Even in these lean times sometimes there is a need for face-to-face meetings and presentations. But just because you need to travel, doesn’t mean you should carry so much gear that you’d like require several Sherpas or other barriers to help you mount the campaign.
Fortunately, today’s digital tools can provide everything you’d need, and likely have it all fit conveniently in your carry-on bags. While we’re not quite at the point of the super high-tech world of pocket-sized James Bond styled do-everything devices, things are getting much closer.
In fact, there are a few mobile devices in the works that will allow you to make your Point Power presentation directly from your mobile phone, where you can cast an image on a plain white wall. This is something in development for Windows Mobile, and likely could be brought to a handset near you in the coming year.
Of course, this technology is also in development in Japan, where a mobile phone code named GPP2 can also transform to a portable mini-projector. But the problem with both of the aforementioned solutions is that size is still an issue. These devices can cast images that work for one-on-one, or possibly small group meetings and might be good for sales and client managers, but this isn’t quite ready for prime time if you have a larger group to present to; and in that case a portable projector might still need to make the trip in your carryon luggage.
Fortunately, the size of these micro-projectors continues to fall. And better still, the DLP technology from Texas Instruments – the same light engine that is used in digital projectors in movie theaters, as well as home theater projectors – can be made incredibly small. Companies including Microvision have shown off prototype micro-projectors that use three laser modules, which can cast a viewable screen of 80- to 90-inches. That’s reasonable for even larger-sized conference rooms.
The best part of this ultra sleek technology is that it isn’t hard to envision that it could easily be integrated as a simple plug-and-play device with a mobile phone, or on the flip side put into an ultraportable notebook PC designed specifically for presentations.
And for now the iPhone can already be part of your mobile presentation. An app I’ve covered recently will serve road warriors well for mobile presentations. This is the Air Mouse, an app that turns an iPhone or iPod Touch in a wireless mouse, trackpad or remote control. So if you can’t rely on a mobile projector and have to bring your laptop, this device will let you take control of the show – and because it includes a remote keyboard with function and arrow keys, as well as programmable hotkeys, it can do so better than the basic remotes, which merely let you go backward, and forward. That’s a whole lot better than having to break from your presentation to say, “next slide” please.
Check back every Wednesday for Mobile Business Traveler, where I’ll look at the latest tools and tips for how mobile can help you on the road.