Puppy Cube is a projector that transforms any surface into a tablet
Pretty expensive tablet though.
The Puppy Cube is a pretty cool idea. It’s basically a projector that turns any essentially any surface into a touchscreen. Launched on Indiegogo at the somewhat hefty price of $799 ($1,499 after the campaign). Additionally, it can be used as a standalone entertainment system powered by Android.
Think of all the uses this will open up. You can have the recipe you’re cooking projected onto your countertop, so you don’t get floury hands all over a screen. Kids can watch their shows anywhere, without pestering you to use the main TV.
How about streaming movies to a wall while you’re on holiday or away on a business trip? You could even replace the traditional dreaded laptop+projector combo for business presentations.
Under the hood, there’s a quad-core processor with excellent video decoding abilities, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The projector is run by a 0.3-inch DLP laser display module from Texas Instruments that gives you 1,280 x 720p resolution. It will also accept full HD, 2K and 4K content.
The projector module can throw out 300 ANSI lumens with a 600:1 contrast that supports 100-percent of the NTSC color space and has HDR. The recommended throw is between 23 and 40 diagonal inches (this is the equivalent of the screen size of a normal screen), but it can stretch up to 100 inches. It has auto keystone correction and both auto and manual focus, the latter supplied via a wireless remote.
The part of the system that provides the touchscreen functionality can track up to 10 simultaneous finger touch points, and you won’t need a stupid stylus either.
The inbuilt 5,000 mAh battery is supposed to be good for 150 minutes of use between charges, and the system has two 5W speakers. You can also use the system as a portable Bluetooth speaker if you don’t need to project any images. But it if you’re using it just for sound, it’s a pretty expensive speaker.
There’s Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi for connectivity and it can mirror a smartphone or tablet display. The system runs on Android 6.0 with a custom puppyUI skin. That’s possibly disappointing in a device this expensive; really it should be running a newer Android version. Puppy Robotics does have plans to upgrade the Android version within a year, so we’ll see how that goes.
There’s also USB3.0, HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
How to get your hands on one
Puppy Robotics is aiming for a Q1 2019 commercial launch after the current Indiegogo campaign comes to an end. If you want one earlier than that, head on over to the Indiegogo campaign where you can pick one up for $799. Shipping is slated to start in December if you do plan on smashing that buy button.
Disclaimer: Remember, backing a crowdfunding campaign isn’t like buying at retail – you’re paying in to help a product come to market. Things could go wrong and your backed items might be delayed or even not arrive at all.
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