FAVI announces the Pico+ Smart Projector -- an All-in-One Android Projector PC
Android is a very robust operating system that finds itself in many places. Other than phones and tablets, it also runs on laptops, desktops and cameras to name a few. The secret to this diversity is that Google's mobile OS is powered by the open-source Linux kernel.
Today, Android is shoe-horned into yet another form; a projector. Yes, a company named FAVI announces the Pico+ Smart Projector, which is an All-in-One Android Projector PC. Is it cool, or just plain weird?
"The projector is lightweight, ultra-portable and features an integrated OS, allowing you to directly download and stream content directly from the device. The Pico+ Smart Projector eliminates the need of carrying a mobile device or additional hardware to provide content, making it easier than ever to stream your favorite apps and videos virtually anywhere", says FAVI.
The manufacturer further explains, "the Pico+ Smart Projector features a built-in Android 4.2.2 OS and also allows you to directly download media and run apps like Netflix, DropBox, Skype, and many more in Google Play. It is compatible with most smart devices, comes with built-in Wi-Fi and projects up to 120 inches, great for making presentations on the road or sharing videos with family and friends".
The company lists the following specifications:
|Operating System:||Android 4.2.2|
|CPU:||Dual Core 1.2 GHz|
|Display Technology:||.30 DMD Texas Instruments DLP|
|Native Resolution:||WVGA (858 x 480)|
|Supported Resolutions:||up to 1080p|
|Projected Image Size:||15 - 120 inch|
|Vertical Image Flip:||Yes|
|LED Lamp Life:||30,000 hours|
|Battery Life:||up to 2 hours|
|Power Consumption:||12V / 1.5A|
|Operating Temperature:||34°F - 95°F|
|Size:||3.9 x 3.9 x 1.0 inches|
|MicroSD (media playback):||1|
|USB (media playback):||1|
|Audio Output:||3.5mm line out|
|Built in Speaker:||Yes|
Since this is self-contained, including integrated buttons and touchpad on the top, this could prove useful in many scenarios. An educator can take advantage for showing YouTube videos and PowerPoint presentations in class without carrying another computer. A business could keep this in a conference room and access files on Dropbox for meetings. Quite frankly, this could prove perfect in a home for movie-night with the family; showing a movie in 120 inches on a wall would be fun!
If you are interested, you can purchase it here for a reasonable $499. If you buy it, tell me how you like it in the comments.