Texas Instruments is showing its digital light processing (DLP) "pico" projector at CTIA. This is a tiny movie projector that can fit inside a cell phone.
The goal of this unreleased device is to substantially increase the user experience of watching video on a cellphone.
Inside, we learn that the 1.5 inch-long projector has three lasers, a DLP chip and a power supply. With these components, a handset could beam what TI is claiming to be DVD-quality video from the cellphone onto a screen aor even a wall. As a result, the projector can serve as a video player and a television. A wide screen tv, at that.
To me, this technology substantially increases the desirability of watching mobile tv. Why? Because the tv experience is not on the handset itself. Instead, the handset becomes a conveyance for transferring the video to a more visually ergonomic form factor.