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Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4

Laura Clinton, May 11, 2012

In order to make your way into my heart, you must be functional, straightforward, and free of baggage. Following these criteria, I fell in love with the Brookstone Pocket Projector. This iPhone 4 accessory combines my two favorite things: convenience and entertainment. Perhaps even more important, it keeps my kids quiet for hours. The appeal of this pico projector is that it does not require its own bag of accessories. It simply piggybacks onto my iPhone, leaving my hands free for the innumerable tasks of a mom on the go. From impromptu movies in the backyard to slideshows at team victory parties, I have been equally impressed with both its image quality and utility.

When the projector arrived, I was thrilled to find a one page user manual written for not only the techies of the world, but also for those who still have no idea what USB stands for. This device is easy. I charged it via my computer's USB port. I slid my cherished iPhone into the projector and set off to conquer the world. Weighing about the same as a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer, the projector added no weight to the duffle bag I call a purse. It mingled nicely with the Nintendo DS and bottle of Motrin that accompany every adventure. I knew this accessory was gold when my six-year-old used it to watch Netflix movies on the back of a folding sports chair while attending his brother's soccer tournament. After the final game, the parents and players were able to relive the victory through a team slideshow projected onto the side of a minivan. Ideally, the picture is best when you have a smooth, white surface, but in my family, it is all about using what is available at the moment, and this device completely adapts to its environment.

A terrific surprise came after a week of using my pocket projector for picture slideshows, home videos, soccer skills training, and countless episodes of Smurfs on YouTube. While playing a heated game of Temple Run, my iPhone's battery was threatening to sabotage my mission. However, with my iPhone still docked in the projector, I was able to simply slide its power switch to the "Charge" setting, and the projector charged my phone. Yes, you read me correctly. It went above and beyond the call of duty. If it were a man, I would have married it. Not only can this accessory display a beautiful 50 inch image onto the backyard fence but it can double as a quick charger while you search for that always elusive power cord. All joking aside, this is pure genius.

Having already professed my love and affection for this projector, as is the case in most relationships, I'd make a couple of changes if I could. First, the focus wheel is tedious. For such a remarkable device, the wheel seems somewhat prehistoric. It was difficult to adjust without having to pick up the device and elicit angry comments from the peanut gallery. Like many of its pico projector brethren, the volume is weak. It simply cannot stand up to a group of 9 year old boys cheering on Harry Potter. Your kids will be forced to practice their "quiet voices." Finally, with a retail price of $230, weighing the value of this device in one's life becomes very individual. In the busy life of this mom, it serves way too many purposes and warrants the two months of shaken iced teas I had to give up to buy it.

The true beauty of the Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 is that the complexity of the device is fully hidden from the end user. They have found a way to take the complicated, yet truly amazing pico projector technology of Texas Instruments and turn it into a must-have accessory. We all know that the goal of pico technology is integration into smartphones. Until such time, this is the next best thing.

Reader Comments(28 comments)

Posted May 11, 2012 7:00 PM PST

By John

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Great to see the real world application here!

Posted May 11, 2012 8:27 PM PST

By E Tait

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I found this article entertaining s well as informative. I have been looking for product like this projector. As a working mom entertainment is necessary for down time with my away games with my son"s soccer team. I don't have the time to think ahead this fits. I am not a tech person and like to read what real people think. I research everything before buying this was a breath of fresh air. I could relate.

Posted Oct 27, 2012 3:22 PM PST

By Jack Legal

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does it work for presentation using the iPhone? am a realtor and would good if I can use for presentation- been also looking at Microvision Show WX- but this iPhone Projector has nothing else to lug around.

Posted Dec 14, 2012 11:52 AM PST

By Syd

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I received this projector by total coincidence from a friend coming back from Japan and when tried to find a review and tech specs on famous gadget sites like Engadget and likes, shockingly found none ! Later i realized i got my hands on this in Tehran-Iran before it gets to North Amerca market since the actual manufacturer is a Japanese company !!!! How funny and stupid is that :D So as a Mac tech support for almost two decades I decided to test drive it myself ! We've sold a few pico projectors in our store and some of them were very cool and flexible considering ports and connections but none of them produced a sharp and high contrast picture so I didn't have high hopes for this one. But boy, it's fantastic ! The picture is sharp and is easyto fucos ! Brightness and contrast are great and the fact that u put the iphone inside it, makes it very easy to use since there's no cable clutter ! Compact size, geat picture quality and charging capabilty makes it a perfect companion for your iPhone if you watch movies on the go ! It's small size nad low weight made it a permanent resident of my carrying bag :) And if u manage to find a 30pin doc connector extender (available between USD 10-25) you can connect your ipad or older iPhones as well ! I wish there was a mirroring option so it could be used for presentation or gaming, then it would be the ultimate multimedia gadget for iPhone :D

Posted Jan 17, 2013 11:46 PM PST

By Wade

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Have you tried getting this to work with an iPhone 5 and a Lightning adapter? I did. Could not get it to work. I was hoping that maybe you did and had better luck.



Posted Jan 29, 2013 11:25 PM PST

By Charlie

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I feel like an idiot. Everyone loves this product, but I can't make it work. I carefully read and followed the instructions. With the unit fully charged I plugged in my iphone. The Brookstone logo comes up on the wall and then....nothing...just a blue square...no picture. I get the picture on the iphone, but nothing is projected. What am I doing wrong? Brookstone only offers to take it back for credit...no tech support at all.

