Last week my house mate, Sunshine, got a
3M Camcorder Projector CP45
(above link is an Amazon.com link if you are interested in buying it)
But in the meantime here is my thought perculations on where products like this could POTENTIALLY GO, if a company like Apple got behind them ...
Handheld projectors are not a new and mind shattering concept, they have been around for 3 - 4 years.
However for me it was a first experience with an easy to hold device that could record a moment or memory, and then a few hours later play it back projected on the wall or ground for a group of friends while hanging out.
I think that is a powerful experience that Apple would do well to zero in on, reinvent the tech, shrink it, make it brighter, and put it inside every smartphone they make in 2015 - 2016 and beyond. Of course having a beautiful Retina screen to fall back on is a great foundation for building a futuristic experience like this.
It feels like one of the few tech experiences or tech niches that you saw as a kid in Star Wars or Star Trek that is still not available. Tablets, Talking Computers, even Tricorders are becoming a daily reality.
We have been using a projection theater (with an Apple TV / PS3 / XBOX's) in my house for a couple of years now, and i absolutely love how awesome projection tech is:
- Super space efficient
- Bigger than any flatscreen you can reasonably buy
- feels like your actually at the movies
- Videos games are larger than life
Having this kind of experience in the palm of your hand is awesome:
- You can project onto a surface area bigger than any reasonable smartphone or even tablet.