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Z4 Aurora is an Android-powered projector with built-in speakers

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Gesture controls come to home cinema

Projectors usually need hooking up to a set-top box, games console or other device to turn your lounge into a home cinema. But not the Z4 Aurora.

It runs Android, so connect it to your Wi-Fi and you can access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and any other service that has an Android app.

There's no plugging in to a source device required. So you can plonk it on your coffee table while you watch a film without trailing cables everywhere, then pack it away when you're done.

Usually you have to arrange your room around your projector – or even ceiling mount the projector – so the Z4's standalone nature is a real benefit.

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It gives a picture of up 300 inches across, with image quality of 4K or 1080p HD. Built-in Harmon Kardon speakers should provide decent audio. And that platter on the top? That looks like a turntable? It lets you operate it using gesture controls. Wave your hand above it one way, and it'll adjust the volume, for instance. You can also swipe to change songs.

It's surpassed its funding goal and still has a month left. Pledge $449 (£311) and it can be yours on an early bird. It will ship in June, so better invest in some blackout curtains.

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