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iPhone as Projector: Should Apple Pass or Adopt This New Technology?

A recent article in Conde Nast Portfolio talks about a new technology that is about to hit the mobile device market. Microvision, a company in Redmond, Washington is developing a tiny laser that will allow mobile devices like phones and MP3 players to project video content from the device. This laser is powerful enough to project video on a wall the size of a 60” television screen.

Apparently, Motorola has already inked a deal with Microvision to bring it to a phone and the company is also preparing to launch a compact projector that will be able to plug into a video iPod or other phone.

On Tuesday, I wrote about the benefits of Apple developing a mobile version of Keynote and how it could help Apple’s penetration in business markets. The ability to then project the presentation from the phone itself could put the iPhone in a very lucrative position for business users.

Home use of a projector-enabled iPhone has tons of potential too. You now have a portable theatre system everywhere you take your phone (which is basiclaly everywhere).

Do you think Apple should push for this type of technology in the iPhone or do you think this is better served as a standalone accessory?


At August 31, 2007 at 12:43 PM digitaldoofus said...

Welcome back Ben! Keep Kickin' Butts & Takin' Numbers!!

At August 31, 2007 at 1:23 PM William said...

Definitely should be built in. But there should be a dual mode – a retinal projection so a person can view privately if desired, and a projection mode to share with others.

At August 31, 2007 at 1:53 PM Anonymous said...

Although the projector in a phone thing would be neat, it doesn't really thrill my inner geek. It's all about the color eyewear. That is what I am waiting for.

At August 31, 2007 at 5:45 PM Anonymous said...

The stand alone accessory projector is the logical first PicoP consumer product. Compact form and highly portable,the stand alone will be a welcomed accessory for a multitude of applications and users. Executives making presentations, employee training, general office and home PC accessory, gamers and I think most significantly, projected signage units for retail/industrial and general signage applications. .

At August 31, 2007 at 6:38 PM Anonymous said...

The iPhone is already pretty expensive. How much would the iPhone be with an embedded projector? Apple would be smart to add a port which enables the connection of a PicoP to the iPhone. I assume a PicoP standalone projector will be more powerful than the embedded projector.

At September 1, 2007 at 8:04 AM Len said...

"Apparently, Motorola has already inked a deal with Microvision to bring it to a phone and the company is also preparing to launch a compact projector that will be able to plug into a video iPod or other phone."

Who is "the company" Motorola or Microvision?

At September 2, 2007 at 8:10 AM croat said...

Both. That way every1's happy: the ones that have money 4 the iPhone and those that don't(me included). Just as long as the PicoP doesn't cost too much :)

And a question:
I'm a bit worried by the power/energy consuption of MVIS projectors; is embedding it in a mobile phone really a good move? Today's cell phones already have significant consumption due to accesories(camera, speakers...) and frequent use.

At September 3, 2007 at 7:45 AM Seth said...

It would be great. Both from a product standpoint and for me as an investor. :D

But they would need to add another part, or a 3rd party would do too.

You would need a bluetooth thumbboard or 'mouse' to control the thing.

A picop in a phone would be fine controlled by the phone since the intended application is pictures or short videos.

But to control an iPhone would require moving it which would obviously move the image.

And an iPhone with a pico can now be a basic full-on computer. Browse the internet in a wxga image. But you will need a separate keyboard/mouse to control it.


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