French Startup Aims to Make Home Projectors Easy
Alexander Neil / 3 years ago
Films viewed over a projector are a luxury most only get to enjoy at the local cinema. Whether it’s the price of the projector itself, the setup required and even the needed extras like space and a screen, having a home cinema with a projector isn’t easy. Luckily for cinema fans, AV Concept Products, a French startup, has begun a campaign to bring wireless smart projectors to the market.
The All in One (AiO) HC is more than just a projector, and it needs to be to set itself apart. In reality, it is a wireless, Android powered smart projector, able to make use of its Android OS in order to stream from services such as Netflix directly, as well as being compatible with AirHDMI, allowing for video to be captured wirelessly from any device with a HDMI port. Packing up to 1000 lumens from its lamp, the AiO should be able to function even in a lit room.
However, it’s not all positives, the most obvious being the price. AV Concept Products are targeting a $1499 price point for the projector once released, making it cost easily more than two or three times more than most consumer projectors. This is offset by the offering of a subscription service, allowing customers to get their hands on an AiO for as little as $19.99 per month through a subscription, but the terms of this are currently unannounced. The display output is also limited to 720p, which could also be a killer for film fans, with 1080p TVs and projectors easily available and 4k Blu-Ray in the near future; while a 1080p version is apparently in the works, it risks an even higher price point still.
Overall, the AiO seems like a good idea, but risks having no place on the market, being unaffordable to the market that it would appeal to and with specs below what big spenders may expect. The AiO definitely has a future if it can offer 1080p at a distinctly lower price point, but until then it definitely has some hurdles to cross. For those undaunted, the AiO can be snagged at as low as $999 for its supporters on Indiegogo.