Sunday is back, so it’s time to share our featured crowdfunding project of the week. In this article series we find you the coolest products in pages like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where innovation is not lacking, but there is also plenty of technology we can live without.
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- Crowdfunding project of the week: HUB by Ekko makes wireless sound simple
- Crowdfunding project of the week: YOUMO modular power strip
Today we are taking a look at Lighty, an Android-powered smart projector that will make your downtime much more enjoyable. But there are plenty of good mobile projectors out there – what is it that makes Lighty special?
The manufacturer touts the device as a projector, mobile cinema, gaming device, internet radio and… a robot. At first glance it looks much like one of those bedside Android units, but tap the top part a couple times and a pico projector will emerge from the unit.
This projector can move around 360 degrees, adjust its tilt and auto-focus; all on its own. It can also be controlled manually or through gestures, and it will remember your favorite media-watching backdrops. Want to turn off the projector? Simply but your hand in front of the projector’s light and this will make it go off. These gestures work much like the Leap. You can move the projector around, turn it off, rise it and more.
Complimenting the great visual experience is also accompanied by a couple “nice-sounding speakers”. We are not sure how great these are, but the manufacturer claims Lighty offers much better sound than traditional mobile devices. It’s something that will also come in handy when listening to your music apps.
Lighty connects via WiFi and Bluetooth, so it’s simple to just connect to any smartphone or tablet. A specially customized screen is also available, though. The unit features an 8-core ARM CPU, 720p projection resolution, a couple 6W speakers and its own 5,000 mAh battery. The team claims that amount of juice should last about 5 hours of continuous playing, which is definitely not bad.
Ready to buy? Here’s the downer: this gadget is not cheap. The early bird special has it going for $650, but there are only 10 spots. After those get taken, you will have to pay $790 for it. Delivery is also slated for April 2017, so you have some waiting to do. Are any of you signing up?