TV to Cell Phone + Pico Projector = Big Screen Experience from a Small Device!

Tiffany Bradford

June 9th, 2009
by Tiffany Bradford

Check out today’s article in the Los Angeles Times which highlights the opportunity to send live video to mobile devices on the newly available analog spectrum once the digital switch for television is made.  This will allow Americans to combine 2 things we love: cell phones and TV.  As mobile content proliferates and tiny displays continue to hinder the enjoyment of this content, pico projectors offer a solution to the small screen bottleneck.

Broadcasters compete to put TV on cellphones

The digital switch will let video be sent to mobile devices — phones, computers, car systems –  on the newly available analog spectrum.  Contenders include MobiTV, Qualcomm’s Flo TV and Transpera.

The digital switch is the end of one TV era, but broadcasters and device companies hope it’s opening up another.

Their vision for the future: a world in which we access live television not just on the big screens in our living rooms, but also on cellphones and computers in cars.

Read the entire article

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8 Responses to “TV to Cell Phone + Pico Projector = Big Screen Experience from a Small Device!”

  1. Microvision Will Change Your Visual Experience, Wirelessly:

    Not too long ago, a mobile phone offered only a one-to-one viewing experience with little room for personalization and lacking the cool factor. Soon Microvision’s PicoP Display Engine technology will change the DNA of the phone, making it more visual, interactive and unique to the user. Taking this a step further, your cell phone will become a “one-to-many” tool, allowing us to share mobile content with groups of friends, family and colleagues. In the not-too-distant future, road warriors will be showing presentations to a room full of colleagues via a projector accessory [SHOWwx} for their mobile phones. We have only begun to unleash the mobile visual experience.

    With the increasing number and variety of visual applications on mobile phones, Microvision’s PicoP Display Engine technology will deliver the mobile experience consumers have come to expect. Consumers will be able to use their mobile phones to capture and store high-quality content, including digital movies and console-quality video games, and then watch the content with others via a connection to mobile, palm-sized, full-featured SHOWwx PicoP projector, which are expected to be available in the summer of 2009.

    Professional and amateur film makers can already use their mobile phones to show-off high-quality samples of their creations to producers using video clips taken on their handset. Soon, they [and you] will be able to share your video creation or the latest funny video from YouTube with a room full of people, in DVD quality (848 x 480) resolution, the same clarity you receive from your DVD player at home. Parents will be able to send DVD quality videos of their children learning how to ride a bike to family members, who may then show a room full of their friends.

    In conjunction with third party technology for processing HD video and graphics content, Microvision’s PicoP projector will allow [in 2010] integration into a mobile phone, further enhancing display options in mobile devices. Microvision’s Pico projector is creating a new standard by extending beyond the limitations of the physical screen on mobile phones and allowing consumers to share content with friends and family.

    From viewing video content on a 2-inch LCD screen on your mobile phone to being able to watch DVD-quality video in widescreen TV format projected to the closest wall, the wireless experience will never be the same.

    Quality of image and always-in-focus feature is important when projecting from your Mobile devices. For comparison, look at the quality and size of the Microvision’s PicoP projection and compare it to the [static] images from the Optoma Pico projector.

    First, the link to Optoma Pico projector video…

    Now look at Mirovision’s PicoP projector SHOW™ video…

    Now tell me, if I need to write a thousand words to explain the difference between the two?

    Anant Goel

  2. The audio from Pico Projector is a concern and the consumer sentiment can be well stated as…

    “I am as enthusiastic as anyone about the potential of Microvision PicoP Projection technology, but please keep in mind that the audience will need to hear the accompanying audio in order to enjoy most video content. Right now that limits the audience to one or two using ear-buds. I’m sure that this can be resolved with docking stations, etc., but cell phone batteries can’t be expected to power speakers that can address a large audience.”

    Listen to me bud, when I say…

    “Sound system for the mobile Pico projectors will be another hot spot for the likes of Bose and others in the sound business. It will be a multi-billion dollar market and I’m sure there will be some genius that will have the most optimum solution.”

    For now, here’s what available…

    Cell phone speakers are perfect for a trip to the park, a weekend getaway or an impromptu presentation or a dance party. Keep in mind that the sound quality won’t compare to your living room’s sound system, but it will rival even the nicest pair of headphones.

    The Sony Ericsson MPS-70 cell phone speakers bring true stereo sound in a compact design, while the Sony Ericsson MPS-75 cell phone speakers offer a more compact solution. Both models include antennas for using FM radios. The LG MSP-200 portable speakers offer good sound quality, but the design is relatively dull for cell phone speakers.

    Nokia offers a high-end solution with its MD-7W Bluetooth stereo speakers. These beauties offer an easy-to-use design and quality performance without a pesky wired connection.

    If these cell phone speakers are too rich for your blood, Nokia offers a budget option as well; the MD-6 cell phone speakers won’t win any performance awards, but they offer a compact design at an affordable price.

    Enjoy your day in the park… or the stuck elevator.

    Anant Goel

  3. George Says:

    There are ample, quality mini speaker systems in the marketplace. I’m quite certain that the good folks at Microvision have / are addressing this issue.

  4. These are crazy – the resolution is above that of some (very expensive) portable projectors. Are we really expecting the technology this year? Where’s the catch?! I’m guessing it’s the price…

  5. Joey Jesus Says:

    It appears that the supposed no 1 POCKET PROJECTOR won’t be available till next summer any idea why? Rumors around the CONUS is that the MICROVISION has so much problem that they have to think twice before selling it to the public. MAJOR concern with the quality and price of the product no way they can out sell the 3M and OPTOMA (both pocket projectors) where much better than the microvision. SO the latest rumors is that MICROVISION will include more accessories and lower the price in order to compete with other company like 3m and Optoma. (WARNING: before buying make sure what your getting is what you want. BYE

  6. We are planning to launch our accessory pico projector product in Summer 2009. We will provide more information about the product and its features, pricing, and available accessories when we launch the product later this year. We are confident that our product will offer a number of advantages over competing technologies.

  7. My favorite mobile phone is still Nokia. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  8. Also added you to my reader – this is definately how the technology is moving forward, with the development of pico projectors that are getting more and more small we will soon have some even better solutions!

    Microvision still rule the roost though ;)
    > than