Anker's projector brand, Nebula, released the Nebula Mars earlier this year. If you read our review, you'll know it was a pretty solid portable projector, but the software experience left a bit to be desired. Today, Anker launched the Nebula Capsule on Indiegogo, a smaller projector with (what seems to be) much improved software.
The Nebula Capsule is only slightly bigger than a soda can, but it's apparently capable of projecting an image of up to 100" across with 100 ANSI Lumens of brightness. The resolution of 854x480 is a bit disappointing, but that's to be expected from a projector of this size. The Capsule also has a 360-degree omnidirectional speaker (like an Amazon Echo), and can even function as a standalone Bluetooth speaker.
As for battery life, Anker is claiming up to 2.5 hours of continuous video, or 40 hours of non-stop music playback (in Bluetooth speaker mode). That's about how long the company's larger Mars projector lasts on a single charge. The device is charged with a microUSB port, with some form of quick charging supported.
Like the Nebula Mars, this runs a modified build of Android. But instead of the ancient Android 4.4 that the Mars had, this has Android 7.0 Nougat. The specifications page simply lists "App Store," leading me to believe that this won't have the Google Play Store (the Nebula Mars didn't have it either). Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Spotify, and Amazon Prime Video will be supported at the very least. Having Android Nougat should allow for far more apps to be sideloaded, and you can use the HDMI port to connect another streaming device (like a Chromecast or Fire TV Stick).
The Nebula Capsule starts at $199 at the 'Super Early Bird' tier. As that runs out, it goes up to $219, then $249, and finally $269. When the projector hits store shelves, it will cost $349. If it reaches the $50,000 funding goal, Anker expects to ship the Capsule in December of this year. You can back it on Indiegogo at the source link below.
Anker Launches Nebula Capsule, A New Smart Entertainment Projector
Nebula Capsule is a pocket-sized cinema with sleek design, superior sound and picture quality; Now Available For Pre-Order on Indiegogo
Seattle, WA – September 28, 2017-- Today, Anker Technology, a global leader in charging technology and a developer of connected devices to support smarter audio, driving and the emerging smart home space, launched the Nebula Capsule on Indiegogo. Small and mighty, the Nebula Capsule is the only Android 7.0 base smart DLP projector thoughtfully designed for dual use. It can turn any mobile device into an immersive shared cinematic experience as well as function as a standalone high-quality Bluetooth speaker.
PARTNERING WITH CONSUMERS
“Launching the Nebula Capsule on the Indiegogo platform creates an immediate feedback loop with consumers. We hope to refine features based on insights from those who will enjoy the sights and sounds of Nebula Capsule in real-life scenarios,” says Anker CEO Steven Yang.
“We are breathing life into a new space with the first smart projector designed to support superior sound and music. The Nebula Capsule is a perfect combination of what we do best – find inspiration in fun places, design with the consumer in mind and deliver exceptional sound, power and picture quality at an accessible price point.”
BUILT FOR CONTENT
The Nebula Capsule builds on the momentum in the portable entertainment projector space created by its recently released sister the Nebula Mars. Connectivity and content were top of mind when designing the Nebula Capsule. It features expanded content options with built in Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video as well as an evolving appstore that seamlessly connects to devices via Bluetooth, HDMI, AirPlay, Chromecast or Miracast to make sharing a favorite show, video game or live sporting event with friends fun and easy.
DESIGNED TO BE MOBILE
Initially inspired by the size and simplicity of a commonly used soda can, the Nebula Capsule has 5W speakers to create 360° of omnidirectional sound with intelligent amplifier. It can make your latest binge-watching sound crystal clear, or it can be used as a standalone Bluetooth speaker for your musical trips down memory lane. Anker’s world-leading battery technology is built in for 2.5 hours of movie playtime and 40 hours of music into a small space at 4.7 in by 2.7in and under 15 oz for a truly portable entertainment projector.
Nebula represents an exciting new class of smart, portable entertainment products. This includes our new line of smart projectors. These devices are breathing new life into the projector space in 5 key ways: beautiful and portable designs, incredible sound, amazing battery life, rich content and smart AI.
Anker Technology is a multinational company with offices in the US, Japan, and China. Anker Technology is a global leader in charging technology and a developer of connected devices to support smarter audio, driving and the emerging smart home space. Today, Anker Technology is focused on developing a new class of products lead by our five key consumer electronic brands: ANKER, EUFY, ZOLO, NEBULA, and ROAV.
Learn more about Anker and their products at www.anker.com.
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