Aiptek has launched a range of intriguing pico projectors for plugging into your mobile phones and tablets.
The matchbox sized light boxes come in three flavours – the MobileCinema i50S, i50D and A50P. The i50S has the projector incorporated into a case that fits iPhone 4 and 4S phones, the i50D is a more generic design that will plug into the dock connector of any recent iPad, iPhone or iPod touch while the A50P has a microHDMI input that’s compatible with any phone (or device of any sort) that has either that connection or an MHL output.
All three devices sport the same core specs, which are:
- 35lumens brightness
- 640 x 480 resolution
- 1000:1 contrast
- RGB LED lightining
- Single Texas Instruments DLP chip projection technology
- 2hr battery life
The eagle-eyed (or even mole-eyed) among you will have noticed from those specs that these aren’t HD, but rather sport a lowly VGA resolution. This will limit their uses quite considerably – as one or two people will probably still get a better viewing experience sharing the screen of a Galaxy S3 than watching this – but for showing a group of people your latest snaps or even a presentation, this should suffice.
We saw the projectors in action and although the room had to be darkened a fair amount the projection was easily visible up to large sizes (40-60inch).
The Apple compatible devices don’t simply spew out everything onscreen but require the use of an app. This can playback a host of different file types as well as read documents – i.e powerpoints – and the projector will work for any app that supports the iOS TV-out function. As for the A50P, it will simply show a downscaled version of what’s onscreen.
All three are available for £219, though they have different release dates: July for the i50S and September for the i50D and A50P.
Aiptek has also announced a new general purpose pico projector called the PocketCinema. Sporting a higher resolution (854 x 480) and brighness (100 lumens), it’s a larger device (191 x 188 x 76mm) but also includes media playback facilities via its USB and SD ports. Available for £299 it’s also available in July.