The company’s first 4K Ultra HD projector to feature Amazon Alexa voice control – the UHD51A –has just launched in the UK. 

An affordable machine, perhaps best suited to a child’s den/play area or secondary room, the machine retails for around £1,549.99.

The UHD51A offers 4K compatibility as well as its voice control party piece.

“Optoma is excited to be among the first brands to bring Alexa natively to 4K home entertainment projectors,” says Kishan Mistry, senior product manager at Optoma EMEA. “With industry-leading projection technology coupled with Alexa, we’re enabling instant control for a movie or gaming session as users switch inputs, launch content, adjust the volume and more with their voice.”

In addition to Alexa support, the UHD51A comes equipped with a 4K UHD media player, a wireless USB dongle, USB reader and 2,400 lumens. The machine also includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility, HDCP 2.2 support and includes stereo speakers for stand alone audio.

Installation is simple with vertical lens shift and a choice of connection options such as two HDMI 2.0 ports.

With full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, the new model meet the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and complies with the CTA High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible display standards. So, in all not a bad feature set for a machine at this price point.

It also includes PureMotion frame-interpolation technology designed to take on motion blur or image judder. 

The UHD51A’s Alexa Smart Home Skills

● Alexa, turn on <projector name>

● Alexa, turn off <projector name>

● Alexa, change volume to 8 on <projector name> (volume range is 1-10)

● Alexa, change input to HDMI 2 on <projector name>

● Alexa, change input to HDMI 1 on <projector name>

● Alexa, change input to VGA on <projector name>

● Alexa, change input to multimedia on <projector name> (controls content on USB drive using built in media player – see below)

4K UHD/1080p USB media player commands

● Alexa, play on <projector name> (playback will begin with first file on USB disk/drive)

● Alexa, pause on <projector name>

● Alexa, stop on <projector name>

● Alexa, next on <projector name>

● Alexa, previous on <projector name>

● Alexa, fast forward on <projector name>

● Alexa, rewind on <projector name>

● Alexa, start over on <projector name> (playback current file from the beginning)

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