Integrating pico projectors into our smartphones and tablets is obviously an innovation we would love to see. So far results have been less-than-beautiful but if anyone can make it work, then Apple is the company.
Pocket or pico projectors have come on in leaps and bounds recently, such as the Vivitek Qumi Q2 which we looked at last week. Now, a patent application by Apple made to the US Patent & Trademark Office hints that Apple will be looking to integrate these pico projectors into future iterations of the iPhone and iPad. The application also shows a possible projector accessory for MacBooks.
For the past couple of years, Apple has been hinting at this innovation and in April last year, teams of engineers at Cupertino were rumoured to have begun work on integrating a projector into a MacBook. In April this year, Fujitsu showed off a projector integrated into its latest LifeBook laptop, but the solution was again less than elegant.It seems as if Apple has either decided that integrating a projector into a MacBook just isn’t possible and is going with an add-on, or, it is just covering all bases with the latest patent application.
Whether Apple is wiling to compromise the sleek lines of the iPhone and iPad to fit in a projector (as doing so no doubt will) is uncertain, considering the emphasis the company places on design.
The patent application made by Apple is very detailed and it would suggest that Apple is at an advanced stage in planning for this new feature. Among the possible uses for the projectors is to create workspaces and using two or more devices in conjunction to create a shared workspace. The two projectors could even be used in conjunction to create one larger workspace.
Apple even speak about a “library of gestures” that corresponds to image sharing commands. This could mean waving your hand in front of one of the projectors to sling an image from one workspace to another – all very Minority Report-esque.
For a full run down of the patent application, check out the source link below, and let us know in the comments whether you think a projector in your next iPhone or iPad is something you would like and use.
Source: Patently Apple