This area I think could be the most interesting future development with the Pico projectors, it could turn your Smartphone into a 20″ Tablet, by projecting an interactive wall onto any table combined with some kind of gesture recognition (that it detects precisely where you touch the table). No prototypes are shown yet, I think Texas Instruments and their partners should make it a priority to demonstrate that this can be made to work to make this into a leading differentiating hardware feature of future smart phones.
Picasa, YouTube and now also Google Art Project, all cloud services that are ready for Quad HD and beyond!
The usage scenario is something like this, have a slideshow of your favorite art from around the world displayed in Quad HD resolution in your living room sub-$1000 46″ Quad-HDTV.
Anyone with a 3megapixel photo camera or higher creates photo content suitable to be viewed on a Quad HD screen.
Anyone filming with upcoming RED cameras or other consumer camcorders to come that record 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K or more, all those deserve to be seen on Quad HD screen, and can be streamed from YouTube even!
Screen and Projector industry, please take this advice: Give up on 3D as soon as possible and make us some Quad-HD, 4K2K screens and projectors at the same cost as 3D!!! All it takes is a new faster processor to process the higher resolution!
Here are some of the Quad HD screens I saw at conferences during the past few years, every time I see content on a Quad HD screen, I am blown away:
JVC 4K2K Camcorder and TV at CES 2011
Samsung 3840x2160p 82″ LCD HDTV at CeBIT 2008
JVC 4K2K HDTV and Projector at IFA 2008
- JVC KY-F4000 – JVC shows new 4k and 8k cameras. (frankglencairn.wordpress.com)
- World’s greatest art galleries now on Google Street View (telegraph.co.uk)
This is a pocket HD camcorder with a built-in qvga projector, it’s on the market for about $299. Find more informations here.
This camera has a built-in nHD projector from Texas Instruments that projects a 640×360 image right from the camcorder.
In the future, every camera, every phone, everything will integrate built-in projectors. Basically to make a big screen on any wall or table out of any pocketable device. It uses the new nHD pico projector technology by Texas Instruments at 640×360 resolution and around 15 lumen output.
Check this out cause it’s actually awesome. This is a concept device, integrating a Texas Instruments OMAP3530 processor platform running Android, WiFi, Bluetooth, into a lamp that takes power from any lamp. It’s a lamp, but it projects Android and apps to the wall, any video. Find more information about Seco at http://seco.it
Aiptek is releasing this DLP powered 50-lumen pocket projector.
A good looking, perfectly pocketable, digital camcorder combined with a projector that will cost between 220 and 250 US$.
A tablet unlike all the others! Made by a DigiLife, a producer of professional vga camcorders, it adds a built-in vga projector to a 10″ capacitive touchscreen.
Processor: Samsung Cortex A8
Target price: less than 200 US$ !!
ARM talks to Robert Tolbert, Director of Product Management at Texas Instruments at Mobile World Congress about their latest OMAP 4 platform showcasing multiple display capabilities.
You can also see my video interview and product showcase that I filmed at MWC at: http://184.108.40.206/2010/02/16/texas-instruments-omap4-demonstrations/
This video was released at ARM’s official Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ARMflix
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The nHD is the next generation of Texas Instruments Pico Projector DLP solutions, this time even more compact, uses lower power, will be available for an even lower cost than the current DLP based Pico Projector solutions. This will enable manufacturers of Smart Phones, of Portable Video Players, of Netbooks, Tablets and more such devices to integrate an amazing projector right into the devices without adding too much weight and cost to the devices. This next generation nHD chip will start to be manufactured by Texas Instruments in the next few months and could soon after be integrated in one of your next devices. The first batches take up less than half the volume and power consumption compared to previous Pico Projector generations, may “only” project a 640×360 image with low lumen output to save battery runtime, but Texas Instruments definitely says they could upgrade those to HD resolutions and improve the brightness of the output all the while consume less battery power.
Here’s probably one of the first 720p camcorders with a built-in projector. With this you can take some cool videos and project them directly on any white wall to show friends and family, pretty cool.
Aiptek is showing the latest generation of their pico projectors. You can see my popular video of their previous generation of pico projectors that I filmed at IFA 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-BkGQ2YGI
An amazing Super AMOLED screen by Samsung and also an amazing built-in DLP Pico Projector in this amazing Android smartphone to be released pretty soon. Awesome.
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- Samsung Beam (Halo) Android projector phone hands-on (engadget.com)
Guangzhou Darling Industrial Co.,Ltd. presents the Darling VGA pico-projector with a built-in Windows CE, USB host to connect a keyboard and a mouse. But there is a built-in mouse and mouse boutons right onto the device.
Nikon coolpix 1000pj shown at IFA 2009, it has got a built-in projector!
The 1080p projectors are getting really affordable. This one has 2000 ANSI lumen, 40’000 contrast ratio, HDMI and Component input (of course).
Review showing this very compact and light 3LED projector, one of the first in the world with built-in USB host functionality to playback DivX mpeg4 files from a USB flash memory or from a FAT32 formatted hard drive. It has great colors and performs great for its size. Having a built-in USB reader means you can play movies on it directly without the need to use a computer or a video player device to playback the video formats. Yet the BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector does not yet support Mp3 audio nor AC3 audio in DivX/XviD Mpeg4 files, thus audio contents has to be re-encoded mostly thus far to the PCM or the AAC format. BenQ can update the firmware so I will update this description if I hear any confirmation by them that they are adding Mp3 audio support on it.
These type of super compact 3LED projectors are getting cheap enough, bright enough, sharp enough, with very nice colors and easy to use enough so I think that it may become a very popular product.