Posted Feb 5, 2013 6:53 PM PST

By Mark

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Same exact thing with me!!!!

Posted Mar 1, 2013 7:31 AM PST

By Emilie

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Anyone knows if its possible to take photos with ur iphone while using the Brookstone projector? Is there a cable that can be use? Can the projector be removed from the lil pocket thing? TY

Posted Mar 11, 2013 8:41 PM PST

By Clark

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This OBVIOUSLY won't work with the iPhone 5. I has been OVERLY AND WIDELY discussed that the lightning adapter does not support video.. Do you people not even ATTEMPT to research basic answers on your own?

Posted Apr 22, 2013 12:05 PM PST

By Francis

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I just bought this product and have been able to get it to work, but only sporadically. I have had some success turning the projector of and on while the video is running and also sliding the phone off and on with video running and projector on. Sometimes I get the blue projection, sometimes the video, and sometimes my phone gets an error message that the product is not designed for my phone. I read somewhere that the projector does not work at all with iOS 6 (which is not entirely my experience), but I have not tried downgrading to iOS 5, which possibly is the software that the projector was designed for.

Posted May 14, 2013 6:07 AM PST

By Prem

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hi, can I know which is the best iphone apps for Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4?

Posted Oct 5, 2013 10:33 AM PST

By john wijnberg

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I can show video but strangely not still photos...what could be wrong?

Posted Dec 7, 2013 11:55 PM PST


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Posted Dec 29, 2013 10:00 PM PST

By Quinn

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wow thought clark was being a stupid meanie

till i realized he of course talk about lightning to 30 pin adapter

not one of the many lightning video adapters

Posted Jan 9, 2014 12:16 PM PST

By dennis

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Hello, i having also the telstar mp07 projector,but on my iphone4 it doesn't work. projout says ''device not found'' its working on ios 7.0.4.

on a iphone 4S ios 7.0.4 it works fine,also on my ipod touch4G ios 6.1.5 its working.. i have tested my iphone4 whit itunes a cheked if there a problem whit my dock connecter and no defect.found.

what can it be thats it doens't make a connection? projout doesn't work unfortunately.

greets from dennis.

Posted Jan 14, 2014 8:55 AM PST

By Jean Lee

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I can not get my new Brookstone pocket projector to work. The Brookstone logo comes up and then a blue screen with "no signal" comes up. The movie works on my phone. Please help. Jean

Posted Jun 18, 2014 4:25 PM PST

By Jen

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what apps can I use to use my projector with my iPhone 4S since they removed they "Go Universal" app?

Posted Sep 5, 2014 10:51 PM PST

By todd

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I can't get my brookstone projector to work.. I was so pumped to get it and now I cant get it to work with my phone. when I turn it on all I get is a blue screen... really bummed out can anyone help???

Posted Sep 20, 2014 3:25 AM PST

By Sajid khan

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When I updated my iPhone 4s then projector made for iPhone 4s Telstar projector is not working properly and shows the message that this device is not supported by this iphone .why it is so can anyone tell me plz

Posted Feb 6, 2015 5:11 PM PST

By Tom Byrne

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I've also been unable to use the Brookstone projector since the IOS updated to 7 and it's really unfortunate. This is one of those gadgets that you really don't want to loose. I've done everything including attempting to hack my phone but nothing has worked. It's a genuine loss. I hoped to find an app that would bridge the gap.

Posted Feb 7, 2015 8:48 AM PST

By Tom Byrne

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If it's any consolation, Go universal are working on an update for the App that works with iphone4 under the IOS 7.1 There's no news yet but you can check out their site here. https://sensortower.com/ios/us/platform-development-inc/app/go-universal/571988915

Brookstone should really have this link in their product listing.

Posted Feb 7, 2015 8:54 AM PST

By Tom Byrne

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There's no news yet but the link here suggests that the company is working on an upgrade of IOS 7.1 however the link to the company website doesn't work. http://www.platformdevelopmentinc.com/go-univ


Posted Mar 14, 2015 3:17 PM PST

By Dave

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Same problem. Shame on brookstone ?

Posted Nov 10, 2015 6:38 AM PST

By guru

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I was very happy with this product however I don't seem to get a signal can anybody assist

Posted Dec 15, 2015 7:07 PM PST

By dick

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it only works with netflix.

Posted Dec 25, 2015 8:42 AM PST

By Sean

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Hey everyone - I'm on ios 7.1.2 and I have the answer for you! Ymplayer lite works for everything except straight web browsing. You can load streaming videos from youtube etc though.

Posted Mar 16, 2016 1:25 PM PST

By Perfect_Timing

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What is ymplayer lite? There is no entry for it in the app store and pretty much nothing comes up when googling it.

As far as I can tell, this device is a paperweight. The manufacturer went out of business and never upgraded the drivers for it and since iOS went to v7 (not to mention v8), the device isn't recognized at all and will not output any video from the phone whatsoever. Has anyone managed a hardware hack for it?

Posted Mar 17, 2016 12:08 AM PST

By Perfect_Timing

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Found another compatible app... "Video Tube" will play out to the projector and accesses YouTube videos.


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