Tired of searching for the right cords and adapters when you want to a beam a business presentation onto the wall? Koho's Smart Pico Projector makes that job easier by letting you access your slideshows, videos and more directly from the cloud, with no need to stream your presentation from a secondary device.
The device runs on Android, but has no digital display. Instead, it beams the mobile operating system onto the wall using a built-in projector. By connecting to a Wi-Fi network, you can access your presentations, documents, videos and photos like you would on any Android smartphone or tablet. But instead of displaying that content on a small handheld screen, the Smart Pico Projector can project it onto a large wall, with an image size of up to 120 inches wide. That could really come in handy when you need to present to a large group.
I went hands-on with the projector to see how it works. When you boot up the device, it automatically projects the Android home screen onto the nearest wall. Since there's no touch screen to navigate with, Koho included a small touchpad on top that works just like a laptop touchpad. The on-screen cursor was responsive and made navigating around Android easy. There are also directional arrow keys, with an "Enter" button in the center, which can be used for more precise navigation.
I was able to navigate to Google Docs using the touchpad, then opened a slideshow saved to Google Slides, an app that's similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint. It's also possible to open documents from Dropbox, OneDrive or any other Web service that stores files. You could even display Web pages simply by opening a Web browser app.
I liked the simplicity of the setup – there's no need to attach a laptop or tablet to the projector, since files can be accessed directly on the projector itself. The device even has a pair of speakers, so it can play video with sound, though I didn't have a chance to test the sound quality or volume during my brief hands-on time.
The projector is able to display images at a brightness of 100 lumens, which is very good for a portable projector. Koho says it can run for about 2.5 hours on a charge before it needs to be plugged in. It measures 3.9 x 3.9 x 1 inch, so it's small enough to fit into a large pocket, and it weighs just 8 ounces – so it's light enough to carry with you on your daily commute.
It's not cheap, though: the Koho Smart Pico Projector costs about $400. But that might be a reasonable price to pay for a device that makes business presentations this easy.