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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014, Posted On: 8/13/2014

Pico Projector Delivers Up To 80" Picture That Emulates Touchscreen

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: video game technology, arcade videogames, interactive projection, Indiegogo, TouchPico, pocket-size projector, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California startup is looking for funding for a new interactive projection device on the crowdsource funding site Indiegogo.

Called the TouchPico, the pocket-size projector can turn any suitable surface into an interactive screen with a diagonal measurement of up to 80". The interactivity is provided by a built-in infrared camera that detects the movement of an infrared-emitting stylus within the image area, allowing the surface that receives the projected image to be used like a touchscreen. The system was previewed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Projecting at an intensity of 80 lumens, the Android 4.0-based device is comparable in size to a large smartphone. It's configured to link wirelessly with any Android smartphone or tablet. It may be used not only with interactive games, but also with drawing apps, e.g. as a whiteboard. It streams movies, and is supplied with HDMI video input and audio output connectors, and accommodates Secure Digital (SD) memory cards.

According to the San Francisco-based company developing the apparatus, the new projector has widespread applications in the entertainment sector, including videogames. A video depicts the device projecting large-scale gameplay for such popular videogames as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.

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