Mobile projectors, mini beamers, pico projectors or however you want to call them, are no longer science fiction. After being teased in the first half of last decade, manufacturers tried to make a push for the technology by embedding it into various consumer electronics products, such as the original Samsung Galaxy Beam – which was released in 2010. Since then, Pico has made it to even more devices. You can now see it on digital cameras, camcorders, smartphone cases, laptops, and more.
Android Authority’s own Darcy LaCouvee talked to Frank J. Moizio, Business Manager of DLP Pico Projection, about the latest in mobile projection technology and what the future holds.
The interview will open your eyes – as it did ours – of how far the compact projection technology has evolved since its early inception. Moizio explains how DLP Pico was able to “compress” the same projector technology that’s used in most modern cinemas in the world to a chip that’s no bigger than a penny in size.
It wouldn’t be complete to tout the power of such tiny chip without a full demonstration of how it can be utilized for gaming, business purposes and others. Thankfully, Moizio had with him the revamped Samsung Galaxy Beam, which came out earlier this year, to showcase the technology at its current best. He also showcased a case for the iPhone that brings along some mobile projection power for the device, which will hopefully be ported over for others.
Things will only get better (and smaller) in the future. To illustrate, you need only look at the first Galaxy Beam and the follow up model, which is noticeable thinner and lighter – though it packs better projection power in terms of its brightness.
Check the video out for the full interview and presentation: