Japanese smart device maker Cevero has unveiled its wackiest invention ‘Tripon’, a robotic video projector. It is equal parts of an autobot and long-throw projector. It looks like a white eye on a sleek robotic stalk — a child’s friendly sidekick droid in a science fiction movie. No wonder, there has been a group of people who always wanted to have a mobile robot projector.
Tipron, when it is folded, stands just a foot and a half tall but doubles in height as it unfurls to cast 80 inches of 720p video at the wall. With a button tap, it extends into projection mode, where users can change the angle and keystone of an image. You can command the little robot via an Android app and it can move by itself from room to room through given direction. Thus, users aren’t limited to watching content in a single space.
The Tripon looks amazing while performing. Though the resolution is not ideal, its 250 maximum lumen output is significantly brighter than what the average television can muster. Also, its mobility allows users to position the device exactly where they want it and cast video onto virtually any flat surface. But it is hard to say how well the device fulfills its intended purpose on a crowded show floor, especially given the bright lights and lack of a screen to show off the projection quality.
The projector can show individual videos or files, but it is apparently meant for YouTube channels, Twitter lists, and other things that lend themselves to automation. Once you’ve placed the device to a specific place in your home, you can set it to remember the location and return on its own, doing some basic sense-and-avoid using a camera at the top. You’ll select content by picking from a list of options in the app.
The enthusiastic consumers, who are currently imagining when the robot may be available on the market, will be glad to know that the Tripon will hit the market by this spring, apparently around April or May. It will be released in Europe, the US, and Japan, and it will cost between $1,000 and $2,000. The exact price doesn’t seem to have been decided.