Meet Lighty: Communications Technology Inspired By Human Needs

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For those who like staying abreast of new communications technology, you should take a look at Lighty, an innovative media device which might potentially threaten to completely disrupt the world of visual and audio communications as we know it today. But keep in mind that Lighty is a new product in development, and noting this, the company is seeking crowd funding through its Indiegogo campaign.

As the company describes it, “The prototype of Lighty can play video through the projector for 5 continuous hours while on battery, or internet radio for about 10 hours. If plugged into its power supply,  you can just set it and forget it – the laser LED source is guaranteed for over 20,000 hours.”

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According to the company, apps like TuneIn or Pandora allow the full potential of this online radio device, allowing listeners to hear stations from around the globe, wherever they happen to be located. And the audio fidelity is said to be superior.

“It can follow you anywhere and anytime, it can become indispensable,” says crowd-funding supporter Dan Calugareanu, CEO at Alliance Computers.

More than a newfangled radio

This is not simply a newfangled global radio, however. Lighty is being marketed as “the world’s first robotic HD laser projection system that blends the sweetness of a true movie-watching experience with the latest hi-tech candies invented.”

Lighty conference i1rzdyc8qbcnhromj0k8Put simply, state the developers, “This is the next best thing to cinema – only that it fits in your pocket.” Wow! This all sounds remarkably cool for those many mobile types hovering around out there. Business users can seamlessly present their presentations on any wall, anywhere, without having to set up laptops, projectors, or power cables.

Of particular interest, users are able to pause their projection by just putting their hand in front of the projector. They can then resume their projection with a repeat movement. It almost sounds like Captain Kirk and Spock are being scheduled for a visit.

Lightly is reported to solve these issues with projectors:

  • Absence of a quality integrated sound system
  • A power cord, HDMI cable, speakers, laptop or tablet are not required to project
  • Integrated speakers are powerful enough to fill a mid-sized room with high-quality sound
  • No other projector can rotate, tilt and park itself to save space and provide 360/90 degrees of viewing
  • Lighty automatically levels the projected image when placed on uneven surfaces
  • It can be turned off without touching it, as it’s equipped with a proximity sensor
  • The device is remarkably small

Additionally, when users put their phone on Lighty’s support, it charges wirelessly and mirrors the screen through WiFi, without needing a router.

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Ovidiu Sandru – founder & hardware developer

Technical specifications

  • tablet with 8-core ARM CPU*
  • focus-free laser projector (50 ANSI lumens)
  • 720p HD projection resolution
  • high-torque servo motors
  • infrared proximity sensor
  • accelerometer/gyroscope
  • USB
  • Wifi, Bluetooth, VGA Camera
  • 2x6W speakers
  • 5000 mAh battery

Ovidiu Sandru is the founder and hardware developer of Lighty, an innovator who has had a crush on electronics and programming since the age of five. He left the corporate world of HP to work on his startup.

If this information piques your curiosity, take a close look at this crowd-funding campaign.

Images via Lighty

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