A good ten years ago now I lived in an apartment with a roommate who had a friend who had a super early pico projector that really just blew us away. It was this thing that wasn't super small bit still totally fit in a backpack then could project low resolution, dimly lit video to a screen that's a few feet across from his laptop. It was like magic. Well, fast forward a decade and this technology has gotten surprisingly awesome. The Moto Z Projector is getting good reviews, but I think Anker has come up with an even cooler solution with their upcoming Nebula Capsule. Check out the video:

I'm a huge fan of Anker products. Practically every non-Apple accessory I own is made by them, and they've all been fantastic, which has me pretty excited for the Capsule. It runs Android, and apparently can run apps on itself, which seems super cool. I love the idea of pulling this pop can-sized device out of my bag somewhere and just be watching Netflix on a 100" screen. Better yet, it supports all the popular video streaming protocols (like AirPlay, for our uses) so you can just fire it up, mirror your video to it, and be playing games on the go with a huge screen.

They're using Indiegogo to handle preorders, and as of this writing they've doubled their goal they were trying to reach, making this project a sure bet. I requested a review unit from them, and if it works how they say it does... I'm going to be super impressed.

  • DotComCTO

    The biggest issue I see is that 100 lumens is not incredibly bright. A home theater LCD projector will be over 10x that number, and in a business setting, 20x greater (or more). So, I'd be hesitant. Looks super cool, though!

    • Gurney Halleck

      I agree, was really hoping to see at least 200 lumens for something of this size.. here's hoping they have some magic in place to compensate for the very low luminosity 🤓

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    I really like my low-cost Qumi Q2, about the size of a paperback and 300 lumens, good enough for a pretty large picture (1280x800). And LED, so no bulbs to burn out. It has lasted for years. Focus takes a few minutes to warm up (but you can manually adjust that). I've used it for years instead of owning a TV.

    But that 300 lumens is only good for about a 72" image in the evening, less that that with light pollution. So don't expect a 100" image for only 100 lumens.

  • Misguided

    This sounded great, until I realized it was DLP. I absolutely hated the one dlp tv I owned.

  • rafael

    This sounded great, until I realized it was DLP. I absolutely hated the one dlp tv I owned.

  • baconcow

    TIL "Super Long Playtime" = up to 2.5 hours. Not even long enough to watch a good movie.

  • Zion

    I really like my low-cost Qumi Q2, about the size of a paperback and 300 lumens, good enough for a pretty large picture (1280x800). And LED, so no bulbs to burn out. It has lasted for years. Focus takes a few minutes to warm up (but you can manually adjust that). I've used it for years instead of owning a TV.But that 300 lumens is only good for about a 72" image in the evening, less that that with light pollution. So don't expect a 100" image for only 100 lumens.

  • Superdio

    if it was 720p i would have bought one immediately, but 480p in 2017...