Crowdfunding Spotlight: ODIN

Crowdfunding Spotlight: ODIN

Jun 26, 2014

Having a projector is a great luxury, but due to their large size and weight they are not exactly the easiest things to transport. Throw in some fragile bulbs and an expensive projector is not exactly something to throw in the back of a car for a weekend. There are a handful of portable projectors, but they are usually very limited in their capabilities and their picture quality can be generously deemed less than impressive. Plus, taking them somewhere also means bringing a laptop to plug into and for some that is also slightly inconveinent.

What if there was a way to cut out the middlemachine, and just load our media directly onto the projector? What if that same projector also had standard wireless capabilities as a modern smartphone? Finally, what if that same projector was further able to fit inside a rear pocket? Well, I am glad to announce that such a product does exist, and it looks as good in practice as it does on paper. This week, our Crowdfunding Spotlight shines on the ODIN; an Android smart projector that is essentially unlike anything I have ever seen before.

ODIN has a quad-core processor running Android KitKat as well as 16 GB of internal storage. Add in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and this essentially becomes a smartphone capable of projecting a 250″ display in a dark room. Further adding to the functionality are two USB ports and an HDMI port for connecting laptops and consoles. The included Android allows for steaming content from most any source to ensure that never again will there be a moment where Pretty in Pink cannot be displayed proudly for all to see.

For those who are less visually inclined and would just like to dance the night away; ODIN can do that as well. In addition to the typical full projector mode, there is a second Bluetooth speaker setting that shuts down the Android brain and projector and just uses the bluetooth and dual speakers to stream music from any Bluetooth phone.

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The one thing that gives me pause about this project is the fact that the battery does seem to be lacking, regardless of the fact that the act of running a projector is incredibly power intensive. It is only slated to provide two hours of performance, and even with an included power supply and replacement battery it does seem a bit short. To put it a different way; about two-thirds of the way through the first Lord of the Rings movie ODIN would be completely gassed and would need to have a fresh battery inserted.

ODIN has just under two weeks left and it still needs about $56,000 in funding. I find this project to be quite impressive, and assuming the actual performance is similar to what they show in their KickStarter video there is no reason that ODIN will not be an incredibly successful product some day.

Google Adds New Features to Stock Camera App, and Puts it on Google Play for all KitKat Devices

Google Adds New Features to Stock Camera App, and Puts it on Google Play for all KitKat Devices

Apr 21, 2014

Google has taken steps to separate out stock apps from the Android installation itself so that they can be updated without needing carriers to provide Android version updates. The latest app to get this treatment is the Camera app, available now on Google Play as Google Camera, but only for KitKat devices. Newfeatures have been added, including a lens blur effect, post-shoot focus, and 360-degree photo spheres. Google Camera is available now on Google Play.

New Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Series is Announced

New Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Series is Announced

Apr 3, 2014

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The new mid-range tablets from Samsung will be available in three screen sizes: 7, 8 and 10.1 inches. They pack vivid WXGA displays and a multi-window functionality. Other specifications include 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor, full Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth support, and a number of multi-user sharing experiences, in addition to all the perks of Android KitKat. The new tablet line will be available in black and white colors, sales starting somewhere around a second quarter of this year. See the full specifications here: Samsung Mobile Press Releases.

Android 4.4 is Officially Named KitKat

Android 4.4 is Officially Named KitKat

Sep 3, 2013

Everyone kind of assumed that Google was going to name their next OS version “Key Lime Pie” because that was the most obvious non-trademarked dessert choice and that’s what Google apparently referred to the new version as internally. Instead, Google, monarchs of advertising, have decided to go the trademarked route and have partnered with Kit Kat to name Android 4.4 as KitKat. While an arragnement was worked out between the two companies, apparently no money exchanged hands in the deal, though Kit Kat is giving away Nexus 7 tablets now.

For Android users, this means 4.4 is likely due soon with Google promising that “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Time will tell. I for one am excited about future Android versions Lemonhead, M&M, Nutella, Oh Henry, PayDay, Quench Gum, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Starburst, Tootsie Roll, U-No, Violet Crumble, Whatchamacallit, ummm…we’ll just skip X, York Peppermint Patty, and Zero Bar.