General Imaging ipico
Compact; easy to use; fun way to share social content
Content projection not the best quality
Among the heap of iOS peripherals on the market there are a special few that deliver something extra on top of what your mobile device can already do.
In the case of General Imaging’s cleverly designed projector for iPhone 3GS/4/4S and iPod touch (third- and fourth-generation), sharing media content with family and friends has taken on a life of its own.
The ipico is a hand-held projector that allows you to transfer images, social network feeds and video from your iDevice’s screen onto almost any 50in surface.
The device is compact at just under 1.5cm thick and features a simple pop-up connector and slide mechanism to hook up your iPhone or iPod touch. When the ipico is not in use, the connector slides down into the dock for safekeeping. The unit can be charged via its USB port and is air-cooled to prevent overheating.
Using the projector is straightforward: First download the free ipico app from the iOS App Store; from here you can navigate folders on your device where media – such as images and video – is stored.
The app also lets you flick through Facebook photos, play downloads via your iTunes account and create a list of favourite websites from which you can directly access and project content.
Next, slide your iDevice into the connector and aim the lens at a wall, door, projector screen or any other flat surface in a dimly-lit room. The projected image or video will automatically refocus to its secondary screen.
You can set the image size up to 50in, but you’ll find at this setting – coupled with HD resolution (960 x 540 pixels) – the reproduction for most content looks blurred. Opt for a smaller size to remedy this.
You can also pair the existing setup with Bluetooth-enabled speakers for an audio element.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
Overall, the ipico performed reasonably well; it’s not something we’d use to play a full-length movie, but for photo slideshows and the odd YouTube video it’s a fun social tool to share your favourite content with friends.