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Samsung Freestyle reinvents video projection

We like to find unusual or, better yet, unique or pioneering products. Samsung’s Freestyle fits the bill perfectly in the way it reinvents and expands the notion of video projection. The curious device looks like a freestanding lamp you might grab from Home Depot – which it is – but it’s also a point-and-play projector and smart speaker, all in one.

Smart, not to mention compact and versatile. It’s not cheap at $ 900 but, again, check out what it can do.

As a mini DLP projector, the Freestyle can project 1080p high definition images up to 100 inches (diagonal) almost anywhere with minimal setup. The light source is a 20,000 hour LED lamp with nominal brightness of 550 nits and you can rotate the box 180 degrees, which can project video on wall, ceiling, floor, table, bit. imported. A distance of 2.6 feet from the projection surface gives you a 30 inch “screen”; moving it 9 feet increases the image size up to 100 inches.

With the stand, the Freestyle is only 6.8 inches long (the bobbin itself is just over 5 inches long) and weighs less than 2 pounds, making it easy to transport. And the setup is very simple with automatic keystone correction and auto leveling, which automatically adjust the image to be proportional regardless of the projection angle. Autofocus completes the job, ensuring a clear image. The projector even supports HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range (HDR).

In addition to its incredible utility, the Freestyle offers Samsung smart TV features, including direct access to popular video streaming services, web browsing, and the ability to mirror or stream videos with Android and iOS devices. You can also optimize the video quality to compensate for wall color and lighting conditions using the smart calibration feature available through Samsung’s SmartThings app and adjust the image color and brightness to your phone. The projector even has a micro HDMI port that supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) functionality.

Sound is transmitted through a built-in passive speaker / radiator at the rear of the cylinder, which is designed to deliver 360-degree sound and also double as a Bixby / Alexa-compatible smart speaker with far-field voice control.

The Freestyle can be powered using either a USB or traditional power cable, via a standard E26 lighting socket using a plug adapter (included) or via an external battery (not included) for tetherless indoor or outdoor use. When not in use for streaming TV / movies or music, put on the translucent lens cap and the Freestyle provides mood lighting – or visual effects synced to the music you use as loud speaker.

The Freestyle is available for pre-order on samsung.com.