A Light Projector
Aimed at the younger members of the family, this next product combines a night light with the ability to project images on an available wall or ceiling. Designed by Philips and manufactured in China, the product is aptly named the 2-in-1 Projector and Night Light.
Shaped like an upside down ice-cream cone, this night light projector has dimensions of 115 x 115 x 118mm (L x W x H). The night light element forms the base of the unit with the projector positioned on top of the unit. Covered by a transparent layer, the night light that formed part of my review sample featured images from the Disney film of Finding Dory. It is my understanding that other collections of images will be available. The projector section, forming the top of this device’s cone shape, is coloured blue with a circular opening at the top out of which chosen images will be projected.
This combo device is battery powered which means it is eminently portable and can be carried around by the child as he / she projects images on surfaces. It will require three AA batteries which slots into a concealed compartment on the base of the unit. Access to this compartment will require requiring the use of a screwdriver to remove and replace the single screw holding the cover in place. In the time honoured tradition, Philips has gone with the “Batteries not included” approach, leaving the purchaser with the task of ensuring they have a supply of batteries so that the child is not disappointed with their present through the lack of an appropriate power source.
Situated on the front of the unit’s base is a three-way power slider switch. In the central position power is turned off. Sliding the switch to the right brings the night light feature into play as a back-light shines through and highlights the static Finding Dory characters. Moving the switch over to the left turns off the night light feature and brings the focus onto the projector element.
In order for the projector to do its job (project images), it needs to be fed with appropriate slide material. Included with the package are three plastic reels that each contains eight transparencies of various scenes from the chosen movie. A slot on the projector element can house each of the reels in turn. The design of the slot and the reels is such that the reels can only be inserted in the correct way round ready for projection.
Once inserted, a feature on the top of the projector can be rotated to bring the image into focus. Images can be viewed by pointing the projector at a suitable surface such as a wall or ceiling. The child can manually rotate the inserted reel to view all the images that make up its content. When replacing one reel with another, a button at the rear of the projector can be pressed to help release the current reel from the slot.
While my review sample, as mentioned earlier, was based on Finding Dory, other units are available. Included among the other topics are those of Cars, Disney Princesses, Frozen, Spiderman and Star Wars. The 2-in-1 Projector and Night Light is currently available from Amazon priced at £19.96.
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