How to turn your iPhone into a projector

“For many people, the days of booking a conference room equipped with an overhead projector so you can display content from your laptop are over. Increasingly, you need to show off documents on the go — away from the home office, and maybe not even on a laptop at all, but rather on your phone or tablet,” Dave Johnson reports for CBS News MoneyWatch. “One solution? Turn your iPhone into a portable projector.”

“The ipico Hand-held Projector is a cool piece of hardware. Weighing less than 4 ounces and roughly twice as thick as an iPhone, it easily slips into your bag or pocket. Connect your iPhone to the projector via a pop-up docking port, and it can beam the iPhone’s display on a nearby wall,” Johnson reports. “The image can be as small as 5 inches or as large as 50 inches, and the 960-by-540 pixel output is surprisingly good for many kinds of content.”

Johnson reports, “The ipico Hand-held Projector costs $129 and works with phones older than the iPhone 5 (such as the 4s, 4 and 3GS). It comes with a short USB cable for charging the integrated Li-Ion battery.”

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    1. Really, that’s the way to do it. The projector isn’t really great quality, uses a 30-pin connector, and doesn’t mirror the entire iOS device and all the apps.

      My dream conference room would have an Apple TV connected to a widescreen at the front of the room, and then around the table there would be iPads so that people could zoom in and interact with the data themselves.

    1. • Optoma ML500: 500 lumens, $550
      • Vivitek Qumi Q5: 500 lumens, $650

      Getting there. 33.3x brighter than the iPico. But still not professional presentation quality. Probably adequate for casually projecting on your office wall with the blinds closed and the lights off.

      • Epson VS310 Portable Projector: 2600 lumens, $390.

      ∑ = I’ll take one of those please!

  1. What bugs me about these teeny weeny projectors it their luminosity. Can you only use them in a 100% darkened room? Let’s find out!

    Commencing Research Mode…

    • iPico Projector: 15 lumens
    • Lowest end Epson PowerLite Projector: 2500 lumens
    • 5 Watt incandescent light bulb : ~25 Lumens

    Before You Buy An LCD Projector

    LCD Projector Brightness

    The higher the ANSI lumens rating, the brighter the LCD projector’s light output. Projectors of less than 1000 lumens may not put out enough light for your needs. Projectors of 1000-2000 lumens put out enough light for normal business or classroom situations, while projectors of 2000-3000 lumens produce enough light to illuminate images without washout in large conference rooms and classrooms.

    IOW: 15 lumens is not gonna cut it for any professional presentation, except maybe in the broom closet.

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