A 'what-if?' device created by an Apple fanboy suggests there might be life in the notion of projector phones yet, despite their hitherto very niche appeal among tech fans.
Most projector phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Beam, solely enable users to project movies, videos and other files on to a wall or other flat surfaces. And, thus far at least, they’ve met with scant approval from the mass market.
However, a device dreamed up by YouTube user Sonitdank aims to reinvent the projector handset once and for all. And he's using the world's best-selling phone as his canvas.
His take on the iPhone (see it for yourself in the clip above) uses a projector in the rear of the device to create a full-size virtual Apple Mac keyboard, thus putting an end to the age-old problem of fiddly touchscreen text input.
But that’s just half the story. A second, front-facing projector reproduces a Mac screen on the wall in front of the handset, effectively giving you a full size home computer in your pocket.
Impressed? It’s hard not to be. Even if it’s just the production values of the clip (CF: the convincing computer generated imagery and swelling strings and dubstep drop on the soundtrack) that you’re responding to.
The actual likelihood of tech like this ever coming to the iPhone 6 or 5S is quite another matter, however. For one thing it’s hard to see arch form-is-function adherent Jonathan Ive ever sanctioning something as ostensibly gimmicky.
Still, for sheer invention alone we very much applaud Sonitdank’s effort. And at a time when it seems people are crying out for some major changes to iOS and iPhone hardware design, we think a little dose of this kind of radical thinking could be just what Apple needs right now.