This Portable Mini Movie Projector Aims to Bring HD Quality to Nearly Any Surface

Formovie Technology Inc/Indiegogo
Formovie Technology Inc/Indiegogo

Forget about streaming your favorite show or movie on a tiny smartphone or laptop screen, because this new mini projector from Formovie Technology Inc. looks to bring the at-home viewing experience on the go.

The Formovie Dice 1080p portable projector (available here) is able to display crisp and clear images in a variety of sizes and on surfaces beyond flat white screens. This makes it a great option for enjoying films out on the deck, on your living room wall, or projected onto the side of a tent during a camping trip. You can also adjust the image from your remote, so if you have to project the movie at an angle, you'll be able to straighten out the picture without having to manually move a lens. The projector will even sense the distance between itself and the surface and automatically focus the image depending on its location.

The Dice is fully immersed in Google's ecosystem and comes equipped with Android TV, Google Assistant, and a Chromecast built right into it, meaning it's all controllable from your smartphone or through voice commands. The projector also features HDMI and USB jacks, as well as Bluetooth capabilities, so you can still watch even if you're not near Wi-Fi.

The built-in battery lasts up to three hours on a single charge, and the company guarantees that the projector will last for 30,000 hours, which they say is equivalent to watching movies for eight hours a day for a decade.

With $43,221 raised on Indiegogo, Formovie already surpassed its original campaign goal of $1000. But you can still help bring the project to life starting at $499 (a 23 percent discount) by heading here.

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You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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This 'Practically Impossible' Clear Jigsaw Puzzle Is the Perfect Antidote to Boredom

While looking for relaxing activities to do at home during quarantine, many people have broken out their jigsaw puzzles. But if you prefer your puzzles to be more challenging than relaxing, check out this one from ExpressItBest, which is available on Amazon for $22. The puzzle for adults consists of 150 clear pieces, and it takes a lot of brain power to put it together.

Every .75-inch piece in this set is perfectly transparent, which means the only clues you have as to what goes where are the outlines. The makers call the "practically impossible" brainteaser "our hardest puzzle for the most hardcore dissectologist." It's so difficult that ExpressItBest gives away one free custom puzzle a week to someone who posts a picture of the completed puzzle with the hashtag #Puzzibility on social media.

Clear jigsaw puzzle.
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If you succeed in solving it, you won't get a full-color photograph or a soothing landscape to display on your coffee table. Instead, you'll have a 10-by-12-inch clear rectangle and the satisfaction of conquering the near-impossible.

If this one still looks too easy for you, the wooden fractal puzzle, the infinite galaxy puzzle, and the 1000 color puzzle on this list may pose more of a challenge.

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