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The 30″ mobile phone screen from Mobintech

It’s not long ’til I hitch a Virgin Atlantic flight direct to Las Vegas for the week long mobilefest that is CTIA Wireless (“Spring”). I’m looking forward to it. The Americans always have a particularly smart viewpoint on ‘mobil’ (as apposed to ‘mobile’).

Even if 99% of the American population is using a piece of rubbish handset — a glorified alarm clock — all you need is a $49 iPhone Nano and the market could change quite dramatically. Of course, that won’t happen for a while.

Meantime, let’s do a little bit of future gazing in the form of Mobintech’s PDG.

Not up with the lingo?

PDF = Personal Display Glasses.

For mobile television. And, one assumes, for mobile screens in general. Can you imagine a mobile version of Tweetdeck running on your iPhone on a 30″ screen in front of you? Nice.

There’s a snap of a girl using a pair.

Here’s another snap:

You can’t, I assume, see through these. You couldn’t walk down the street wearing them. Instead you can look cool on the plane watching the latest Bourne epic at 30″.

I’ll take two please.

That said I’m not sure society is ready for these. At least, the patrons of the 0040 vomit-comet from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria would not be impressed at seeing someone operating a pair.

Here are the supplied key bullet points:

Digital solution
Powered and operated by the phone
Low power consumption gives much longer viewing time
Viewing is similar to a 30 inch TV experience from a distance of 2 meters
Plug and Play
Low weight and comfortable to wear
Hands free viewing
Corrective lenses
Scandinavian Design

I’m interested. Very interested.

Mobintech are at www.mobintech.com.

No news on prices yet.

By the way you’ll be able to ready my CTIA coverage — opinion and perspective, I suspect, ‘coverage’ is the wrong word now — over at www.ewan.net. (We’ll have discontinued MIR by the time I arrive Las Vegas.)

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

3 replies on “The 30″ mobile phone screen from Mobintech”

The likes of Mobintech and Vuzix really need to start collaborating with handset and PMP maker. They really need to add some kind of mini-HDMI, mini-component or what-have-you as these things will always suck when all there is to feed them is a dodgy composite connection.

Yet again, a likely* venture-capital-backed product that appeals to venture capitalists. i.e. wealthy businessmen who fly lots and have too much spare cash.

No, I'm being unfair. They are Danish, so the style is moderately less horrendous than the American ones from Vusix and MyVu.

Q: why doesn't the girl just watch a TV? Is she in a yoga class? At home? Why do they never show these in use in the ONLY likely place: a long-haul flight?

And modern long-haul entertainment is now pretty darn good – many now offer a huge selection of individual movie-on-demand. The need for personal displays has evaporated with the surge in sub-notebooks and in-seat displays.

I've had access to loads of these devices for years. Never seemed remotely appealing. There's always a laptop to hand. Or an iPhone/iPod Touch.

“Can you imagine a mobile version of Tweetdeck running on your iPhone on a 30″ screen in front of you?”

No, not at all. Stuff like Twitter is for the small parcels of time – in a lift, on hold, in a cab. Not a protracted session.

Sorry Ewan, but I'm piloting in the Fail Whale on this one.

* their company website doesn't say how they are funded. And I can't face delving into the Danish company records on such a lovely afternoon.

Yet again, a likely* venture-capital-backed product that appeals to venture capitalists. i.e. wealthy businessmen who fly lots and have too much spare cash.

No, I'm being unfair. They are Danish, so the style is moderately less horrendous than the American ones from Vusix and MyVu.

Q: why doesn't the girl just watch a TV? Is she in a yoga class? At home? Why do they never show these in use in the ONLY likely place: a long-haul flight?

And modern long-haul entertainment is now pretty darn good – many now offer a huge selection of individual movie-on-demand. The need for personal displays has evaporated with the surge in sub-notebooks and in-seat displays.

I've had access to loads of these devices for years. Never seemed remotely appealing. There's always a laptop to hand. Or an iPhone/iPod Touch.

“Can you imagine a mobile version of Tweetdeck running on your iPhone on a 30″ screen in front of you?”

No, not at all. Stuff like Twitter is for the small parcels of time – in a lift, on hold, in a cab. Not a protracted session.

Sorry Ewan, but I'm piloting in the Fail Whale on this one.

* their company website doesn't say how they are funded. And I can't face delving into the Danish company records on such a lovely afternoon.

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