Android based projectors are nothing new, and I’ve covered a few with products such as Smartbeam, EPICT EPP-100, or Zeco CX5, but TouchPico brings something extra in that you can also tap on your wall with a stylus, in a similar way that you would tap on a tablet or smartphone with your finger or a capacitive stylus. It will also let you stream videos, display PowerPoint or Impress presentations, and anything else you can think of, on a display up to 80″ in size, and is portable with a built-in battery lasting up to two hours and a half.
TouchPico hardware specifications listed in Indiegogo comments’ section:
- SoC – Dual core cortex A9 processor @ 1.6 GHz (Probably Rockhip RK3066)
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 4GB flash (no micro SD slot)
- 0.3″ DLP; RGB LED; native resolution: 854 x 480; aspect ratio: 16:9
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1; .Throw Ratio: 1.6; Color Temperature: 6500 Kelvin;
- Screen Size: 12″-80″; Screen Distance:0.5-6m;
- Brightness: 100 lumens (normal mode)
- Lamp life: 20,000 hours.
- Touch Support – Optical touch sensor built in, support stylus single point touch, touch input compatible with all Android apps.
- Video Inputs – HDMI and AV
- Audio – Stereo earphone jack, built-in speaker
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
- USB – micro USB OTG
- Battery – Li-Po battery. Capacity not disclosed, but good for 1h30 to 2h30 according to the CEO.
- Power Consumption – Typical: 5V/2.5A
This projector mini PC runs Android 4.4, with Google Play pre-installed. That’s according to the specs listed in comments, but the actual Indiegogo page refers to Android 4.0, which hopefully is incorrect.
The stylus pictured above enabled single touch capability for the projector. It embeds an infrared emitter that sends data captured by a tiny infrared camera located in the projector, where the signal is processed to convert it into coordinates.
You can watch the video to see what can be done with this projectors. In some scenes, the projected image seems just too bright to be real though (e.g. Skype call scene).
The company behind the project is now looking for funds ($55,000) via Indiegogo (flexible funding), and at the time of writing they got 98% of funding with 29 days to go. You can now pledge $309 (early bird #4) to get the projector on October, in about in about 3 to 4 months time. Shipping costs $30 outside of the US, and the retail price is expected to be $499.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.