UNBOXED: Reviewing the Touchjet Pond projector
Welcome to our first-ever edition of UNBOXED, a new product review series that we’re starting on Dealerscope and Technology Integrator. The videos you see above will live on their own over on the TechConnect Review channel, but we’ll also include written reviews for each product. These written articles will cover just about everything you can see in the video, with a little more focus on the tech specs of the product. We’ll also talk a little more in depth about our experience with the product. And you’ll still get our overall score for the product, based on a scale of 0 to 5 boxes, 0 being an absolute flop (we’re talking Google Glass-type failure) and 5 being a must-own product.
We kick things off with the Touchjet Pond, a pocket-sized projector that can turn any wall or surface into a touchscreen.
About the Pond
The $599 projector from Touchjet is a product that attempts to execute a really cool concept: turning any wall into an enormous touchscreen. It’s built around the Android platform and uses infrared technology in its included styluses and remote control to enable the “touch” interface. The projector can clearly display a screen up to 80 inches and its WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility mean you can stream from all of your favorite entertainment sources directly to the projector. Also, with Android baked into the device, you have access to the entire Google Play Store, meaning you can project everything from Angry Birds to the latest stock market projections on your wall. HDMI and USB ports also allow you to connect the device to practically any external video source.
Further, the Pond features multi-touch technology that allows up to four people to touch the projection at the same time; auto-calibration means that touch layers will remain synchronized even if you move the projection; and the Pond has built in speakers that offer crisp audio, and a headphone jack allows you to add more speakers.
Other specs include:
- Touchjet media sharing and remote control app (coming soon)
- Miracast DLNA available
- Compatibility with iPhone DLNA
- 6Ghz CPU/ARM DUAL
- 4GB NAND Flash
- 16GB Internal SD card
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Optical touch sensor
- Clear projections from 12 inches to 80 inches
Love the concept! It’s a pretty neat experience watching movies or TV streaming out of this tiny device, and then quickly opening up a game like Candy Crush and playing that directly through the same device on the same wall. Using the stylus did take some getting used to, especially with the projector set closer to the wall—shadows prevent the IR sensor from connecting with the device.
Having a tripod is a must with the Pond, unless you plan to stack books or if you don’t mind a slightly distorted picture that is the result of tilting the device up at the wall.
The picture itself is great, but it’s a little sad to not see this thing come in Full HD 1080—at 80 lumens, you get a max of 840x480. And while the novelty of turning your wall into a touchscreen is very real, what’s also real is how rough the styluses can be on that wall over time. At times, though, I found using the pointer button to be a more accurate and reliable option.
It’s not a device that will replace high-powered projectors or Smart Boards in classrooms around the country, but the Pond is still a very fun device that is great for at home and on the go. It’s an excellent first attempt to take the touchscreen projector concept and bring it to the mass market, and I imagine Touchjet will only be able to improve upon their product. The lack of Full HD is a good knock against it, as is the learning curve involved with getting used to avoiding your own shadow.