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Miss the old days of projecting photos in a dark room? Projecteo (pronounced “PRO-JEKT-TEA-OH”) can provide the retro photo-viewing experience you crave, from a pocket-sized form factor for $34.98.
We’re giving away 3 Projecteo units, each with one slide wheel. If you’re interested in winning one, read on to find out more about Projecteo, then join the competition!
It works by linking with your Instagram account. If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to get started. When linked, users can add their favorite pictures to their “wheel”. For those born in the 1980s, you may remember projected films and slideshows, an extinct product of a bygone era. A slide wheel looks exactly as its name suggests — it’s a wheel containing pictures, exactly like an old-school slide projector.
If Kitsch were a substance, Projecteo would be dripping with it.
The wheel on a slide projector contains a number of tiny pictures transposed onto transparent film. When shone from behind by a bright light, an image projects, preferably onto a wall in a dark room. Before the invention of computers capable of connecting to projectors, this provided an inexpensive means of displaying pictures to a large audience. Slides were really the first incarnation of what would eventually become Microsoft’s PowerPoint. In this way, Projecteo goes Inception-deep with its time-displaced design: It utilizes anachronistic technology to display old-timey filtered images.
Does the modern world really need more of the past or does Projecteo fill a unique niche among gadgets?
Maybe. It’s an analog device in the world of the digital. If its intentionally obsolete design appeals to you, you would not be in the minority. Projecteo started out as a humble Kickstarter project, which raised over $87,000 in order to build a simple mini slide-projector.
After spending some time fidgeting with Projecteo, I learned to appreciate some of its finer points.
The Projecteo projector’s design appears similar to an old slide-projector, the type you may have seen in elementary school. There are three movable parts: A wheel, which contains the slides; a projector and lens; and a button which activates the LED projection light. The three components are housed within a white, plastic case on top of a black, plastic bottom. The construction feels similar to LEGO, in terms of the solidness of the plastic and feel.
The small slot on the base slides out, revealing its battery compartment. It comes with three button cell batteries.
The wheel includes nine tiny pictures, with tiny slides that you can barely see with the naked eye.
Upon closer inspection, the wheel reveals the images that I took using Instagram.
What’s the Point?
Projecteo is an emotional device, not a rational one. Consequently, it doesn’t provide much practical application. They make great gifts, but only if you have great photos.
The device itself costs $24.99, with each wheel costing $8.99. Shipping to the continental United States is free. Shipping to the rest of the world costs only as much as the tariff.
Projecteo’s picture quality isn’t bad. For comparison, I took a shot of my dog and compared it to the same picture projected in a dark room:
As you can see, he’s ridiculously beautiful. Here’s what he looked like after receiving a filter and projection treatment:
The projection device isn’t crystal clear, although it’s still quite good, considering it’s getting shot out of tiny analog device. The projection quality owes in part to the relatively powerful LED light.
Projecteo also doubles as a decent portable light, if you’re ever fumbling for keys in the dark.
In order to get pictures into Projecteo, you first need at least nine shots that you want converted into physical slides. These nine images transfer from your Instagram account into Projecteo. You just need to grant access to Instagram. If you also installed the Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet (it’s also available unofficially, on the Windows Phone), you can sync pictures automatically. Just shoot and then head to the Projecteo site.
You’ll receive a prompt requesting access to your Instagram account. After granting it, you can add pictures.
From within the Instagram application, simply collect at least nine pictures (preferably ones with sentimental value) and link your Instagram account to Projecteo.
Then drag and drop the linked pictures, from the right column, directly onto your “wheel”. Once finished, hit the “add to basket” button at the bottom of the wheel.
After payment, you’re finished. It’s ridiculously easy! It’s also worth noting that all major credit card payments are accepted, including PayPal.
Should You Buy Projecteo?
Projecteo keeps it simple. Perhaps too simple. It’s a lo-fi device that does only one thing: project tiny hipster-filtered pictures. For this reason, it’s a very limited product. You can’t connect it to your computer or smartphone and each wheel must be purchased separately, which at $8.99 per nine pictures isn’t terribly expensive.
It’s great in two applications: Either as a gift or if you’re really into Instagram filters and irony. At $34.98 for both the projector and a picture wheel, it’s definitely not expensive, although it’s not all that cheap, either.
Considering that Instagram recently added video support, perhaps Projecteo might one day add a tiny film projector to its lineup?
For those of you seeking utility, there are better alternatives. However, for those of you seeking a gift for your Kitsch-loving, analog-toting hipster friends or loved ones, this is the perfect, inaccessible and ironic gift.
MakeUseOf recommends: For those in love with offbeat, retro gadgets, Projecteo’s nostalgia factor makes it an excellent purchase. On the other hand, those of a more functional bent should look elsewhere, although the mini-projector can double as a pocket flashlight.
How do I win the Projecteo?
You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.
After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.
This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, October 11. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.
- Rhoni Narly
- Carla Wilson
- Mary Vantil
Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Jackson Chung before October 28. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.
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