Ultraprojector brings you bare-bones, stand-alone video projection
By Ben Coxworth
March 4, 2010
Over the years, we’ve profiled some pretty fancy video projectors here on Gizmag, but this one ... well, it ain’t one of them. But that's the point. The Ultraprojector has no sound, no menu or controls, and a screen resolution of just 320x240 pixels. On the plus side, though, it doesn’t need to be hooked up to a video source when projecting, it runs silently, it’s weather-resistant (not waterproof) and it’s cheap...ish.
The Ultraprojector is clearly intended for things like trade show booths, night clubs, advertising, even Christmas or Hallowe’en displays. You don't use it for the premiere of your latest film, or the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics.
To load it with content you hook it up to your PC (It’s not Mac-compatible), then drag and drop your video files from the computer to the projector. Software is provided to convert your video files into the Xvid encoded MPEG files that it requires. You then unhook it, take it to your underground goth club or the venue of your choice, point it at your projection surface, and plug it into an AC outlet. It will start automatically, playing your videos in the order they were loaded, and there’s no much else you can do except stand back and let it do its job.
It has no speakers or amplifier, but it does have an audio output to allow you to connect it to a sound system.
The projector has 2GB of internal memory, a 12W/900-Lumen LED bulb, and can manage a maximum projected picture size of 150 inches. It’s available through the Ultraprojector website, and costs $US179.