Google researching new method to ‘project’ smartphone display onto any screen

Even with their Chromecast streaming dongle, Google isn’t quite done exploring the world of shared screens. Their latest development, dubbed Open Project, promises to allow any smartphone to “project” its screen to any display with a minimum of hassle and no special hardware.

The basic setup: a QR code is called up on the display you wish to share your screen with. That code is read by the smartphone’s camera, which can then be used to position and size the projection on the secondary display. Once confirmed, a touch-enabled screen projection will pop up. Yes, you read that right. If the secondary display supports touch input, it can be used to control whatever is being shown on the smartphone’s screen.

The concept is still in the developmental stages, but it appears to do everything it promises based on a YouTube video demonstrating the technology. Open Project utilizes a special web server and requires no additional pairing or gizmos other than the initial QR code. Exactly how Google would implement the service on a larger scale is unknown, but it has the makings of something possibly quite useful. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • LightofHonor

    Ah, English. When project and project are different words meaning different things and pronounced differently.

    • Chris H

      It gets better too, we like to use some crazy ass form of measurement that makes very little sense and is only used by ~5% of the world! Winning!

      • Fred Marshall

        Hey…if I want to measure how big my cheeseburgers are in grams, I’ll go to Canada. If I want great free healthcare after I have multiple heart attacks…….I’ll go to Canada too.

  • Anthony McKay

    Like on Iron Man 2? @ 1:10

    • Tarun

      I want Tony Stark’s phone.

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  • Dan

    Hopefully google will make a more full featured one, but you can check out vscreens in the app market already.

  • paco cornholio

    Can’t wait to use my cell phone’s maps and music from my car’s LCD display. Upgrade the phone, car gets upgraded for free… common interface… Lower purchase cost for the car… Updated information in the car’s nav system. Can’t wait.

    • John Kiser

      Your nav system can display a browser window? Pretty cool if so

  • rabidhunter

    That’s pretty cool. I hope I didn’t waste $35 on Chromecast, ha. But with stuff like this, Balloons, self driving cars, Android, etc… Google is still #3 on Boston Consulting Group’s most innovative companies. #2 listed was Samsung… #1 for the past nine years, Apple. Crazieness, for all that Google has done.

  • rustygh

    “with a minimum of hassle and no special hardware.”

    wait a minute, what? oh ya sure they are, because blocking chromecast from the app that did just that shows they really want to be nice and do this for free. wake the f up. if they do it it will come with a catch/fee

    • master94

      Yes because Google charges money for all it’s services right?

    • John Kiser

      The chromecast app didn’t especially do that and was a work around to display anything through the chromecast unofficially. Google doesn’t want to deal with what could happen if people start doing this regularly and run into issues cuz people WILL call them

  • Ckburks

    Ok who all wants to buy me the wall of touchscreens please?

  • Ben Kapferer

    How interesting.