LightPad: a pico projector for Android with big ideas

December 19, 2011

As neat an idea as they seemed, Motorola's various Lapdocks haven't amounted to much. The principle's is sound, but if you're going to carry around an accessory that's as big as a laptop, as heavy as a laptop, and almost as expensive as a laptop, why not just carry a real freaking laptop? Startup company QP Optoelectronics intends to change the equation, by giving you an 11" screen, full keyboard AND up to a 60" projector, all in a package about the size of a few magazines.They're calling their flagship product the LightPad.

The LightPad consists of a hinge-mounted pico project attached to a frame containing a small screen and keyboard. When the projector is pointed in the forward position, it creates a rear projection image on the screen, creating a traditional laptop form factor, even if it is a little long - this wouldn't fly on an airline tray table. Flip the projector around and you can throw your phone's screen up to a 60" space. The whole package connects to your Android phone via an HDMI port, with MHL support as well (you can see a Nexus One in the video).


The idea is certainly novel, though I can see at least a few flaws. Neither screen would work particularly well in an outdoor environment, or even somewhere with bright fluorescent lights. The extra length is a problem too. The latest revision of the gadget will allow for pixel-perfect reproductions of phone screens up to 1280 x 720 resolutions. The gadget doesn't have a distributor yet, though the creators will be on hand at CES in January. We'll be sure to stop by their booth for a hands-on look at the device.

[via Engadget]

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