It’s cool that smartphone screens are getting larger, as watching videos on them while on-the-go becomes an increasingly enjoyable experience. But they still definitely don’t match the impact of watching a movie or TV show on a 50+ inch display; those, on the other hand, tend to be very un-portable. Celluon’s PicoPro seems like a great compromise, since it’s about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus, only a bit thicker (0.5 inches thick). It weighs a tiny bit more (6.7 ounces) but is able to project a clear, crisp laser-based image that is always in focus, and which can reasonably be stretched up to 100″. It doesn’t require any external power source, and has a battery life of 2 to 3 hours. PicoPro will connect to your iOS device through HDMI (requiring an adapter), or wirelessly to Windows Phone and Android devices that support Miracast. The resolution is 1920×720, which is a bit odd and requires a bit of explanation:
1920×720 resolution is an attribute of the display engine at the heart of the PicoPro/PicoAir. MicroVision’s PicoP® Display Technology uses a proprietary scanned laser beam methodology that has a fundamental advantage of supporting multiple output resolutions with a single MEMS mirror, as opposed to being limited to fixed resolutions like panel based displays. The number of pixels painted is dynamic, not fixed as in a panel. To achieve 1920×720, the image resolution is enhanced by upscaling the horizontal pixels from 1280 input to 1920 output. To maintain a standard 16:9 aspect ratio the display engine creates non-square pixels. The result is an image that surpasses the resolution and quality a typical 720p display by fitting more pixels into the space.
Pocketable portability, no dependance on external power source, clear image? That sounds like a winning combination, even at $350.
Head over to the VIA link for a full review.