Optoma Handheld Projector for Mobile Devices
by Mark R
The other day we reported on a possible mini-projector for the iPhone. I just found out that a company called Optoma has just introduced the first Pico projector based on the DLP (Digital Light Processing) Pico chipset. This projector isn’t just for the iPhone or that snazzy iPhone 3G, but it is designed for any mobile device including iPods, PDAs, smart phones, and digital cameras.
According to the company, this is a “world’s first”, and will allow users to share photos and videos with a projected image that is 100 times bigger than that of their normal screen. Best of all, this projector is small enough to fit in a user’s shirt pocket.
Optoma likes to think that they have reached a “new benchmark for sharing content on the go”, and I can’t help but agree with them. I always knew that the perfection of this technology would change just about everything. I guess it won’t be long before I pass a group of teenagers projecting their photos on a wall instead of passing their mobile devices around.
This Pico Handheld Projector is on display at Texas Instrument’s InfoComm in the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. Optoma’s product is prepared for a limited distribution in Europe and Asia in late 2008, with a worldwide launch in 2009.