By Andrew Liszewski
The Project-a-Phone ICD-1300 is a somewhat compact device that lets you see the screen of your mobile phone or PDA on a larger display, like a computer monitor or even a projector, though in a rather roundabout way. The device uses a video camera on an arm that’s not unlike the document cameras included on some projectors. When you clamp your phone or PDA in and line up the 1.3 MP camera you end up with an image that’s similar to what you see on the right. (Taken directly from the Project-a-Phone website without any additional color correction.) I’m particularly fond of the barrel distortion.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure someone, somewhere will have a use for a device like the Project-a-Phone, but if being able to display your mobile device on a large screen is a necessity why not just get a model that already has that functionality built-in? Given the $295 price tag of the Project-a-Phone, upgrading your phone or PDA to a more capable model is probably even the cheaper way to go.