Android Computer-in-a-Projector: The New EPICT EPP-100
You know what most of the cool gadgets nowadays have in common? Displays. Screens. Often-tiny, glare-tinged screens, too, which make older eyes squint when trying to read web pages and make watching videos outside a chore. Well, the people at EPICT clearly put two and two together, here, and its new EPP-100 lacks a screen completely. Relying on any blank stretch of wall as its display, the EPP-100 is a tiny projector that runs Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean.”
The cube-shaped device has a brightness rating of 35 Lumens and can shine you an 80-inch (maximum, and I assume diagonal) image with a resolution of 800x480-pixels. Yes, that resolution is pretty low, and you'll likely want to dim your room's lights, but keep in mind that the device itself measures just 68x62x57mm (2.7”x2.4”x2.2”) and weighs 210 grams. Most games and apps should work fine, but some newer websites may require you to scroll horizontally.
On that note, EPICT has included internet connectivity through WiFi, and Bluetooth support. While a vaguely-described “Track&Click” function built onto the device could serve as a mouse, you can attach keyboards, mice and headphones via Bluetooth or wired equivalents with the full-size USB 2.0 port and headphone jack instead. While useful for games and social networking, such additions can also allow one to be reasonably productive with the EPP-100 – even allowing some essay-writing on the wall if you really want to.
Meanwhile, 4GB of internal storage can be extended by a microSD slot good for 32GB, and one can access both on a normal PC, as on any ordinary Android device, via a microUSB plug on the side. Running the show is a dual-core ARM CPU running at 1.2Ghz, backed by 512MB of RAM – both are good enough for most tasks.
If one of those tasks would happen to include 1080p FullHD video playback, such as watching movies in your dorm with friends, the EPP-100 can theoretically do it – the chipset can, but the low resolution of the projector will limit you to 480p. Doh! That's still not too bad, though – that's DVD quality. Apps catering to other interests can be quickly downloaded from the Google Play Store, though things like OfficeSuite and Gmail are installed out of the box.
But did EPICT think to include a battery inside the EPP-100 for truly convenient operation? Maybe. The specs page mentions a few variations of the word “charge” at a few points, and a standby time of one week is given, but that's all. One of the official photos shows the device running cordless, though, so expect around four hours of battery life per charge – surely long enough for most work presentations and a couple of movies.
In the end, the grab-and-go convenience of the EPICT EPP-100 as a self-contained, battery-powered, Android-toting pico projector certainly has its merits – enough, perhaps, to warrant the $221 that EPICT wants for each one. You can pre-order one here on Pandawill, with shipping-out looking to start at the end of this month. (Via Liliputing)
Those who would rather just use their own smartphone to do the grunt work but still want the projector part to be similarly portable ought to look at a normal pico projector, such as this one.