Nebula Capsule II portable projector goes on Kickstarter, raises about 13 times original goal so far
Anker is a mobile tech accessory company mostly known for its fast, occasionally Power Delivery (USB-PD) supporting chargers and power banks. It has also released the Nebula Capsule, a 720p portable cinema projector. This small device, which closely resembled a beverage can with a projector pore in its side, ran Android 7.1 and was bright enough for a rating of 100 ANSI lumens (lm). Now, Anker is back with the Nebula Capsule II.
Anker has decided to offer the Nebula Capsule II as a reward as part of a Kickstarter campaign, conducting it under the new sub-brand Nebula. This 2nd-gen projector packs upgrades to Android 9.0 with Google Assistant. It also has Chromecast support, USB-A, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Nebula Capsule II has inbuilt speakers to handle its 'cinematic' audio, but could also work with external hardware through its AUX-out port.
Nebula claims that the Capsule II can deliver 3 hours of video playback time on a single charge, and can charge in about 2.5 hours thanks to Anker USB-PD via a USB-C port. The Nebula Capsule II can play 720p video over a 20 to 100 inch projection window at double the brightness of the original Capsule. Its maker also claims that it will support over 3,600 Play Store app.
Nebula had set up its campaign in order to raise US$50,000 to complete the Capsule II project. However, at the time of writing, it has collected approximately $650,000 (with over 1,600 backers) in reward payments. The first 2 tiers of rewards are also already gone. Therefore, it seems that the appeal of the Nebula Capsule II is even bigger than the company suspected.