Have you been envying laptop dock users? QP Optoelectronics might have the gadget for you. This device is called the LightPad, and it features a tri-fold shape with a Pico Projector in the back. This projector can be used to display your smartphone on an 11-inch screen (rear-projected). You can also flip the Pico Projector around, allowing the image to be projected at up to 60 inches diagonally.
Making presentations or watching movies with the family are not the limits of this device. The LightPad also features a physical keyboard and would be very similar to using an Android Tablet with a keyboard dock (much like the ASUS Transformer / Transformer Prime). This could be very convenient for writing extensively on the go.
It must be taken into account that this is a first generation product. There are a few things we would like to see improved. The resolution is not very stunning, for example. an 854x480p resolution wouldn’t be the most crisp display, especially if you plan on making those 60″ presentations. The manufacturer is planning to release a 1280x720p version later on, which will improve resolution substantially.
This device also lacks a touchscreen; you must use the phone itself for tasks that require touch. Also, the tri-fold structure is not the most convenient for space reduction. And one more thing. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could plug in ICS devices and have them display like a tablet would? Just a thought; we don’t know how complicated adding this feature would be.
This netbook accessory supports all smartphones with HDMI/MHL output, and claims to have a battery life of 5 hours. Launch will come during CES. A few of your Android and Me staffers (including me) will be there to cover all the good news for you, so stay tuned. We’ll try to get some detailed coverage on this.
Press release is right below, as well as a video demonstration of the LightPad. Check them out and hit us up in the comments section. Would you like to have a product like this? What else do you think could make this better?Show Press Release
Suzhou, China — December 19, 2011. QP Optoelectronics Co. Ltd. announced today that it will be showcasing its novel LightPadTM product at the CES 2012 exhibition in Las Vegas, January 10-13, booth #37037 South Hall, Upper Level.
The patent pending LightPadTM technology is an ideal companion device to extend the functionality and user interface of smartphones, providing the user with expanded utility via built-in 11″ high contrast rear projection screen, up to 60″ screen in front projection mode, and a full-size keyboard.
Connected with a smartphone, The LightPadTM provides virtually all functions of a notebook computer for an individual. This is mainly thanks to a rebirth of rear projection using a pico-projector. The high gain and high contrast rear projection screen provides for a high quality display. Advantages of using a pico-projector for the display is power efficiency (over 500 nits for under 2.5 Watts), thin form factor and light weight — key factors for a portable accessory device.
Notebook sized displays are not sufficient for many applications including small group meetings where PowerPoint presentations are common. LightPadTM can produce up to 60 inch display in front projection mode with its super short focal length projection lens. It can be used as a big screen display/projector for meeting presentations, video/TV viewing, and big screen gaming.
Connectivity to all smartphone platforms with HDMI or MHL output (iOS, Android, Win, Blackberry) are supported.
Brightness in Rear Projection mode, 11 inch
Rear Projection Screen gain
Brightness in front Projection mode
Mechanical dimensions (closed)
540 nits @ 2.5W
854 x 480
257 x 207.5 x 12.0 mm
100% of NTSC
All smartphones with HDMI/MHL output
540 nits @ 1.5W
1280 x 720
257 x 207.5 x 6.0 mm
100% of NTSC
All smartphones with HDMI/MHL output
“The smartphone is becoming the primary computing device for consumers and professionals.” stated James Lupino, QP Optoelectonics’ Vice President of Business Development. “But their small display and keyboard greatly limit their application for serious users, especially for those who are seeking to replace their notebooks. LightPadTM addresses the main drawbacks of the user-interface of smartphones by utilizing dual mode projection technology. With high quality image display, versatile screen size, and super portability, LightPadTM enables a super smartphone for all applications. We expect the LightPadTM will be adopted widely as a must-have for smartphone users.”
QP Optoelectronics has partnered with Texas Instruments, a leader in DLP- based microdisplays. “We are very proud to work with QP Optoelectronics as it brings the LightPadTM to market”, stated Frank Moizio, TI’s Business Manager for DLP Pico Projection. “The innovative use of pico-projectors in the LightPadTM is a strong example of how TI DLP is enabling compelling large scale viewing experiences from the palm of your hand.”
QP Optoelectronics plans for mass production of the LightPadTM in mid-2012 and is in the process of establishing channel partners including licensing partners.