Feeds

Ray of hope for smartphone projectors

Grain of sand sets shining example

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A components manufacturer claims to have made the industry's smallest aspherical glass lens which has potential to kit-out smartphones with built-in projectors.

Of course, the idea is nothing new. Projectors have been implemented in phones before, but never really took off with the additional bulk being among the issues.

The Alps FLGS3 lens measures up at less than one cubic millimetre – you can get grains of sand bigger than this. Aspherical glass tech is already utilised in underwater cabling and base stations, as well as some handheld projectors. However, the lenses have never been this small, and now the company is looking to hit the world of consumer appliances, with its sights firmly set on the smartphone industry.

And while it could also be used for smaller Pico handheld projectors, it's the FLGS3's mobile applications that raises eyebrows most, as this minute lens tech could be implemented in a smartphone without compromising the overall size of the handset.

Alps FLGS3 lens

When Pico projectors were first appearing, there was much talk of an abundance of smartphones having built-in projectors. Perhaps we're finally about to see the things take off.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Beam over in Singapore last summer, which also featured a built-in projector. A year on, the light seems to have faded on that particular Galaxy.

The FLGS3 Series lens is available now. Mass production and shipping started last week. Perhaps, instead of squinting at small screens during the daily commute, we'll soon be watching our movies on the ceiling of a bus. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi
These are the movement detection devices you're looking for
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?