Check this out*:
That's right. A data projector that fits in your (shirt, not coat) pocket and connects to an iPod. Cool.
Now back when I was a little presenter growing up on the prairie, it took two men and a boy to carry the equipment needed for data projection. I remember humping:
My trusty MacClassic, B&W, with added video-out pigtail which connected to...
an LCD projection panel to be placed on...
an overhead projector, better when bright and portable. The room still needed to be pretty dark and image wasn't much sharper than the presenter, but there was still quite a WOW factor for the time.
I honestly believe I got my tech director job back in 1991 because I impressed the hiring committee with my really cuttin' edge HyperCard resume that I projected with a set up just like this. Sort of a proto-geek.
Speaking of equipment, the best backhanded compliment I ever received was from a very nice lady who gushed, "Just watching you set up the equipment was the best part of your presentation!"
Hard not to get a big head.
Off to the School Library Journal Summit in Fort Lauderdale where all the problems of the world I am sure will be solved. Cathy Nelson promises to stream some of the programs. My (literal) 15 minutes of fame will be "7 Audacious Statements about Fair Use and Copyright" as part of a panel.
Warm weather and old friends. Could be worse.
*Thanks to Tim's Assorted Stuff blog for this link.