In the wake of CES 2010 there is speculation that miniature digital projectors could soon become a mainstay of smartphone technology, with firms such as Microvision Inc and Texas Instruments developing competing systems to allow this functionality in the future.
Microvision has been showing off a pico projector based on laser technology that is about the size of the average smartphone and is capable of producing impressive images. Although it still has some work to do, Microvision hopes to eventually add its portable projectors into mobile phones.
Microvision's Matt Nichols said that he expects the first phones featuring projection technology to emerge before the end of the year as prototypes and that as with digital cameras, virtually all mobile phones will feature projection technology in five years time.
Texas Instruments has already teamed up with Samsung to produce two different phones which sport its own projection technology, both of which were showcased at CES 2010. A spokesperson for the company said that he hoped the current buzz surrounding pico projectors would result in strong sales.
Many believe that projection technology will compliment mobile phones because it will counteract the problems caused by small screens. This could result in a more immersive mobile phone experience.
Pico projectors are expected to be found in other electronic gadgets in the coming years, with digital cameras benefiting from integrated projection to allow photographers to share their work easily. Laptop integration would also be beneficial, with business presentations possible from virtually anywhere.
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