Robot Projector ‘Keecker’ Now Officially Kickstarted
The roving bot, which could perhaps revolutionize the way we enjoy content at home and elsewhere, is now in full crowdfunding mode
The Keecker looks like a modern R2D2 and it is as smart as it looks. A pioneer in the new product category, “HomePod,” is equipped with a high-power projector, seven all-around speakers, and 360-degree audio and video recording devices. PSFK reported on Keecker earlier this year, and now the crowdfunding goes live.
Keecker has formally launched its Kickstarter with enticing discounts. Keecker’s projected retail price is $4,000 to $5,000 but earlybird Kickstarter backers can get it for as low as $1,990. Less than 24 hours on Kickstarter and more than 60% of the $100,000 goal has been reached.
Keecker’s main feature is a powerful projector. By creating its own WiFi network or connecting to the one in your home, Keecker will turn a wall or a ceiling into a movie screen. The projector boasts a 42″ display size with the device just 2 feet away from the wall. With a little tweak on the accompanying app, Keecker can raise or lower the angle of projection, automatically adjusting the itself for an optimal display. Keecker has built-in speakers, 3D speakers so no need to worry about sound.
As a projector, it can display any content from your device’s small screen to a wall or ceiling. If you’re browsing the web, Skype-ing with your family or playing a computer game, you won’t be limited to built-in screens. Keecker especially shines when watching movies, and the 1-TB on-board memory can keep a lasting supply.
The robot is also designed to navigate itself. With motorized wheels, it can “walk” with you around the house. You can ask it to go to preset locations with just a tap. Keecker is like a multimedia butler that will come to you as needed and is designed to make your experience as effortless as possible.
Keecker’s cameras, microphones and on-board sensors also make it a great surveillance device. It can send notifications to your smartphone if noises, smoke or movement is detected at your home. By controlling it wirelessly, Keecker will be able to “walk” around your house and stream live video to your device. The pod can also measure temperature, air quality, humidity, light and noise levels of a room. All of this falls under the “Home Analytics” feature making Keecker the ideal home companion.
The robot is the brainchild of Pierre Lebeau, an ex-Google Product Manager. The design of Keecker saw contributions from several industry leaders, including Texas Instruments.The company is headquartered in France and plans to keep manufacturing within Europe. Delivery is scheduled for May next year.