Why the iPad could be your next home theater

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“Help me, Tim Cook, you’re my only hope.”

In an age in which the latest movies can be watched on your iPad or even iPhone, it’s questionable exactly what the point of going to an actual movie theater is. Unless you’re a fan of seeing movies projected, that is.

Well, soon Apple may be set to┬ádisrupt Hollywood in that area too — at least if you believe a patent published on Tuesday.

Describing a Video Delivery System Using Tablet Computer and Detachable Micro Projectors, the application asserts that future iPads may feature one or two detachable projectors, which users would clip onto (or otherwise sync with) their iOS devices to turn their front rooms, office walls, or even the back of a train seat into a miniature screening room.

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The patent notes how the iPad is used as a remote control that controls the operation of delivering a video file through the projectors, while the tablet plays the audio portion of the presentation using its in-built speakers.

It would even be possible to increase the screen size, as the patent goes on to explain how the two projectors could be positioned to project two adjacent screens that would each show a portion of the the bigger picture.

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The iProjectors could even work wirelessly in one iteration.

While the majority of drawings in the patent describe the mini-projectors as clipping on to the iPad, not all of them do. In one iteration, the projectors would work wirelessly, which would make a lot more sense and avoid your iPad being made unnecessarily bulky.

The Video Delivery System Using Tablet Computer and Detachable Micro Projectors patent was filed on January 30, 2012.

Now we just have to wait and see if Apple will actually make one — and hope that some iBore won’t use it as an excuse to broadcast their family movies at every possible convenience.

  • Brady Wurtz

    because that’s what i want to hear my movies from, a small stereo speaker on my ipad. why go to a theater with a state of the art surround sound system that makes you feel the movie, when you can listen to it on a small stereo speaker. brilliant.

  • stickyicky97

    I can see this being useful while traveling or in other remote situations, but it will never replace a home theater system due to sound. I can’t see 4 or more people sitting around an iPad or with earphones on just to watch a movie………..they may be able to eventually project 1080p or higher resolution from an iPad via a projector, but that’s probably a while off. Now if they come up with a way to connect the audio via bluetooth to your speaker receivers while projecting the movie in HD, then maybe.

    • jfjuk

      AirPlay to Apple TV connected to the projector. Boom.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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