pico Stories May 2, 2012

PoP Video turns your iPhone into a $99 pico projector

Not quite ready for the awesome Epson Megaplex iOS projector? Available for preorder right now, the PoP Video project from Micron Technology is a $99 pico projector with built-in 30-pin dock connector for your iPhone or iPod. The device works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and third-generation and fourth-generation iPod touch, while providing two hours of playback at 960 x 540 pixel resolution. It comes with the following specs:

Size and Weight

(refer to the scale drawings of the PoP Video to the right)

Input and Output

  • Input: 30-pin dock connector
  • Video Output: qHD (960 x 540 pixel resolution)

Power and Battery

  • Battery: Built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Playtime: Up to two hours with full battery charge
  • Charging: Micro-USB charging (1.2 compliant)
  • Charge time: Fast charge in about 4 hours

Package Contents

  • PoP Video
  • User manual
  • USB charging cable

pico Stories August 11, 2011

There certainly isn’t a shortage of Apple patents being published today (probably more fuel for a legal battle a year from now). We just told you about a new Map related (Placebase acquisition) patent, and now Patently Apple reports Apple has been granted a patent that will allow them to integrate tiny projectors into future mobile devices.

This latest patent describes, in rather clear detail, exactly how Apple could integrate projectors into iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. It even suggests Apple cameras will be able to detect gestures and “shadows and/or silhouettes” (Kinect-style iOS games anyone?).

The patent also describes what Apple calls a “shared projected workspace”. This appears to essentially be the ability for users to share content with one another over two projected displays. For example, if I were to project an image from one iOS device, and you from another, we could then share content (via gestures?) between both displays. The patent explains: expand full story

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