What’s the worst part about camping? You can’t binge yourself to sleep on Netflix, of course — not without hunching over a tiny phone or tablet, anyway. For those who want to take their entertainment anywhere in style, Dashbon, Inc. has created a new project on Indiegogo called Flicks: Not just a projector, not just a Bluetooth speaker, but a combo device designed to bring your audio/visual adventures along anywhere you go.
Touted by its creator as a “mobile party powerhouse,” Flicks takes all the features we’ve come to expect from a modern Bluetooth speaker — a speakerphone, powerful rechargeable battery, and a USB charger for your devices — and adds the element of HD video via an on-board LED projector. For video, Flicks packs an HDMI port, allowing for wired connection to your mobile device, as well as connecting mobile streaming solutions like the Roku Streaming Stick, Fire TV stick, or Chromecast dongle where Wi-Fi is available.
Specs for the Flicks are pretty impressive as well, considering all the talents that lie within its rounded borders. The device comes in two iterations: the regular Flicks, which boasts 4 hours of audio/visual playback and a whopping 28 hours of music playback per charge, and the Flicks Extended Range, which doubles those figures to 8 hours and 56 hours respectively.
Video is reproduced by a 720p LED projector rated to output 700 Lumens — not fantastic in the light of day, but it should pop enough to satisfy in dark rooms or, say, on the inside tent wall once the campfire has died down. The Flicks’ Ultra Throw lens is designed to deliver a clear 100-inch image from 8 feet. Dashbon also promises “high-fidelity” sound from the device’s dual drivers and subwoofer, though accomplishing that feat is always easier said than done.
Selling for an Early Bird special price of $450 for the regular Flicks, and $530 for the Extend Range edition (add $10 shipping in the U.S., and more abroad), the project had already garnered nearly all of its $50,000 funding goal at time of publication, with just under three weeks left on the clock. So if all goes to plan, the device should have no problem meeting the expected May delivery date.
If you’re looking for a bit more from your mobile entertainment device, you can put a Flicks on order by checking out Dashbon’s Indiegogo page today.