New Ultra-Portable Projector Weighs Half a Pound
A start-up that last year used
crowdsourcing to raise $800,000
has introduced a new projector that weighs just 9 ounces, can fit in the
of your hand and offers images that can be projected on any surface.
founded in 2013, has released its first product, the
Touchjet Pond Projector (formerly known as the Touchpico), an
projector that can display images as wide as 80 inches on any surface,
teachers and students to interact directly with photos, videos, games
Built on the Android 4.4 operating system, the Pond
gives users access to hundreds of thousands of apps that can be
directly to the device via Google Play. It has an 80 lumen LED lamp and
a built-in infrared sensor that allows it to track
bundled infrared styluses, which are powered by two AA batteries. It
the two styluses and a Bluetooth remote control that can also be used as
Touchjet representatives said the Pond Projector is
intended to act
as a counter balance to the one-on-one movement in which students work
individual devices as opposed to together as a group.
"Some curriculum is best taught through individual
but other subjects require collaboration so students learn together
improving their social skills," said Touchjet Educational Specialist
Leon. "We believe there needs to be a balance, so educators don't
for collaboration and group learning."
The Pond Projector was introduced during the ISTE
June 28-July 1 in Philadelphia.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.