one that will accept 10 users, but I will never have use for that, so I opted for the cheaper version.
All this is just to lead us up to what brought this subject up in the first place. I recently saw a listing for a "pocket projector" that can be connected to a smartphone, video cam, or any computer device that has an HDMI connection. (It comes with an adaptor for the smartphone.)
It projects the image at 85 lumens and will easily show a 60" diagonal image on the wall or screen (sheet?), whatever you use. These newer smartphones now can store hundreds of photos on their memory cards, so you can just drop one of these into your bag and are prepared to bore anybody anywhere with your pics on the wall.
It's called a "pocket" projector, but you really need baggy pockets to qualify. But it's a descriptive term that gets the point across that this is a tiny device. I read through some of the customer reviews for this particular brand and model, and they were all thorough and highly praised the gadget. Right now it's selling for $300, but I expect that price to creep down as the competitors start upgrading their products to match the quality and features of this one.
CLICK HERE to read more about this nifty gadget. If you already have use for a display device for sales or training presentations, this is probably just what you need. What a great training aid, eh? The BC, or training officer, can snap some pics with his phone at the emergency scene. And then as soon as you get the equipment back in service, you can immediately have a slide show to accompany your post-incident critique.
What we all need now is to get this equipment checked out, so let's get started. The Bunn-O-Matic ain't wireless, but it's still the best, so I'll get another pot started. See you back in the day room.
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