Saturday, January 12, 2019

[Updated] GoSho: World's Most Powerful Mini HD Projector First Look

GoSho was described as a portable projector that could be connected wirelessly (Airplay, Miracast, DLNA) or with HDMI and USB, making it easy to view and share any kind of entertainment.

Supposed to arrive in August of 2018 but arrived on the 10th of January 2019.

Brief reasoning behind the delay:

Aug 19, 2018 - there was a project update that there were Texas Instruments DLP3435 chip shortages, would arrive in October, so November delivery on their side.

Nov 2.. they got the chips, 5 to 8 days to assemble.

Nov 23, 2018 Quality control issue. (More on that later) Yesterday our quality control team did a review of completed GoShos that revealed a number of GoShos had been damaged during transport due to insufficient strength of the packaging. Once discovered, the GoShos already in the distribution facility were immediately recovered and are currently being transported back to the factory for inspection. Parallel to this, our design team is already in the process of designing new packaging with increased strength to better protect GoSho during shipping.

Dec 6, 2018

It’s expected that tracking numbers for ALL units will be sent to backers before December 20th. This means backers will receive tracking numbers for shipping within the next 2 weeks.

So what has been happening since our last update? We received the previously shipped GoSho units and identified the broken units. These broken units have been completely dismantled and are currently being manufactured again. We also finished the design of the improved packaging and half of the GoSho units have been repackaged and are awaiting shipping.

Dec 21, 2018

All our GoShos have been completed and were expecting to ship today, but after running the quality tests (when units are tested for an extended eight-hour period to test internal components), we discovered that 20% of the units contained slightly tilted stand covers (as seen on the first image below). We are replacing these affected parts and all GoShos will be ready to ship this coming Monday.

Dec 24, 2018

We have been processing shipping from the factory the first 538 units to backers since this morning(please see the photos below!). In total, we will be shipping 2,300 units to separate address in more than 100 countries. It has a lot of work, but we still have confidence to complete it well.

Mine did not get to the sorting facility until 2019/1/2 21:19:35

✓ Bright 180 ANSI LUMENS - Not sure ( I guess it's over 100 Lumen)
✓ Extended 4-hour playtime - Nope, Only 2:05 (two hours, 5 minutes in eco mode)
✓ 200-inch widescreen display - Close, I got to about 160 inches
✓ Auto-keystone correction - Yes
✓ Alexa & Google Assistant compatible - No (There's no Bluetooth setting that I could find)
✓ Stream from smartphones or computers - It was really clunky and only lasted for about 45 seconds

The GoSho arrived in foam wrapped box in a soft plastic bag, similar to what clothing would arive in the mail. Not a $300 projector. I took pictures

Now for a quick review.

The GoSho 1.0 OS (linux) that was supposed to have Youtube, Netflix, Web Browser and access to the Google Play Store. - It's nothing more than a Linux os with a HDMI pass-thru, video player, mp3 player and photo viewer.

Only Exists in an Alternate Reality

Tech Specs

I could play 1080p 30 fps video with no problems.
1080p 60 fps video had immediate audio sync issues with frame drops and stuttering audio.

4k 30 and 60 fps didn't even load.

The audio was actually decent.

Photo viewing was not sharp and the colors were muted. I'm the photographer, so I know what the originals looked like.

The HDMI Passthru partially works.  My FireTV Pendant boots with the Firetv, but I'm guessing when the HDCP kicks in, Gosho does not meet the HDCP requirements and the HDMI stream is killed.

Video Below:

What The Menus Really Look Like:

I'm really hoping that there's a firmware update soon for Miracast, Airplay, and DLNA. If not, this will be a very expensive paperweight.  Similar products are on Amazon for $30.

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