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Innoio’s Smart Beam Innocube: Smaller than a Rubik’s Cube

Laura Clinton, August 8, 2013

The Projector in Use

When it comes to projectors, I rarely have one that I am willing to let my boys actually handle; the Innocube is the exception. With very few bells and whistles, it is the perfect "gateway" projector for the six to twelve year old audience. Sure, you can use it at night to lull your kids to sleep by displaying shows and movies or making them watch you play Candy Crush at 100 inches diagonal. Wanting to introduce my boys to the classics, we used it to watch Tremors at 76 inches diagonal. Who doesn't love 76 inches of Kevin Bacon? With a native resolution of 640 x 480, the projector displays a clear, decent image that remains remarkably detailed up to roughly 100 inches before becoming washed out. With only 35 Lumens, you need to battle your ambient lighting. The classy comforter over the windows move works for us, but no matter what method you use, remember that darker is always better.

Like other pico projectors, the Innocube easily connects to your smartphone or tablet. You can stream videos, pictures, and games. However, you can also hook this projector up to your gaming consoles, laptops, and cable boxes if they are equipped with an HDMI output. The two inch cube can stand in as a television in your kid's room. Plus, when your kid starts giving you attitude, it is much easier to take the cube away than ripping a 100 pound flat panel off of the wall. My ten year old and I hooked the projector to our XBOX 360 via the HDMI cable. We were able to play NBA 2K13 without monopolizing the television. I found that I got the best picture at 55 inches diagonal when I positioned the projector 77 inches from the wall. Since pico projectors rarely have a kicking sound system, sitting next to the projector is the best seat in the house. While this projector is obviously geared towards kids, I did find myself grabbing it more than I had expected. I would reach for it when I needed to use YouTube for a recipe as I prefer watching a tutorial on how to julienne my carrots rather than reading one. Plus, unlike with my iPad, I don't drip ingredients over it since I can set up the Innocube safely out of the path of my mess. I also paired it with a few sight word and flash card apps and gave math review lessons to my kiddos, who could not ignore the problems displayed at 50 inches across their bedroom walls. Plus, if you find yourself with no electricity for hours after a tornado, as we did last month, you can still entertain yourself and your family with a Friends marathon via Netflix on your smartphone.

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