By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Plainview, N.Y. — Elmo USA introduced Wednesday its first portable LED video projector: the Boxi MP-350.
The compact, 300-lumen unit is targeted at mobile users who need HD (WXGA) resolution for presentations or entertainment use, the company said. The Elmo Boxi MP-350 (which is available now through Wynit Distribution at a $659 suggested retail) has a footprint measuring less than 6 inches square and weighs 1.1 pounds.
It is small enough to be carried in a briefcase or shoulder bag, and produces screen sizes up to 68 inches diagonally, with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
The new projector features Elmo’s short-throw lens, built-in wireless capabilities via Wi-Fi or Elmo’s downloadable app, and the ability to project up to four images simultaneously in different quadrants of the same screen.
“We designed Boxi for the mobile user, whether for work, education, or entertainment,” said Matt Takekoshi, Elmo USA’s president. “Boxi provides an ideal combination of small size, big picture, bright image and wireless convenience.”
The Boxi MP-350 offers three display modes — presentation, cinema/game, and photo mode — to tailor the WXGA image (1280 by 720 pixels) to the content being shown.
Unique to the Boxi among mobile LED projectors is Elmo’s free downloadable app (Boxi for Windows and Mac and Boxi Air for iPhones and iPads and Android) that enables direct playback from mobile devices. Up to four users at once can project their images on the screen with Boxi play.
The projector’s short-throw lens can display a 50-inch image from 3.3 feet away.
Other features include built-in traditional Wi-Fi connectivity, HDMI and RGB, as well as a USB port for connecting to thumb drives or external hard drives.
Audio is delivered through a built-in 1-watt speaker, allowing it to be used for not only as a portable business presentation tool but also for entertainment uses, including movies or gaming while at home or when traveling.
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