Why I Believe Projectors Could Be the Next Big Thing in Mobile

Why I Believe Projectors Could Be the Next Big Thing in MobileProjectors today are very different from the ones with which we grew up. You can still find the larger projectors out there, but a new class of them are being developed that are small enough to fit in your pocket. Not only that, but some mobile phones (including the Samsung Galaxy Beam) have a projector built right in.

I personally see this as an area of potential for the mobile market. Not only could bright and vivid projection images improve the media consumption experience of the user, but imagine what being able to walk into a meeting and give a multimedia presentation on the fly with little more than a mobile phone could do.

Why Projectors Would Change Mobile Computing

Tablet computers are quickly being embraced as a potential form factor for the desktop computer of the future. Currently, Microsoft has developed the Surface to meet this criteria, complete with an HDMI out port for connecting to a larger screen such as a TV or monitor. Imagine having a tablet (like the Surface) with its own big-screen display by way of a projector. You could take it virtually anywhere and use it for large presentations or small-screen gaming.

On the phone side, I could imagine many ways integrated projection technology could come in handy. Imagine taking a photo of someone and being able to show it to them without everyone having to huddle (or pass) around a small screen. Nothing puts me off more than handing my phone over to someone.

Imagine an impromptu pitch meeting between the head of a new startup and a potential investor. You have minutes to make a lasting impression and your material may be available only on your phone. Do you hand your phone over and have that awkward conversation, or do you fire up a projection beam and throw your content on a nearby wall? To me, the latter seems much more appealing.

Challenges

The challenges of projection technology are plentiful. Focus is easy to achieve through laser projection, but brightness is a big problem with portable units. You don’t get the same vivid white color on a small projector as you would on a larger unit. There are advances being made in LED and other smaller lighting technologies that may counteract this, but for now, it remains a bit of a challenge.

Battery life is also an ongoing issue. Unless you have something that is incredibly efficient, you’ll run your battery down faster than you’d like. Heat is also a problem with most projection technologies, and finding a cold light source that is both bright and doesn’t heat up your device is a challenge.

Final Thoughts

Portable digital projectors are an incredible technology. I personally can’t wait to see where the industry is headed next. It’s my own opinion that this technology will find its way into mobile devices such as phones and tablets, and eventually it’ll work well enough to put the current big projection units to shame. I’m on board with the idea that, in 10 years, a tablet computer may well replace the desktop tower of today. All you would need is a wall on which to throw a larger image and a keyboard to get up and running.

That’s my image of the future. What’s do you think the world of mobile technology will look like in 10 years?

Image: Samsung

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Patrick Antonio

    Agreed 100%. And moreover,
    I hooked a high school up with internet. In one classroom they had a full sized projector projecting the screen of the classroom computer. The projected image of the screen was able to be operated just like a touchscreen; I was clicking-through and typing on the projected image on the wall.
    Piece together the exponentially miniaturizing and improving projection technology with touch-screen full-sized projector… this will result in your smart phone projecting your screen-image onto a wall or the back of a car seat; and your operating it in the same exact fashion we operate a tablet’s glass-top image.
    This is not speculative technology. The two ingredients exist today, i.e. 1) the Samsung Galaxy Beam (which Ryan mention above in his article) and the 2) projector in the highschool I got to play with.
    Solving the problem of having to have a screen (and! a keyboard – projected screen technology also already exists) will solve many problems, add many conveniences and will be status quo within 7 years I bet.

  • http://twitter.com/Makavelli_Jrw Mr.InTernaTionaL

    I know that I am late but I wanted to give my thought on it. I don’t know how this be the future when this has been done already with no success with the Samsung Pico Phone.

    Now I am saying that it cannot be done now since times are definite different than the past. You have to way in Microsoft Smartglass, Apple Airplay, and Google Miraplay when it would come to projectors as such. Just my two cents..