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There is a limit to how big the display of a smartphone can be and it’s always better if we can watch photos and videos on devices with bigger screens. But in the future, a new LED projector being developed by the researchers at Fraunhofer could be able to help.

A smartphone in the future, like an iPhone 5, could be equipped with this projector to project images onto a surface and you will be able to interact with the projection with your finger the same way you would do on the phone’s screen. The projector is based on an insect’s compound eye and it actually consists of small microprojectors.

Researcher Marcel Sieler says, “Our projector consists of hundreds of tiny microprojectors in an array, each of which generates a complete image. This technology, known as ‚array projection, is modeled on nature – on the compound eye found in some insects – and with it for the first time we can create very thin and bright LED projection systems with tremendous imaging properties”.

Each microprojector will project the same image onto a surface and all the individual images will overlap to result in a very sharp and bright overall image. And based on how far it is from the surface, each microprojector can also independently adjust the focus of its image. The necessary data for this could be provided by the phone’s position sensor and camera. The researchers made the projected screen touch sensitive via the use of infrared beams.

But the system needs more work to be done on it and it won’t be available in smartphones sometime soon. But they will be showing it off at the Optatec trade fair in Frankfurt later this month.

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  • Roscoe P Coltrane

    i love the fact that you people have nothing better to do than argue over which phone is better. Makes my day

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

    “iPhone 5 Could Have Kinect-like Micro Projector”
    No it cant. This micro projector was just announced a few days ago, the company stated that its a couple of years away from mass production.

    The iPhone will have a chrome back and the same lack luster yesterdays hardware.

    Android rules.

    • http://www.brixwork.com/ Jeff Kee

      Lackluster? Strongest and best built phone I’ve owned. Will never go back to the cheap plastic casing that Samsung and crowd makes. To me durability to last 2 years matters. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

        Just remember to hold it correctly.

        • http://www.brixwork.com/ Jeff Kee

          I got brains, no problem. That issue turned out to be a non-issue – software glitch  in calculating signal strength. Never had that issue here in Canada over the 2 years, neither did my gf with the same phone. Maybe the American networks had some issue? Who knows. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

            No it was the hardware, I’m sure you had the issue. Perhaps you just did not notice it, thats ok.

    • KATWINK

      YOUR JUST SO JEALOUS ANOTHER APPLE HATER WHO CANT DEAL THAT DROID IS UNSTABLE , AND OPEN MARKET SUCKS , MORE VIRUSES HEADACHES AND BS , GIVE ME A BREAK , AND IM HONESTLY NOT YELLING, I JUST LIKE CAPS , APPLE WINS EVERY TIME AND WITHOUT  THEIR  INNOVATION THEIR WOULD BE NO DROID.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

        Hi Kathy, FYI: Android was a company before iPhone was even out. Thanks for trying. And by the way “Droid” as you put it is a Verizon specific phone, I believe you mean “Android”.
        Android rules.

    • http://twitter.com/sandyrific Sandor Toledo

      Lackluster? OK… I know what this is. Morons are allowed to have opinions, too LOL

  • Bonerface

    its not real