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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

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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