One of the frustrating things about carrying around these small computers they call smartphones is the fact that no matter how cool the apps and games are, they’re always limited to a small screen, which can spoil the fun somewhat. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to make the screen larger for a bit more flexibility when out and about?
We like the idea of the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector, because it’s the first one we’ve seen that also doubles up as a portable battery charger for your phone or tablet. The integrated 3800mAh rechargeable battery stocks enough power to give you at least a full charge on a conventional smartphone, and the fact that you can use it to play games, hold video conferences and use apps at 60″ screen size on a nearby wall, is really a bonus.
Now you know as well as we do that 80 lumens is not going to light up your life in terms of visibility in bright sunlight, but as long as you have a fairly shaded surface to beam it to, it should be more than enough for an enjoyable display from your handheld. The device lasts 2 hours on a charge, comes with built in speakers and outputs to 1080i from any HDMI enabled device.
If your phone doesn’t have an HDMI output socket, you can use the special MHL adapter to convert its microUSB socket. The projector costs $299.99 including an HDMI cable, an MHL adapter and charger block.