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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
It can be movie night every night, thanks to astonishing pocket-sized laser projector technology.
Nebra AnyBeam is the world’s smallest pocket cinema projector - with the power to project a crystal clear picture on to any surface - anywhere, anytime.
Powered by an ordinary power bank or from the USB port of a computer, you simply plug and play with your smartphone, laptop or tablet to watch your favourite content on the big screen.
AnyBeam's laser technology is super-efficient and does not generate excessive amounts of heat, like some older projectors. This means we don't need a noisy fan to keep the electronics cool - so it will never interrupt your viewing. It also reduces complexity of the devices, leading to a more durable product.
AnyBeam uses lasers instead of traditional LED or conventional bulbs. The lifetime of a laser is up to 10 longer than a traditional bulb. This saves you a huge amount of money over the lifetime of the projector.
The laser MEMS technology at the heart of the Nebra AnyBeam projector range is incredibly light and compact. This means we can fit it in a super-small package that ACTUALLY fits in your pocket...so you can take AnyBeam with you wherever you want!
With high colour saturation and contrast, your blacks appear blacker with AnyBeam technology. This means a much better cinema quality image. The new "partial projection" technology means that you can project without areas of the image you don't need as well - perfect for projection mapping.
Unlike traditional projectors that constantly need to be focussed, the Nebra AnyBeam picture is always perfect. You can project onto curved or irregular surfaces with ease - perfect if you want to use it on the fly, or if you want to try your hand at a bit of projection mapping!
Thanks to the focus-free lasers, screen size is never an issue. Project from five inches (5"/12.7cm) right up to 150 inches (150"/381cm) screen size (and beyond, if your room is dark enough)...for that true home cinema feeling wherever you happen to be.
AnyBeam works with any HDMI input - from phones, tablets and laptops to games consoles and beyond. With a wireless projector adaptor, a Fire TV stick or a Chromecast you can also stream content wirelessly to your AnyBeam projector with ease.
With HDMI compatibility your Nebra AnyBeam projector is compatible with pretty much every streaming audio, video or gaming service under the sun! And with the Raspberry Pi versions you can set up your own Kodi / OSMC home cinema set up in a matter of seconds - with a built in projector!
There are four key products in the AnyBeam projector range - allowing you to use this revolutionary laser projector technology in a number of ways to suit your application.
Whether it’s watching a film al-fresco with friends, delivering a presentation on the fly or bringing your ideas to the big screen - AnyBeam is the answer. And where traditional projectors would get hot and noisy, this laser projector is fanless, noiseless and you will never need to replace the bulb. This is a standalone device that you can plug into your smartphone, Fire TV stick, Chromecast etc. and start streaming your content!
Are you a makers or tinkerer? Want to play around with the Nebra AnyBeam technology and embed it into your own project or even design your own fancy case? Then the developer kit is for you!
It’s the ‘barebones’ version - but this kit has the same internal components as the flagship AnyBeam unit (minus the 1 Watt speaker) except for the fact you can take the clear case apart. Neat!
As our background is in Raspberry Pi (see our shop, Pi Supply!), we couldn't bring out this technology without a version for our favourite single board computer.
Stack the AnyBeam HAT onto the Raspberry Pi, switch it on, and start streaming your favourite movies!
This beast of a projector is powered by the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero W. Inside is the Pi Zero, microSD card, and the Nebra AnyBeam HAT all in an awesome sphere shaped case. It comes with a 2.5A international power supply and cables.
We have spent a considerable amount of time developing and testing the AnyBeam product range in order to get it ready for launch here on Kickstarter. We conducted a limited-release beta test with the early development samples of the main AnyBeam product in order to get feedback and gauge the viability of the product.
This has lead to a number of improvements to bring a market-ready product to Kickstarter, which will feature in the end products:
Lower power laser diodes to bring them within the "Class 1" laser specification required for commercial sale to consumers in Europe and North America - while still retaining a best in class 720p picture!
Reduced power consumption to increase the usable time when running from batteries.
All four of the products in the AnyBeam range have been CE and FCC tested to ensure safety and radio compliance.
Development of 3D and 2D drawings of all parts of the products to enable you to use them more easily in embedded projects and build cases and accessories.
Development of a variety of user guides and other content to support the operation of the AnyBeam range (see below images).
Translation of the user interface (UI) on the menus of all of the four AnyBeam products into a wider range of languages.
If we can hit over 2000 units sold, we can offer different colours of the AnyBeam device.
Investigatory work into further improvements - larger speakers, higher resolution, higher brightness, more compact size - is also ongoing and will likely feature in future products should this Kickstarter be successful.
