Meet Aiptek iBeamBlock, a stackable, LEGO-like projector with a screen and a battery
We continue our series of interesting multi-purpose devices with a very cool device - the Aiptek iBeamBlock.
Announced at CeBIT 2016, the iBeamBlock is kinda hard to describe. Coming from a brand known for their pico-projectors, you might consider this device as being a projector, but it also has a 4.5 '' tablet/Mini PC so we can safely add it on MiniPCDB without being off-topic.
As you can see in the below pictures, the device is a cool-looking LEGO-like stackable unit built around a projector (code L400). Aiptek promises more "bricks" that will extend the device capabilities, but currently we have the PAD 45D tablet and PB-120 : the battery.
Aiptek iBeamBlock Mini PC full specs
- CPU: Intel Atom Z3735F, QuadCore 1.33Ghz
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- ROM: 32GB
- OS: Windows 10
- LAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- USB: USB 2.0
- Other: Pogo-Pins, BT 4.0
- Screen: 4.5” Multi-touch IPS LCD (the PAD 45D)
- Projector (Projector L400): DLP, 1280x720/16:9, up to 400 lumens and 20.000 h
- Battery (PB-120): 12000 mAh, 450g, 2 hours projection
The projector can be used (and purchased) as a standalone device, and can render content from external devices using the HDMI port or from the PAD 45D tablet if connected, so it can be used it for powerpoint presentations or to play a movie anywhere you find something that can act like a screen - by projecting a 100'' display at 2.7 meter distance.
And the battery can be used to charge other devices, like a smartphone or an action camera.
Together with the tablet and the battery the device has below 1 kg at 125 x 95 x 90 mm, so it's portable enough for you to carry around.
But this comes with a price - the MSRP is around $700.
Aiptek has even more surprises to show, another nice looking device caught my eye - the P800, which recently got nominated for "Best in Show" at CE Week 2016, New York's largest technology show. And you'll see why when we mention the specs: Aiptek P800 has eight (!) 40W speakers, subwoofer, a 5'' Samsung tablet and delivers 800 lumens of brightness. Sweet!