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TI's pico-projector assembly promises to place mobile movie magic at your fingertips.
Downloading video onto a mobile phone could take on a whole new meaning with these pint-sized projectors.

Ask people why they don't watch video on their mobile phones and most will cite the small screen size as a major drawback. Texas Instruments hopes to solve the problem by letting mobile users project images from their wireless device onto a screen or a handy wall.

Making good on promises the chipmaker made earlier this year, TI used the CTIA Wireless 2007 show this week in Orlando to publicly demo its "pico-projector" prototype for the first time. A tiny version of its DLP image projection technology, the pico-projector is small enough to fit inside a cell phone. The device builds on TI's existing efforts in mobile projection technology, culminating in the 2006 introduction of DLP-based pocket projectors from Mitsubishi, Samsung, and Toshiba.

"Over the next few years, we envision a large opportunity for the convergence of projection technology and mobile devices, like cell phones," TI's Worldwide Strategic Marketing and Business Development Manager for DLP Front Projection Frank Moizio, said in a prepared statement.

Unlike existing DLP-based pocket projectors, which rely on an LED light source, CNET reports that the pico-projector device incorporates three lasers, along with a DLP chip and a power supply. Housed in a nonfunctioning cell phone for this demonstration, the projector itself measures about 1.5 inches in length. TI officials claim the device provides DVD-quality video, and the projection technology allows an effective screen size that far surpasses even the largest cell phone displays.

A variety of mobile devices could ultimately incorporate cell-sized projectors, including digital cameras and camcorders, as well as portable video players. TI has not announced availability or pricing for the pico-projector.

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Now then...
By exdeath on 3/27/2007 11:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
All we need is some kind of free space mid air projection technology that doesn't require particulate matter and a mid air virtual laser projection keyboard type display...

I want something like Shion's connection gear from Xenosaga :)

RE: Now then...
By alienbibin on 3/27/2007 11:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! Where do we go to find a wall to project wen u r in a city bus!!! A holographic projection system which can project to thin air should be developed.

RE: Now then...
By spartan014 on 3/28/2007 12:03:11 AM , Rating: 2

Imagine everybody using their personal holographic projectors out in the open.. That would be a mess.

I would rather have something like the visor from MI2. Without the 5 second self destruction fuse of course!!!!!!

RE: Now then...
By UsernameX on 3/28/2007 1:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
Imagine everybody using their personal holographic projectors out in the open.. That would be a mess.

At this point in time when personal holographic displays are available; I'm sure there would be an easy way to filter unwanted holo projections. Webroot would be one of the first to jump on that if it isn't bought out before then.

RE: Now then...
By alienbibin on 3/28/2007 7:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
If u dont mind projecting to the wall(as the present situation is), then why not project to thin air!!!

RE: Now then...
By das mod on 3/28/2007 11:24:37 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Now then...
By thecoolnessrune on 3/29/2007 8:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
Who would have thought that search would work here given the condition of its parent site :P

battery killer
By omyg0t on 3/28/2007 6:07:30 AM , Rating: 5
imagine how much time the battery would hold the projected images... don't even think about holographics in mid air... there are still size issues, not to mention that you don't often see holographic devices these days (at least i don't).

the battery sector needs major improvements ... recently there was this topic about the sugar run batteries that could run from 3 to 4 times longer than lithium ion batteries...only time will tell.

imo i really don't see the need for al these video improvements to a cellular, after all the cellular's original concept was to "talk" with a portable phone you could always have with you....just my 2 cents though.

RE: battery killer
By alienbibin on 3/28/2007 7:43:42 AM , Rating: 2
Things like batterylife and all will improve over time. As we all step into the future, what we need the most is information and its availability. For this a personal assistant is the best solution. This is why everything converges to the tiny handheld device that we call as a phone. Its called as a phone only because every new feature was added to our old plain phone! Now its not just a phone its the smartphone! So smartphones get smarter and smarter over time and in the future we will have one device that could do everything (ofcourse it maynot be able to make coffee for us).

projection mid air
By exdeath on 3/29/2007 12:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously nobody responding to my first post has played Xenosaga...

The projection would basically two diff planes extending no more than a foot from the device, one for a screen and one for a virtual keyboard.

And I said no particulate matter or infinite projection. With advances in quantum mechanics I'm sure we will eventually stumble on some neat way to do mid air projection that just looks like a 15" translucent screen floating out a few inches from your hand held device, and another plane with a virtual keyboard projection and touch screen.

I imagine it will have something to do with intersecting some kind of charged beams or waves/fields such that their intersected streams emits a photon out of the stream perpendicular to the intersection, such that you see the source of the light coming from the intersection point. Just steer the beams and you have a raster display emitting photons toward your eye from thin air without the photon having been reflected off any solid matter first. Say there was a way to bind a charge to a photon you could just emit a serial stream of 'charged light' at diff wavelengths for RGB colors and use a magnetic field to steer the stream into a coherent raster display.

I know I'm just making up crazy stuff, but quantum mechanics in and of itself is crazy so I imagine we will come up with something like that some day.

RE: projection mid air
By alienbibin on 3/29/2007 12:55:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the explanation. And the stuff is not crazy...that must be possible eventually. Lets hope for the best and hope they make it soon so that we could get our hands on such a device.

LED projectors
By feelingshorter on 3/28/2007 1:53:53 AM , Rating: 2
TI, makes all sorts of things. Whats interesting is that they used lasers instead of LED and I wonder how it turns out. I currently have a Mitsubishi PK20 (pocket projector that fits in the palm if your hand) that uses LED. The image produced has horrible brightness and contrast. If these lasers work better, then they should soon replace the pocket projectors that uses LED.

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