When I give a digital projection presentation, it is often convenient to have a laser pointer and screen controller so I can roam around, yet move the display as needed. This used to require separate dedicated devices, but at CES 2015, I found a really nifty combo unit that works with my iPhone.
The new iPin (from Hyper or FOME) is the world's smallest laser presenter for the iPhone 5 & 5S (also works with iPad and iPod touch). It is so small, it fits almost completely inside the headphone minijack. Together with the free iPin app, I have been able to wirelessly control presentation slides on my computer right from my iPhone 6 plus (on which it works just fine). No more fumbling for the misplaced laser pointer, wireless presenter and batteries.
My iPhone is everything needed to perform the tasks a professional presenter must do, but it is missing just that one little thing: a laser beam. iPin delivers the full package with a laser made so small that it fits perfectly inside the 3.5mm headphone minijack of any recent iPhone. Just plug it in, and the iPhone is immediately equipped with a high brightness 635nm laser beam.
Even nicer, it can stay inside the headphone minijack without affecting phone functions (except the earbuds). With its innovative ON/OFF design just turn the iPin 90 degrees, and I can answer incoming calls or view the screen without removing your iPin.
With this iPin and iPin app, I’m no longer tied to my computer or extra devices to flip slides or blacken the screen. iPin gives you the luxury and freedom to walk and talk. Using iPin laser, its power consumption is as low as playing a song while delivering a superior quality laser beam, despite its tiny size.
Made with delicate engineering and leading-edge design, stabilizing laser light in a dynamic working environment is a challenge, especially when stored in a tiny space lacking heat dissipater. The mini laser smartly stabilizes light power by itself and is more compact than those used in an ultra slim DVD drive.
Simply connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC using WiFi, or the innovative BTtogo Bluetooth Receiver, then take full control of a presentation in just seconds. Requiring zero setup, there is no need Host program, just plug and play. Applying Bluetooth 4.0 Smart technology, BTtogo overcomes instability in a noisy WiFi environment, providing better presentation quality.
As an added bonus, this USB dongle even contains a micro SD card reader which can allow users to store the presentation files (which means you can immediately share a presentation from any computer). This setup can work well on a public computer, classroom desktop, auditorium laptop or other shared environment.
The iPin app reads my intuitive finger movements to flip pages and shine the laser beam. The app includes a countdown alarm that helps to keep my presentation on time while the auto-dimming backlight helps to save power consumption under presentation mode. When needed, I can even drag up the trackpad to remotely control mouse curser during my presentation. It slides and clicks just like a normal mouse. It's very effective, easy to use, and a convenient resource in almost any location.
Go to ipinlaser.com/iPin to learn more about the iPin, and ipinlaser.com/BTtogo for more about the Bluetooth Receiver. The iPin is compatible with the iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5/5c/5s/6, the iPod Touch 4G/5G, and all iPads (although reported to not be compatible with the iPhone 6 plus, it works fine with mine).
The basic iPin (or extended version for iPhone with a case) can be purchased for $49.95 from hypershop.com/iPin. The FOME iPin Mobile-Powered Laser Pointer Presenter can be purchased for $103.99 from amazon.com/ipin. The iPin BTtogo is available for $34.97 from amazon.com/BTtogo. The complete setup of iPin Laser Presenter Dustproof For iPhone 5/5S is available for $131.74 from amazon.com/iPin-Laser-Presenter. If you do frequent presentations, these devices are a valuable and convenient asset.