High quality pocket projectors in cell phones? We think not.

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At present, phones will have to be this big again to accommodate a high-quality projector

Pico projectors are showing up everywhere. Cell phone concepts. Cameras. Even alarm clocks!

People ask us: aren’t you guys worried this will hurt your business?

Nah. As the kids in my hometown say, “we ain’t skerred.”

See, the projectors integrated into many gadgets and gadget concepts on the market today are low-lumen and low-resolution. They’re fine if you want to beam a picture from your digital camera on the wall. But if you want to really see the details in your photographic masterpiece, you’ll need a better, brighter projector.

That’s where we come in.

The portable projectors coming out in the next few months have about 30 times the brightness of the ones built into cameras and cell phone concepts. They also display content in HD and are capable of projecting bigger images.

The projectors integrated into cameras are gimmicks, which isn’t an insult. Heck, if we have to choose between two similar-priced cameras, we’ll pick the one with the built-in projector. Why not, right?

But to really show off the pics we just snapped, we’ll reach for a brighter HD pocket projector, like the new Vivitek Qumi or the LG HW300T, (both coming soon!) Then, after we view our photos, we’ll use the projector’s built-in HD tuner to watch some TV. And then we’ll probably take a nap.

What about the iPhone 5 pico projector rumors?

For now, they’re just rumors.

Digitimes.com reports that smartphone-size pico projector modules are unlikely to start mass shipping for a while now. They’re too dim, too low-res and draw too much power.

There will be about one million devices with pico projectors shipped worldwide in 2011, but prices will still remain unfriendly to consumers. Therefore, vendors are launching these devices to enhance their brand names through displaying the latest technologies and innovation; they do not really expect to ship large volumes…it would still take several years before the module’s price can drop to a friendlier level. – Digitimes.

And by the time these modules hit “friendlier” prices, the portable projectors on the market will be beyond awesome. In the past year alone, we’ve seen an increase in lumens, resolutions and extra features. No doubt, the future of pocket projectors is even brighter! (Pun intended.)