updated 04:35 pm EST, Wed January 8, 2014
Android-powered TouchPico uses IR stylus to turn surfaces into touchscreens
Singapore-based start-up TouchJet showed Electronista its pocketable TouchPico projector at CES, and we came away fairly impressed. The pico projector runs on Android 4.0 and can connect wirelessly to Android-powered mobile devices to mirror their on-screen content.
What's more, users can then interact with the projected content as they would on their touchscreen, as the projector can read touch inputs. The demo (done with a stylus in hand) was certainly convincing, as the model at the booth scrawled using a drawing app, slashed at flying fruit and even launched some Angry Birds. The required stylus sends out infrared signals that are then picked up by the projector and recognized as inputs.
Other than Wi-Fi, the small box houses an SD memory card slot and there are HDMI, AV/VGA, and mini USB inputs, an audio output, and support for a wireless mouse. Its brightness is rated at 100 lumens and can throw up images as large as 60 inches in diameter. Other than Android devices, the projector can also use stream from Macs and Windows PCs over Wi-Fi.
The calibration process is said to be quick as well, at about 15 seconds. The unit is already earning accolades, having won the CES Launchit competition and receiving Envisioneering's Innovation and Design Award for ShowStoppers at this year's CES.
An add-on dubbed DroidBox for traditional projectors was also on display, using the stylus to turn any whiteboard into a touchscreen. The imagined applications here involve schools and businesses.
Both are due to begin selling this June, though prices are yet to be confirmed (but speculated to come in at around $500). The add-on that can turn the images thrown up by traditional projectors into touchscreens will be more affordable, and likely priced around $150.