Projecteo – size doesn’t matter!

Projecteo
Projecteo Instagram projector

Small yet perfectly formed!

 

 

As an avid Instagram user, I was recently offered a Projecteo to try out.  For those who haven’t come across this unique little product before, Projecteo is a tiny replica of one of those old fashioned slide projectors, where you can display your Instagram images via a slide wheel that slots into the top of the gadget.

The ordering process is very simple and straight forward, linking directly to my Instagram feed via their API (application program interface) as many of these Instagram related product sites do. The graphics on the Projecteo site are slick, you can select, deselect and swap images around with ease.  I would have liked to have been able to choose from more than my last 120 posted images, but that aside, I selected my nine images easily enough and sent the order on its way.

Priced at $34.98 (£21.25 at current exchange rate) for the projector and one wheel of 9 images, the price includes postage and packing from the US.   Individual and additional wheels are priced at $8.99 (£5.46), and if ordered separately are also free shipping.  I was a bit concerned at the warning about possible charges, should my package be unlucky enough to be stopped at UK customs, but mine slipped through unnoticed. (Not always the case I hasten to add, I was stung for around £24 once for an item costing less that £70!)

I have to confess that I lost track of how long the package took to arrive but arrive it did, pretty quickly and all in one piece.  First impressions?  It’s rather sweet and dinky, and seems well made enough.  Very easy to use, just slot in the provided battery pack underneath, slot in the wheel at the top, press the red button and Hey Presto!  There’s no bells and whistles, it just works.  It’s pretty sturdy for something so small and while I didn’t put it’s robustness to the test by throwing it against a wall or suchlike, I did (deliberately) drop it on the floor a few times and it’s still in one piece!

Projecteo with simple instructions

Simples!

The images can be viewed from a range of distances, roughly from 12 inches to 3 feet, obviously the closer to the viewing surface the smaller the image.  Clearly, this isn’t a precision piece of equipment, and the image is a bit rough round the edges but perfectly acceptable as a novelty – let’s not pretend it’s anything else!  It has a focusing barrel on the front of the Projecteo and I was pretty happy with the image at around 12 inches in size projected from about 3 feet away as well as projecting an image from floor to ceiling!

Projecteo display

Picture show

If I did have a criticism, like the Projecteo itself, its a small one.  I would like to have seen it provided with some sort of case, a simple drawstring pouch would be fine, just to keep the dust and dirt out when carrying it around.  Or maybe that’s just me!

All in all though, a nifty little fun novelty gadget that can be customised with my own work is always going to be a hit with me.

Projecteo - size doesn't matter

Projecteo – size doesn’t matter

 

One Projecteo with one 9 image wheel was provided free of charge for the purposes of this review.  It can be ordered here.

Going to the dogs

Greyhound racing track side bookmaker

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium is the last remaining dog racing track in London, and one of a handful of tracks in the UK.  Is the sport literally going to the dogs?

They're off!

They’re off!

My husband likes a flutter, so we headed to the stadium in Plough Lane, as part of one of many regular Instameets organised by the London Instagram community.  This one organised by the queen of Instameets, Natalie.  We gained free entry and a printed sheet with the races and runners listed, using their Oyster Card offer, one of many packages on offer by the stadium, clearly doing all they can to get punters customers through the gates.  The stadium is past its best, a bit shabby around the edges, a posh venue this isn’t!  It’s all part of the charm and adds to the ambiance of a pastime that has seen better days.

As a small group of mobile, and other, photographers, we took a position near to the starting traps in the hope of capturing the dogs in full motion as they leaped out chasing after the toy bunny hurtling round the outside of the track.  Sadly, an iPhone is not an ideal camera in these conditions – the low light and the slower shutter speeds nowhere near good enough.  Any captures would be more by luck than judgement, although some of the group did get some great shots with their ‘big’ cameras.

But the lack of doggie photos meant there was more time for people watching, and what an interesting crowd!  From a lady celebrating her 90th birthday, old chain smoking guys with faces full of character, groups of younger people on the piss, families with children and couples just out together for the evening.  All life was here.

The unhappy punter

The unhappy punter

The girl from Trap 6

The girl from Trap 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I walked around attempting to take candid shots of some of the characters, my husband was busy placing a few bets.  As I said, he does loves a flutter, mainly on horse races it has to be said, so he did his usual bit of research with the Sporting Life, and came up with a few ‘naps‘.  He put his bets on all sorts of combinations, reverse forecasts, tricasts, even a straight bet to win.  Nothing!  You might as well bet on an interesting sounding name, that’s what Natalie did, and she came away with four winners!  But here’s the thing, out of 13 races, seven of the winners came from Trap 4. Coincidence?

The trackside bookie

The trackside bookie

Would I go again?  Might do, it’s not far from home so it’s convenient.  But for me, as someone who doesn’t really find betting (especially losing!) pleasurable, I’m not sure what else it has to offer.  Except great photo opportunities of course!

Checking out the form

Checking out the form

Pondering

Pondering

The happy punter

The happy punter

 

The life of a superstar

David Beckham with motorbikes at Belstaff event

As part of helping to manage the Instagramers London community, we sometimes receive  last minute invites to cool events.  Sunday 15 September was one such event.

Jess (my Instagram partner in crime) and I were given access to the media pit at the official opening of the flagship Belstaff store in New Bond Street, during London Fashion Week, where a mystery celebrity was due to make a guest appearance.  The Belstaff brand has received a makeover since the days of musty old motorbike jackets and boots, and said mystery celebrity is due to be the face of their new collection of upgraded and upmarket merchandise.

We arrived in good time, in the pouring rain, to a very male dominated gathering of photographers who were moaning and groaning about having to wait around, under cover, for the start of the event.  They seemed to think it should be hurried along so they could go home, or the pub!  One even had the cheek to look down his nose at us because we said, like him, we were also there to take photographs – with our iPhones!  What a tosser!

We set ourselves up to watch the show, we had heard rumours it would be a footballer, and there would be a parade of motorbikes.  As a number of celebrities (none I had heard of – but then I’m not an avid Hello! reader) arrived, posing on and around a  shiny motorbike parked in front of the store, we could hear the gutsy sound of motorbike engines revving in the distance.  The poor celebs, dragged from the warmth of the shop floor clutching their flutes of bubbly, and herded into the wind and the rain, under canopies lining the street.

Triumph and Norton - classy!

Triumph and Norton – classy!

Then they arrived, lots and lots of beautiful classic motorbikes, Norton, Triumph, Ducati.

Then he arrived, David Beckham.

Beckham poses for the Paparazzi

Beckham poses for the Paparazzi

The guy looked cool in his Belstaff biker jacket, very comfortable, if a wee bit bemused by all the fuss.  And there was a fuss.  There seems to be something about Mr Beckham, something that almost transcends his celebrity status.

He’s a celeb’s celeb!

During his time, David Beckham reached the pinnacle of his football career, having achieved over 100 caps for England and playing for some of the most successful clubs in Europe.  But rather than turn to football management or TV punditry, Beckham has made the most of his assets (ahem!) and carved out his very own brand, Brand Beckham, along with his wife Victoria.  Good luck to them.

That  Beckham smile

That Beckham smile

Another shot for the Photo Editor

Another shot for the Photo Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning I received a message from the Mail Online through You Tube to say they wanted to use my video clip for their article.  Thankfully, many of the ‘unknown’ celebs are named in their piece!

And this is the full version of the video on the Instagramers London You Tube channel.

I’m a simple soul, and this was a fun night!  Our thanks to Simon and Cody from The Communications Store