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Have projector, will travel

A Wedge Technologies laptop has an LCD screen that becomes an overhead projection panel for presentations.

Wedge Technologies has a solution for business travelers tired of carrying both a laptop and projector to presentations: a laptop with an LCD screen that converts into an overhead projection panel for presentations.

The showBIZ-9000 is positioned as a multimedia presentation system and offers many of the features of high-end laptops in addition to its unique screen.

The laptop uses a 200-MHz MMX Pentium from Intel and features MPEG-based full-motion video playback. It also connects to a TV, for presentations on large televisions and projection systems. Also included is an 11X CD-ROM drive, Sound Blaster-compatible audio, a built-in microphone, and speakers.

The LCD screen itself is a 12.1-inch active-matrix display with 800-by-600 pixel resolution, capable of displaying 16.8 million colors. When in use as an overhead projection panel, a fan is connected to the LCD panel to dissipate heat from the projector's lamp.

The notebook comes with an infrared remote control unit for use during presentations and a stand for support on an overhead projector.

Pricing on the showBIZ-9000 starts at $3,700. The system is being sold direct by Wedge and through resellers.