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More Trouble for the Theater Industry

CNet has a full article about a new upcoming threat to the movie theater industry. The new competitor: the LED enabled cellphone. Granted, it's still a few years off, but it's still going to be a threat.

The new technology utilizes a new generation of LED that seem to build on the principles of lasers to concentrate light in small delivery areas. This is a technology called "photon vacuum." The resulting prototype is about the size of a matchbook. Speculation abounds that the technology could be placed in cell phones, Mp3 players, and other small devices. Couple that with huge storage capacities and you have a movie projector in your pocket.

No matter how good the experience is on the cell projector, it's not going to directly compete with the theater industry. However, it's just one more alternative in the list of experiences that are chipping away from the theater industry's once firmly held monopoly. I can just see the combination of SMS swarming, and the new cellphone projector resulting in random film screenings against the sides of buildings. Or immersive ad-hoc three dimentional films. The future is going to be cool... and arty. --Terrence Ryan


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