Dec 19 AT 3:50 PM Edgar Cervantes 48 Comments

Video: Expand your phone’s display up to 60″ with LightPad


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
QP Optoelectronics to Launch LightPadTM for Smartphones at CES

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.

G1 (2012)
G2 (2013)

Brightness in Rear Projection mode, 11 inch
Rear Projection Screen gain
Brightness in front Projection mode
Battery life
Mechanical dimensions (closed)
Color Gamut
Supported smartphones
540 nits @ 2.5W
18 lumens
854 x 480
5 hrs
257 x 207.5 x 12.0 mm
100% of NTSC
All smartphones with HDMI/MHL output
540 nits @ 1.5W
50 lumens
1280 x 720
7 hrs
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.

Via: Engadget

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • wwJOSHdo

    HOLY COW! I gotta get me one of those!

    • azswift

      That would actually look tons better in a darker room, or head-on. The lenticular screen is a lot like the old projection TV’s.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      I’ve been dreaming, for years, of playing games via my phone onto a projected display.

      With how awesome mobile games have become, and with services like OnLive letting us play PC / console titles on our phones, it’s even going past that… I’m going to be able to pull a phone, a pico projector, and a wireless controller out of my jacket at work and play games like Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on the break room wall.

      Can’t wait.

      • desean

        But the problem is, with such a large “screen”, you can’t really play games in office without your boss knowing :p

    • King Chris Scott

      Ya this is right up my ally…thanks to whoever made this dream become a reality

  • stenzor

    Once a 1080p version is out, I’m buying it

  • zyphbear

    This is so cool! I would love to use one to watch movies with family outside in the nice weather!
    Perfect for a good horror movie!

  • Wayne Winkler

    Would be interesting to see how much a device like this will run.

  • Thomas Biard

    Oh man, do you think Santa is taking requests for next year delivery on the HD model? Maybe his elves can help get this to market with all the suggested features.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Very cool idea. Being able to watch movies or give presentations on a 40″ screen from your phone (& tablet?) would be great!

  • dpleus

    Great concept, can’t wait to see them work more of the bugs out and see if it has mass market appeal.

  • Oscar Rivas

    It’s Seems like a good idea! And if they were to add touch screen capabilities it would be that much better! How about just placing a Projector into a phone?!? Add the kickstand from the EVO and Boom! Projector in your very hands! Lol!

    • TarHeelDude

      Phones with built in projectors are already in the works and have been for some time. I don’t know if they exist outside the prototype phase yet, but I would bet you will see some at the upcoming CES.

      • Futureboy

        Agreed. They’re camcorders with built-in projectors are already on the market. It’s only a matter of time before they’re in smartphones.

  • TarHeelDude

    Pretty cool. I would think this will be sold at a pretty reasonable price too. The only downside is that, as you can see in the video, front projection will probably require a room that is completely dark.

  • cxandroid

    Cool, but really of limited use, particularly with devices coming out with HDMI on board.

  • HoLfElDeR

    Quietly brilliant

  • YMS123

    Looks expensive…

  • PiTTDRoiD

    Eeeey,,,,men…we r near of holographic screens…

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  • keridel

    i can do all that already lol

    i have an asus transformer and a 1080p projector

    and it works amazingly well!

  • Michael C.

    Concentrated Awesomeâ„¢.

  • ramenchef

    That’s pretty neat. With this you can have spontaneous movie nights just about anywhere you want.

  • Billy

    So many cool ideas coming out. I think pico projectors are going to be awesome someday until the guy next to me on the plane decides he needs to watch his movie across my tray table and his …. wait that might be me.

  • Jorge Eslava

    At 60″ I expect nothing less than 1080p

  • azswift

    All the pico projectors I’ve seen have had very low light output. I’ve seen them in the 5 lumen range. Looking at a new JVC projector, it’s got 1200 lumens. Don’t get your hopes up, yet.

  • Jorge Branco

    I think it needs to be touch screen before displaying ICS devices Asa tablet. Otherwise wouldn’t the display on the phone be way too cramped?

  • classic_hero

    I want something like this but i need to get a tablet first, also it def needs 1080p

  • WlfHart

    I can only imagine playing HD video and projecting it to 60″ using a device that fits comfortably into a binder…

  • mclarensr

    That looks cool.

  • Hall Lo

    Interesting idea.

  • Louis A

    Yah, looks great but when the price comes I hope it’s still as good as the what we are seeing in the youtube video cuz chances are, prices will be hiiigh!

  • Rgbarret

    I just hope it supports full mirroring.

  • Cole Loomis

    I would really like to see this in person.

  • spintrex

    Wonder how much it would drain the battery… would it be the same as if it was streaming normally from the phone itself?

  • Naitsaves

    It looks great, I just don’t see myself buying one of these anytime soon.

  • Eduardo Bayon Perales

    Curious, but I think it’s a little bit “old-fashioned” using retroproyection. And size it’s not one of the best specifications of the item. Nevertheless, I’d like one!!

  • donger

    pretty cool

  • Adryan maldonado

    THat thing is pretty cool. If the price is right i might consider getting it(like everything else i want).

  • Tipika

    Cool, but i gues in sunlight it would be very hard to see…

    • Tipika

      Also i doubt that the price will be less than $300, reducing usefulness

  • gherea

    Can’t wait.

  • eliander mendoza

    cool but i wouldn’t buy this because i really would not have any use to it, but pretty cool.

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  • Organo Gold

    It’s amazing!! I will buy it!.

  • Michael

    It’s amazing!! I will buy it!.

    Michael , Organo Gold

  • humidity

    Pretty cool. I’m a little curious how bright it can get and if it’ll look washed out in daylight.

  • Andy_jr

    I love this kind of thing. Keep the “cool tech” news coming!