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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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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).

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