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CES: Video projector comes to your cellphone

January 8, 2009 | 10:03 am

Cellphone projector LAS VEGAS -- Sure you can watch videos on some cellphones, but the picture is so tiny.

Now comes a solution. At CES, Samsung and Texas Instruments debuted the first cellphone with a tiny video projector hidden inside that can shine whatever is on the screen onto a wall, the back of a notebook or even a friend's shirt.

It can show photos, slides, movies and live TV if your phone is set up for that.

The projector, which uses the same Texas Instruments technology as big-screen DLP TVs, produces a perfectly watchable image.

But the first phone to use it, by Samsung, will be available only in Korea later this month.

Here in the U.S., we'll have to wait before showing "Sponge Bob Square Pants" on an actual pair of pants.

-- David Colker

Photo: Texas Instruments executive Jim Bucklar has a CNN video projected onto his shirt. Credit: Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times