Pico projectors have been shown off in the past, built into different devices like point and shoot cameras and smartphones, or offered as stand-alone devices. So far they haven’t really caught on with the mainstream public, but perhaps this year they may get a better foothold. Samsung already showed off an updated version of their Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in pico projector, even before Mobile World Congress even started.
Texas Instruments is showing off a prototype pico projector (say that 5 times fast!) that connects to an4/4S, and even has a very similar design, with the black top and bottom plates, and the thin metal bezel running all around the device. It’s a 12-lumen projector that can project images and video up to 50-inches diagonally.
As you can see, it’s quite small and pocketable, so it would be easy to carry this around for an impromptu slideshow or video display at a party, or perhaps a business presentation for work.
Currently Texas Instruments doesn’t have any timeframes for availability, but they expect that their partners could pick up this prototype and make it into a production-ready device “soon”.