I have reviewed two Android smart pico-projectors in the last couple of years, namely Doogee Smart Cube P1 and Rikomagic RKM R1. Both are battery powered, and worked well in the dark, but the Rikomagic model is my favorite of the two because it works without any major bugs, and I really like the touchpad on top as it made configuration and control really easy.
There’s now another model on Indiegogo that’s been very popular so far with over one million dollars raised. Nebula Capsule may look like a soda can, but it integrates a pico-projector, a 360° speaker, a board running Android 7.0, and a battery allowing you to carry it around and use it on any a flat surface.
Capsule projector specifications:
- SoC – Quad core Cortex A7 processor with Adreno 304 GPU (likely Snapdragon 210/212)
- System memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash
- 0.2″ DLP technology up to 100 lumens
- Resolution – 854×480 (WVGA)
- Lamp Life – 30,000 hours
- Projection – Area – 20 to 100″; distance: 0.58 to 3.08 meters; throw ratio: 1.3:1
- Keystone correction – automatic, vertical: -/+ 40 degrees
- Manual focus
- Video Input – HDMI 1.4 port
- Audio – Built-in 360° speaker (5W)
- Video Codecs – 8-bit H.265, H.264, MPEG-4, Divx 4x/5x/6x, and VP8 up to 1080p, H.263 up to VGA resolution
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 1x micro USB OTG port also used for charging
- Misc – IR receiver; power/volume/mode switch buttons on top of device, cooling fan (<30 dB @ 25 dB environment)
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
- Battery – 5,200 mAh @ 3.85V; Quick Charge 2.0 support with full charge in 2.5 hours @ 9V/2A; good for 2.5 hours video playback @ 100 lumens
- Dimensions – 12cm (h) x 6.8cm (Ø)
- Weight – ~420 grams
The projector runs Android 7.0, and can also work as a Bluetooth speaker. It supports OTA firmware update, screencast from your phone, and Nebula app store with 300 apps for now (GMS certification is being worked on to get the Google Play Store). A Bluetooth remote control working for Android and iOS will also be provided.
The projector will ship with an IR remote control, and power supply with cable. The crowdfunding campaign is almost finished with about one day to go. All easrly bird rewards are long gone, but you can still pledge for the projector for $269, or $299 if you want a tripod and carry case. Shipping adds $15, and delivery is scheduled for December 2017.
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.