Please note: AnyBeam is so powerful it’s difficult to film without a reaaaally good camera. The flickering in this film will not happen when you use your AnyBeam in real life and is just a quirk of trying to film a projector on the fly and get it to perfectly sync with the camera!
We wanted to show you just how simple it is to get up and running with AnyBeam projectors. So we made this short set up video to guide you through some common usage scenarios and introduce some of the menu functions.
Nebra is made up of product developers, engineers, makers and tinkerers who are passionate about the world of technology! We are empowering people (young, old or in between) to understand and master the technology of today and tomorrow. The creation of our AnyBeam laser projectors has been extremely exciting. Here's the team who are bringing them to market....
A huge thanks also goes to Ultimems who created the awesome MEMS optical technology behind the AnyBeam projector range.
This Kickstarter project could not have got to where it is without the support of many incredible people! Our awesome logo was designed by Husac Lucian and updated by Louis Reed. Thanks also go to the actors and various locations that we filmed / photographed in as well as the friendly volunteers who helped us to add translated video captions. The songs used in the video are "Laserpack" and "Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) which are both licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License. Last but not least, thanks to Dominik Scythe on Unsplash for the violin photo we used.
There are obviously countless others from the general community as well as all our families who have provided support and feedback throughout the project. We couldn't have done it without you!!
Thanks for looking at our project and for your support in bringing it to life. Even bigger thanks if you have made a pledge to our project.
To hit any stretch goals we need to keep AnyBeam soaring - so even if you can't support with a pledge, why not help us by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks or blogs you use?
The electronics design, packaging design and all other aspects of the project are already finalised and tested and working great, so there isn't much risk associated with the design. We already have production quality units in hand and they have been confirmed to be working correctly. We are in the middle of producing our first beta-batch of products with our manufacturer (50 of each type) and have already made the adjustments necessary after testing the initial prototype rounds.
The main risks and challenges are the supply of the projector modules and assembly of the associated electronics as well as the reliability of the shipping networks.
Fortunately the manufacturer we are working with is one we have successfully used many times before and we know and trust they can deliver to schedule. As an established and busy e-commerce business Nebra are easily capable of handling the shipping burden of this project and have all the frameworks in place to achieve this quickly and efficiently. Whilst delays do unfortunately sometimes occur with shipping networks these are relatively infrequent and we will do our best to mitigate these at the time of shipping. We will be using BackerKit to manage shipping planning and if the campaign is wildly successful we will probably use a shipping partner such as Floship to ship the rewards directly from our manufacturer to backers and to leverage their staff and capacity to speed up the shipping.
With current component availability, a 2000 unit batch of boards would take about 8 to 10 weeks to produce. So we have given ourselves 4 months in which to ship. However we sincerely hope we can beat that and ship sooner. We will place the production order immediately when the campaign finishes.
Here at Nebra, we hate the idea of built in obsolescence - so we design our products to be as durable and long lasting as we possibly can. With only one moving part (the MEMS laser projector unit) AnyBeam products do not have a lot to go wrong - and we make sure to thoroughly quality test the products before they leave the factory.
Reusability and recyclability
We care about the environment and so wherever possible we try to use recyclable materials in our products and packaging. We also reuse as much incoming packaging and space-fill material as we can for outgoing shipments and when this is not possible we recycle it responsibly.
Sustainable fulfillment and distribution
We try to make our packaging and shipping packaging as compact as possible, whilst still protecting the beautiful products inside. This reduces the space requirements during transit and consequently reduces the environmental impact and emissions of our shipping.
Who doesn't love a good surprise? With this colour changing tea/coffee mug, you're definitely in for a great one. This mug has a black matte finish when it's empty. But when it comes into contact with a hot beverage, the mug reveals the Nebra logo. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
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They say the early bird catches the worm. But in this case they catch a discounted AnyBeam HAT! Get in early and grab yourself a bargain. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
They say the early bird catches the worm. But in this case they catch a discounted AnyBeam Dev Kit! Get in early and grab yourself a bargain. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
The Nebra AnyBeam HAT is perfect for all you Raspberry Pi fans out there. Add a low power laser to your project today. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
Want to embed a laser projector into your own device? Then this dev kit is perfect for developing your own solution. Add a low power laser to your project today. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
They say the early bird catches the worm. But in this case they catch a discounted AnyBeam pico projector! Get in early and grab yourself a bargain. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
They say the early bird catches the worm. But in this case they catch a discounted AnyBeam Monster Ball! Get in early and grab yourself a bargain. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!
The Nebra AnyBeam Monster Ball packs a serious punch - containing the AnyBeam HAT and a Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless you can set up a full featured home cinema projector system using XBMC / OSMC or others. Also includes a warm fuzzy heart glow for being so kind and never seen before Nebra AnyBeam stickers!