RUMOUR: Mirco projectors coming to smartphones soon?


According to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Foxlink – a subsidiary of Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn – is developing micro-projectors that will be integrated into smartphones, including the iPhone, in the near future.

They claim they have inside information that suggests that partners including Nokia, Samsung and Apple all plan to launch handsets with built-in micro projectors by the end of this year.

Micro-projectors would mean that a smartphones visual content such as photos and video are not confined to the small screen on the handset and can be projected onto any flat, light surface.

It’s an exciting prospect although there will be many annoyed Apple-fans out there if their iPhone 3GSs become dated within the year if Apple releases a new micro-projector iPhone.

(via DigiTimes)

BenQ launch their hand-sized LED GP1 projector

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BenQ today launched their tiniest projector to date. The sultry GP1 is a lampless, PC-less portable projector with a USB port. It’s not as small as the Acer K10 Pico Projector and not as cheap as the Samsung SP400B, so what has little projector got to offer.

Well it can project an automatically keystone corrected image up to 80 inches, that’s a 6 ft 8 inch image! That’s bigger than Peter Crouch! Bigger than Michael Jordon! On your wall! In your house! Exclamation mark!

The GP1 does away with unwieldy video ports, opting instead for one consolidated breakout cable for your traditional composite and VGA cables. The GP1 also flexes a nigh-on pointless 2 watt speaker. But at just 12cm x 13cm x 5cm and weighing just 640g, who can argue if it’s a little hard to hear, its got plenty of audio outputs after all.

What the GP1 has over its competitors is its in-built media player which allows for playback of video found in a plugged in its USB. You can even play your PowerPoint presentations without having to hook the GP1 up to a computer. No bad.

But at a whopping £499, a full £150 more expensive than SP400B, the BenQ might struggle in an already busy market.