Turn your iPhone or iPad into a projector

Tucked away in a corner of CeBIT, Taiwanese manufacture Aiptek – manufacturer of one of the first “pico-projectors” back in early 2009 – has been showing off a novel idea: pico-projector modules that plug into an iPhone or iPad, turning the device into a portable slide viewer or movie projector.

Turn your iPhone or iPad into a projector

i20

Two models were on display. The MobileCinema i20 (above) is a pocket-sized module, weighing a light 78g, that plugs into the bottom of an iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S, or an iPad or iPad 2. It projects a 960 x 540 image (more or less matching the iPhone 4’s 960 x 640 resolution) at a claimed size of up to 50in at a distance of 66in. With a power of only 15 lumens and a low 150:1 contrast ratio, you’ll need a pretty dim room to enjoy it at that size.

i50

The meatier MobileCinema i50 takes the form of a 100g shell into which an iPhone 4 or 4S can be slotted. It boosts the projection power to 40 lumens, with a claimed 1,000:1 contrast ratio, at a lower resolution of 640 x 480.

Both models feature a dedicated internal battery to power the LED lamp. This must be charged separately from the phone or iPad, but any unused charge can then be used to recharge the phone itself should your battery run low – a thoughtful touch. The MobileCinema i20 and i50 are due for launch in May, at an expected price of €149 for the i20 and €249 for the i50.

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