On New Year’s Eve, a friend asked me if I could control my Epson Home Cinema 5040UB with Alexa. I answered him, “No, most projectors are dumb as a brick.” Though there are several 4K UHD projectors out on the market now that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa, Optoma pioneered the concept with their Optoma UHD51A last CES. Back then, it only had support for Alexa, not Google Assistant, so it wasn’t totally viable for many members of the population.
The Optoma P1 comes fully equipped with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities. It has support for IFTTT, allowing for seamless integration with your smart IoT products. Like a smart TV, this Optoma gives easy access to your favorite streaming services, like Netflix and YouTube, through the Optoma Marketplace.
The Optoma Connect App offers access to Optoma’s Infowall, which “allows for versatile customization to further integrate the projector as a centerpiece of any home’s ecosystem.” When we were first introduced to the UHD51A at CES 2018, the projector could only be turned on and off with Alexa, and you could raise or lower the volume. As more information is released, we can only hope to hear that improvements have been made. Knowing Optoma, I feel confident in saying they have been.
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