We’ve yet to see the pico-projector (that is, projectors embedded within mobile phones) even break into mobile phone reality, and Sony Ericsson is already thinking about a future filled with mobile phone projectors. By the time mobile phone projectors hit the mainstream (perhaps by 2010), Sony Ericsson plans to have the patents to back a self-adjusting pico-projector.
The USPTO patent application from Sony Ericsson outlines a method by which the projected image from a mobile phone’s pico-projector would be analyzed by the handset’s camera. Based on the image-analysis, the projected image could be adjusted for color, brightness, and focus – ensuring that your mobile phone’s projector will always be beaming an optimal picture.
So, once mobile phone projectors hit the market for reals, we can expect Sony Ericsson to roll-out handsets with the sharpest projected picture. Think “CyberShot projector” – now that would be cool.
For now, we’ll just settle for any pico-projector to hit production.