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TI introduces a 720p Pico projector chipset for mobile and portable devices

Posted: , by Luis D.

TI introduces a 720p Pico projector chipset for mobile and portable devices

Texas Instruments is still in the game, and its latest invention is a Pico projector for mobile and portable devices that's capable of projecting 720p images and video. The 0.3″ HD TRP DLP® Pico™ chipset boasts 100% higher brightness while using 50% less power compared to TI's previous achievement.

The chip is based on the DLP Cinema technology that's popular in theaters. It also features TI's proprietary Tilt & Roll Pixel (TRP) architecture and adaptive IntelliBright algorithms to increase brightness or consume less power. Additionally, the chipset’s fast switching speeds enable the world's smallest true color RGB engines with 120Hz video performance.

So far, only Samsung has experimented with mobile projection. Its Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone from 2012 appeared a bit ahead of its time. It offered a built-in 640x360 projector that took a heavy toll on its battery life, which made for an underwhelming experience.

Texas Instruments's new technology could give such projects chance for a second, better equipped try. However, not that many manufacturers will be up to the task of making these niche devices desirable and, consecutively, profitable. Still, a portable Pico projector accessory that's capable of decent ouput seems like a fine option, especially for movie fans and presentators.

source: Texas Instruments via Android Authority

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:26 3

1. draconic1991 (Posts: 197; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

A projector is still something which can be used more than a heartrate monitor...so hope this comes on soon...and some battery breakthrough too..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:28 1

2. Hyperreal (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

i'd definitely like to have such a feature in a smartphone. 640x360 was not enough but 720p sounds great.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:29 1

3. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I had a pico projector on my LG IQ/Expo.
Back in WM 6.5 days, also had a biometric scanner.
Was handy at times.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:57 1

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

TI, y u no make more SoCs?

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:57 2

5. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Hopefully the HTC One Max 2 could have this inside rather than a biometric scanner.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:22 1

6. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

man f that phone!!! iphone wanabee, wit speakers as a gimick. "BoomSound"???? REALLY!?!?! HTC went from havin the dopest, most cutting edge phone out, (original EVO 4G) to COPYING apples crappy unexpandable memory, unremoveable battery, n aluminum. man f all that "Boomsound" ish. worst commercial add & gimick ever. crappy speakers....still cant believe it!!! REDEEM URSELF HTC!!!!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:55 2

7. Hyperreal (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

well this actually is no gimmik at all. wtf are you sayin? they are the best sounding speakers in a smartphone and playing games/watching videos on yt is just a pleasure with them and morever the fact that they are front facing is also great because when you put your phone for example on a seat while driving your car, with a speaker on the back, you cant hear sh*t.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:15

8. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

dude just admit all cell speakers will and DO sound like ass. until they miniturize subwoofers some way, some how (the wont), all speakers that small are gona sound like ass. jus kuz im the mayor of shlt town, doesnt make it OK to live in shlt town.
thats y ive had such a hard time finding a portable speaker that DIDNT cost $300.... but even those other portable ones they sell at like $60 STILL sound better than "Boomsound." lmao, even saying it sounds gay!

oh and bout the car, y dont u jus plug ur phone in the AUX port or link it up via bluetooth? or use the tape player in ur car with a CarKit (have em for like $10 n under) and then u will REALLY be able to hear some ish! u know u can plug a bluetooth reciver in to ur AUX port to give any car bluetooth, right?

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:04 1

9. draconic1991 (Posts: 197; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Atleast HTC is trying to innovate and do something different..whatever they call it. And improving sound quality isn't a gimmick...we use speaker quite often...and it definitely helps if it actually sounds a little decent and we dont have to run over to external equipments to hear anything...if you wanna see gimmick...check out any of samsung's flagship phones...since their multi window feature...all have been gimmicks....i just love and laud HTC for trying...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 17:25

12. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

look, BATTERY life on cell phones sux enough, i DONT want a freaking Wana-Bee pussy-ass boom box in Addition to all the things they now cram into our devices. (shoulda used that speaker space fo more of them Ultra-Pixels... lord knows the camera in that phone needed more!!) Thats NOT inovative! adding "Stereo" speakers that are so close together u cant hear a sound stage is NOT inovation!!! if it was possible, (its not right now) thered be a tiny subwoofer-like device for bass.
they should cut out one speaker, and they could use the xtra space for more battery clearance!!!
look..... if u wana listen to music on the go, NOT on headphones, buy a lil portable speaker!!!! it WILL SOUND BETTER. hell......Bluetooth is NOT a big deal that u can call "oh its Soooo Much 'External Equipment!' im sooooo confused!!" on. samsungs "Gimmicks" atleast have a function, although could be a liiitttllee more pollished. but they are awesome!!!
if HTC wants to be "inovative" Bring back the Fphucking kickstand!!!! (coolest "gimmick" a phone ever had). then we can talk lol

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 23:38

15. draconic1991 (Posts: 197; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Oh please...those "fuction" that samsung gimmicks have is used for a day or 2...sure its fun for a while..but after that it gets useless....for example - video pause when u look away....absolutely useless....u dont have to stare every second on a screen to watch a video....stresses the eyes too much....tried it myself..it gets irritating everytime i do anything else it stops...

And if you are talking about battery being used...these stupid gimmicks use a lot of battery too...

And if ur so much of a samsung fan....then wat have they done to improve the camera...cramming up more pixels is not innovation. i use samsung daily...wished i hadnt purchased it.

And by externals i didnt mean only bluetooth headsets...i meant wired or unwired speakers too...thought u might have been smart enough to understand...

And i wasnt just talking about listening to music on the go....say someone sends u a recording or a video on whatsapp, wechat, mms whatever...i dont wanna plug in my headset for every little thing...

Even u'l have to admit..ppl use speakers more than "air gestures" kinda thing....

Sorry if i offended u...was just placing my opinion...i like htc because they try something different...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 18:39 1

13. iMemo (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


posted on 07 Mar 2014, 20:17

14. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

word to my mother, son! +1 me

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 16:15 1

10. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

reckless562 is the bozzz bet ur phone rocks. the pants off barbie

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 17:11

11. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

not even, i use a sprint galaxy S2 that i got from a pawn shop that listed it on craigs list for $100. it was in imaculate condition btw, with og box, books, n charger :) ive been using it for almost a year now, but i had an original EVO 4G before i got it. like 3 of them, kuz of the charging port disconnecting off the circut board problem. i probably only replaced the last one kuz this one i finally accidently dropped it screen first and cracked the glass lol.
but i PLAN on getting an awesome phone!! was gona get the GS4, but then i wanted the sony Z1, n then they got the Z2 comming already... AND the GS5, so again, im waiting.........
but i DO KNOW what the F im talking about

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