Stuffing a Projector in a Tablet Might Actually Be Awesome

Illustration for article titled Stuffing a Projector in a Tablet Might Actually Be Awesome

When 3M started frankensteining its pico projectors into smartphones a few years ago as a proof of concept, it was novel, but really had no practical use in the real world. (Even for the enterprise world and its infinite powerpoint presentations). But seeing a projector built into Smart Devices' SmartQ U7 Android tablet has me full of ideas on how to use it.

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The 7-inch SmartQ U7 is admittedly not the exact device that would sell me on a projector tablet. Despite having a 1024x600 resolution display, the 40 lumen projector only spits out an 854x480 picture which can be blown up to 50 inches. And though a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 Chipset and a Gig of RAM seem a bit pedestrian for $300 Android tablet—$400 if you spring for the 1.5 GHz chipset—it's clear that such a device could be improved at a rapid rate and offered at a somewhat affordable price.

Obviously, the compromise that would have to be made here would be the slimness of the tablet. But imagine being able to play games on a big screen anywhere you have a blank wall. Or instead of having a TV in your bedroom, you could just project your tablet screen onto a wall and use a wireless speaker. Or yes, maybe you would be using your tablet in the office and want to project a power point presentation or something. (I dunno!)

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Illustration for article titled Stuffing a Projector in a Tablet Might Actually Be Awesome

Not only is projector technology better now, but I'd be much more willing to sacrifice some size in a tablet than I would a smartphone. If the quality of the picture was good enough, an integrated projector is definitely something I'd want in a future tablet. [SmartQ via Lilliputing via AndroidYo via Geeky Gadgets]

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stevenmcmahon
Did not agree just bc i clicked

This would be better on a smartphone. I have a pico projector. It's great when it's really dark. But when there's daylight it sucks. Also there are few video apps that allow video out. There's the native Apple purchased and rented stuff and Netflix. Everything else doesn't play well with video out. Tho some I can watch on my laptop then use video out on the MBP to a TV.

The quality could go up quite a bit on these. I've heard laser tech may be viable for the next gen of mini projectors.