Sony Pico Projector module delivers focus-free HD resolution images

February 19, 2014

Sony might have bowed out from its VAIO PC business, but its mobile dreams are still as strong as ever. Testament to that is a new super small projector module that is touted to deliver high quality images inside a device that will fit your hand.

Whereas other pico projectors are only able to project images of 640x480 or 800x480 resolutions, Sony's latest module promises a resolution of 1920x720 pixels with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. In addition, this module will be able to project those images clearly at any distance without the need to refocus. At a distance of one meter, it will be able to project a screen size of 40 inches, while at 3 meters the screen size can reach up to 120 inches, all in clear and crisp quality.


According to Sony, it is able to accomplish this feat by eschewing panel-based systems employed by other projectors and instead opting for a laser-based scanning or LBS system. This makes use of semiconductor lasers that project beams that are then reflected and controlled by a Micro Electronic Mechanical System or MEMS mirror. This particular MEMS mirror incorporates technology developed by display technology company MicroVision. Sony also developed a video processor to further control and improve the image output.


Sony envisions this very small Pico projector module, which only measures 52.5 mm x 63.0 mm x 7.2 mm, to be used in handheld projectors, particularly those with wireless connectivity that can project images sent from mobile devices. It might even end up in other kinds of devices, like a projector hotspot or even a projector smartphone.


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  • Kev Burns

    1920×720 is not 16:9

    • snrubb

      Wrong. Resolution does not tell you anything about aspect ratio unless you also know the pixel aspect ratio (PAR).