Keecker HomePod - Get your uses straight!
With yet to release tech we’re giving a hype rating. This tells you how hyped we are for the product. We love robots. We love robotics. What we don’t get is the marketing of the Keecker HomePod. Mobility, social, shared and on-the-big-screen are all right now available from a network of essential smart devices. This doesn’t mean the HomePod doesn’t have merit for early learning, the mentally or visually impaired, security services or minimalistic energy efficient living. Overall it looks dated and it’s not even launched yet.
Making your content less mobile?
Today we have everything available in the palm of our hand, so why add wheels and supersize? Keecker are trying to re-invent the home computer, turning what has been forever labelled as a ‘personal computer’ into a social computer. The question is, can the Keecker HomePod compete against cheaper, more mobile technology? We answer this and much more below.
The Top Questions for the Keecker HomePod?
How much is the proposed Keecker HomePod?
On Kickstarter you needed to pledge $1,990 to get a limited, early bird offer on the Keecker HomePod. Later in the pledges it highlights that the future price, beyond Kickstarter will be a whopping $5000 – talk about an early bird discount. However, looking on the Keecker website shows that the final retail product is set at $1,490 (1.490€). Some early Kickstarter backers have already started questioning Keecker about this price difference. One such comment can be seen here.
When will Keecker release the HomePod?
Keecker launched on Kickstarter October 14th 2014 with an initial release date of May 2015. Since then the launch date has been pushed back, with Keecker’s last estimated date being June 2016. Yet there is still no release announcement and Keecker remain vague. Keecker continue to provide updates on their Kickstarter page, but unless you backed it any announcements are locked.
How is a social computer different to a personal computer?
Wheels and a projector is the flippant answer. The idea of making your content socially accessible to a group of people is understandable but smart devices already dominate the home with streaming to TV and familiar social connectivity. On most mobile devices you can share with a swipe, or tap thanks to NFC. There is no doubt a market for the Keecker but it’s not as a social mobile computer. We already have those in smart devices, which are more mobile and more social than the Keecker HomePod could ever be.
Where can I find the official Keecker HomePod Kickstarter video?
Is the Keecker HomePod for sale on Amazon.com?
Yes, you can pre-order the Keecker HomePod here.
Can the Keecker replace my home technologies?
Yes it can. You can go almost wire-free with the Keecker, it could even cut down on the amount of technology you need in the home if you are content with good, not great audio visual experiences. This could have real value for those looking to conserve energy or simply wanting a more minimalist, or futuristic home aesthetic.
Is the Keecker HomePod a robotic butler?
No. It’s a mobile entertainment system. You can command it to move, or even control the movement directly via a smart device app but it cannot pick items up, move items or any other feature that could be considered servitude.
What do others say about the Keecker HomePod?
How good is the projector on the Keecker HomePod?
The projector can output a 40″ screen when just 2 feet away from a wall. The further it moves away from the surface, the bigger the image displayed. The projector also remains cold and quiet in use. Most importantly you can manually control the focus and override keystone correction if you don’t want a perfect rectangle projection every time. Don’t expect cutting edge video performance from the Keecker’s 1280×720 resolution and 1000 lumens. The image quality and brightness is comparable to a $100 projectors on Amazon. For $150 you can get a 1080p, 1200 lumens projector.
How good is the audio on the Keecker HomePod?
The audio is 4.1 surround sound, with 4x 10 watt full-range speakers and a 50 watt sub-woofer. The Keecker can be used as a wireless speaker via Bluetooth or be used to send audio to connected Bluetooth speakers.
Where can I find more Keecker HomePod information?
What is the real value of a Keecker HomePod?
Looking at the Keecker like a social computer, or even an interesting piece of robotics isn’t fair on the HomePod. It’s already dated and looks ponderous even compared to R2D2. What is interesting is how it can be used for surveillance, early education and greener, automated living (one device, one charger). With the right apps the Keecker could be a fantastic early development or sensory experience for the impaired. Within the right environment and connectivity it could be a great automated patrol droid for indoor security roots. It has great uses, just not the ones being mostly touted.
What is the battery performance on the Keecker HomePod?
The Keecker can run for 6 hours of projection life, or several days if only in limited use. A great feature is that the Keecker will automatically go back to the charger when it needs to, and each top up only takes a maximum of 2 hours to recharge.
What do Keecker say about their HomePod?
- It’s a totally new type of computer entirely designed with the home in mind to share real life moments, share content, share experiences.
- Equipped with a 360° audio & video camera and a powerful video projection system that moves up and down at a 90°.
- Completely wirefree, KEECKER is mobile and moves so you can enjoy the highest quality entertainment wherever and whenever you want.
- Simply control KEECKER through your smartphone (iOS & Android) via wifi.
- Install any App on KEECKER! Pretty much all existing Android apps will work on it.
What other videos are available for the Keecker HomePod?
What are the Pros and Cons of the Keecker HomePod?
- It does add a convenience to consuming media and removes all setup barriers.
- It seems ideal for casual audiences seeking an acceptable audio visual experience, who demand green solutions.
- Has serious potential as a security tool or early learning assistant.
- It could be ideal for those with learning, or physical conditions by bypassing usage and logistical barriers.
- It’s connectivity and social value is no better than what is on offer in a smart device today.
- It doesn’t have a good enough audio visual output to compete with technology at similar prices.
- It’s not ugly, but it definitely looks like a home robot that could easily be fallen over in busy environments.
- A real life R2D2 probably wouldn’t cost $1,490. At this price point it’s too costly for the technology on offer.