ViewSonic today announced the world's first High Definition, fully-featured, multifunction, Made for iPod front projector.

The PJ258D lets iPod owners project video assets stored on their media player, opening up possibilities for using the device for conferences, seminars and business meetings.

"Studies have shown that iPod users are three times as likely to download video clips, movies and webcasts to their computers, making the PJ258D perfect for sharing personal media content," ViewSonic explains in a press release.

The new projector is designed to reflect the iPod's design and weighs just four pounds. It houses an iPod dock (which also charges the media player) and also offers multiple connectivity options, including S-Video and VGA.

"Advances in digital technology have produced a new generation of consumers who want their information and entertainment to be as instant, as mobile and as real as they are," said Jeff Volpe, vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas.

The projector uses digital processing technologies from Texas Instruments. It offers resolution of 1,024 x 768 XGA, 2,000 lumens of brightness and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio.

The PJ258D will be available in the US in the first quarter of 2007 and is set to cost $999. The UK price hasn't yet been announced.