Samsung is the most notable company to introduce an Android projector phone in the market – it has managed to get the Samsung Galaxy Beam in various markets around the world but it has not created as much hype as it should have largely due to a number of technical production issues. Another company, STMicroelectronics seems to be serious about the projector phone and is working on introducing and popularizing the gadgets running on Android.
STMicroelectronics (or STMicro or plainly SMT) is a Swiss-based company that deals with manufacturing semiconductor chips for other handset manufacturers including HTC and Samsung. It has announced that it has completed an Intellectual Property (IP) and talent acquisition of a smaller Israeli-based company (its old partner) called bTendo and intends to bring small projectors on Android devices. The company announced this, and some of its future plans, via a press release you can read here. bTendo, popular for its Scanning Laser Projector engine has the capability to mass produce projector engines that are less than 1.7cubic centimeters and under 5mm high – the perfect size for android handset projectors, even for very slim phones. Note that Samsung’s Galaxy beam is not particularly a thin phone, measuring 12.5mm thick.
SMT has not made public any plans to product tablets with in-built projectors yet but they are already thinking of fitting them on laptops. These plans have no timeframe though but it is likely that we will be seeing them work on this technology soon enough – as early as next year. It will be interesting to see which phone, tablet and laptop manufacturers will be want to have this technology in their devices because though not entirely new, can be very handy for any user.