Here’s an idea I came up with while on a walk tonight. There’s a 50-percent chance it’s already been invented — if it has, tell me where to find it.
The world needs a PC projector that will cache the displayed image. Say I’m tooling through my presentation in front of Mr. Venture Capitalist and I suddenly need to find something on a Web site.
Now, I don’t want Mr. VC to see me fumbling around the Web (I’m supposed to know what I’m doing, right?), so the only choice I have is to shut off the projector or suspend the connection from the laptop so that I can Google without being displayed to the room. Room goes dark, there’s an uncomfortable silence, and it’s painfully obvious that everyone is waiting on me.
But what if I could freeze the image displayed from the projector? That way, VC and Co. could continue to look at the last slide I was showing them (my partner would chime in here with something witty to take the focus off me) and I could search away.
When I finally found what I needed and my screen looked like I wanted it to, I could resume the projector. Extra points if I could fade in from the last displayed image to my current screen.
Does this exist? If so, show me. If not, I just gave away a million dollar idea. That should be engraved on my tombstone.