Optoma has announced the availability of the world’s first voice-enabled home theater projector, which integrates Amazon Alexa to align speakers, screen, lighting and more in a smart home environment.
First unveiled at CES 2018, the Optoma UHD51A was announced as the Best Home Theater Product in the International CES 2018 “Best of CES Awards” presented by Engadget.
As voice continues to expand its presence in smart homes, Optoma is enabling home theater enthusiasts to integrate large-screen video into their Alexa smart homes, tying in with speakers, lighting and more.
The SmartProjection for Smart Home skill allows users to power the projector on and off, change volume and input source, and control the USB 4K UHD Media Player, says Optoma. UHD51A will respond to commands like “turn on/off the projector,” “change input to HDM1,” and “raise volume to 7.”
“With smart home adoption on the rise, and voice increasingly becoming a preferred way for consumers to interface with their electronics, we prioritized delivering this feature to our audience,” said Brian Soto, head of product management at Optoma Technology.
An estimated 8.2 million people have an Amazon Alexa device, and there are now more than one billion voice searches per month, according to Alpine.AI.
Beyond its voice innovation, Optoma UHD51A integrates the latest technology enhancements in color and 4K resolution for better performance. With 2,400 lumens, 500,000:1 contrast ratio, and HDR10 with Rec.2020 / DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut support and Blu-ray 3D compatibility, the projector offers improved visual experience, delivering clarity, brightness and vivid color.
It also features a built-in 4K UHD HDR media player and Android OS, along with a pair of HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 support to ensure compatibility with the latest 4K UHD devices and consoles with HDR at 60 Hz refresh rates for image smoothness.
The Optoma UHD51A is available for purchase now from Amazon, Fry’s Electronics (in-store), Best Buy, Beach Camera and B&H Photo for an estimated street price of US$1,699, representing “a lot more price-per-inch value than 4K TVs.”
“Optoma’s leadership in the consumer home theater space has largely been attributable to our ability to design and deliver projectors that leverage the latest innovations and technologies to deliver a great entertainment experience at an affordable price point,” Soto said.