Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Mobile phones with projector displays

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

Viewing videos on your smartphone's tiny display may soon be supplemented by the ability to project onto a screen, wall, or even a friend's shirt.

According to a report on Monday by Taiwan-based market-watcher DigiTimes, mobile-technology-and-more manufacturer Foxlink has begun manufacturing tiny projectors commonly known as pico projectors and is working with "a handset client from Europe" to get those projectors into products as early as the end of this year.

The DigiTimes report also claims their sources told them that Nokia, Samsung, and Apple all "plan to launch handsets with built-in micro projectors by the end of this year."

There's no independent confirmation of this rumour, but it's interesting to note that Foxlink's parent company, Foxconn, builds Apple's iPhone and has manufacturing ties with Nokia.

Microvision's ShowWX has the advantage over other pico-projector designs of not needing a focusing lens. The report did not mention which technology its sources claim that Foxlink is using for its pico projector.

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