Optoma has launched a new projector that is built into an iPod/iPhone docking station, allowing the sharing of pictures and presentations stored on the devices.

The Neo-i table-top docking station features a built-in projector that offers capabilities and viewing qualities that are a significant step up from the average pico projector.

The release of the device to the general public has been delayed from an initial launch date of mid-December 2010 to an as-yet undetermined date - but developer at Optoma claim that it will be worth the wait.

The projector offers 50 ANSI lumens of brightness, using DLP technology, providing WVGA (854x480 pixels) resolution in 16:9 format. Its bulb life is rated as up to as much as 20,000 hours. The station also incorporates a 'full-bodied' 16-watt stereo system that offers better sound quality than conventional pico projectors and allows for high quality sound when just listening music.

When connected to an iPod or iPhone, the Neo-i can be controlled from the iPod itself, via a remote control or on the station's own backlit control panel.

The projector has HDMI (1.3) and VGA ports that allow for connection to computers, Blu-ray players, and other digital media boxes such as Apple TV or the Roku Player.