It may seem like retro technology, but there’s nothing antiquated about this new pint-sized projector. Meet the Cinemood, a mini-projector designed specifically with families in mind, and created by parents who wanted to give their children an “alternative interface for technology.” While you may not want your youngsters spending too much time with their eyes glued to a television or laptop screen, the Cinemood may be the alternative that lets users tap into the addictive and hypnotic qualities of the TV while determining what sort of content their tots are consuming.
Cinemood boasts swappable smart covers that are meant to turn a plain wall or ceiling into a theater of sorts. From there, parents can choose from cartoons, digital books, or even creative play environments to be projected for the enjoyment of young viewers. This, the Cinemood team hopes, will allow “watching television” to become more of a shared experience that transcends the typical zombie-like state that arises from sitting in front of a monitor for hours on end.
Already, Cinemood has raised nearly $100,000 from 348 backers, surpassing its original funding goal of $75,000. And with 13 days left in the campaign, the team believes that it can get even more parents excited about the possibilities this tiny projector unlocks.
From blocking unwanted content (you can control everything your child sees from Cinemood) to a brand new way of telling children their bedtime stories (by projecting them on the ceiling) to connecting to cloud storage for your own enjoyment, Cinemood says that there are a wide variety of applications that make this portable projector an ideal addition to any family. The projector runs on Android KitKat and has 1GB of RAM storage, with a DLP optical engine. It weighs in at just 250 grams and fits in the palm of your hand.
Currently, you can order a Cinemood from Indiegogo for $229, and it’ll come pre-loaded with 20 hours of content, encompassing 50 cartoons and 20 digital books. So if you’re looking for a new way to keep the kids entertained, Cinemood may be worth a look.