Modern smartphones have crazy fast processors, high resolution displays, and enough features to make a 10-year-old laptop weep with shame. But they’re limited by their size. It’s hard to watch a movie with friends on a 4 inch display, and it’s hard to type your doctoral dissertation using an on-screen keyboar.
QP Optoelectronics plans to show off a new device at CES next month that can transform a phone into a laptop… or a 60-inch TV.
It’s called the LightPad, and it includes a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, a pico projector, and an 11 inch screen.
When you want to use the device as a laptop, just connect your phone and use the projector and screen as a rear-projection display for playing games, surfing the web, writing, or performing other phone-like activities on a laptop-style device.
You can also turn the projector the other way and shine the light on a surface to project an image up to 60 inches. The low-power projector uses less than 2.5 watts.
Right now the LightPad can only handle 854 x 480 pixel display resolutions, but future models should be able to handle 720p video.
The concept looks a bit clunky right now, but if you’re tired of downloading videos onto your phone only to realize that you’re then stuck watching videos… on your phone, the LightPad could be one solution to your first world problem.
I already have an optima PK301 which is a battery powered pico projector w/ battery and speakers. So if I carry a diffuser screen and a keyboard I have the same thing. The pico projector engine is astounding I use mine with all the lights off for a 100″ screen.
Doing both the laptop thing and the project thing in the same device seems kind of odd, but maybe it will work well. I think the real determiner of success here will be cost. If it’s $100 or something I could see it doing very well. If it’s $1000 I can’t see it doing much.
So kind of like the Redfly by Celio Corp only with a projector and maybe supporting something more than Windows Mobile and Blackberry? Kind of cool.
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