A grainy photo of Kano's upcoming Stem Projector photographed against a dark background.

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Kano, the corporate behind the $200 Stem Player that was as soon as the one method to purchase Ye’s Donda 2 album, is again with a de-Ye-tified model of the machine, in addition to a new Stem Projector that guarantees to supply the identical remixing methods for movies, however minus the problematic connection to a star now greatest recognized for anti-semitic rants.

Long earlier than Kano partnered with Ye, previously referred to as Kanye West, for the Stem Player (which regarded like a sensible speaker coated in squishy artificial flesh), the corporate had made a reputation for itself with its education-focused STEM (on this case an acronym for science, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic) merchandise, together with computer systems that might be assembled by youngsters as simply as Lego units.

The Stem Player wasn’t a DIY machine, but it surely did deliver one thing new to media gamers, with gesture controls that might be used to remix elements of a music because it performed. And now that, according to Fast Company, Kano’s four-month partnership with Ye has ended (it really led to 2020, seems, and it’s now stopped promoting the Yeezy-branded {hardware}), the corporate feels the music machine is value resurrecting, this time with unique content material from the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah: 10 tracks for $360, or 5 for $240, plus unique content material and alternatives, together with meet-ups with the artist at concert events.

Alongside the brand new variations of the Stem Player, Kano is introducing the Stem Projector, which additionally seems like a flesh-wrapped puck dotted with glowing lights. It’s operated utilizing a mixture of touch-sensitive controls and 6 bodily buttons, and whereas it will possibly undertaking content material from different gadgets utilizing a mini-HDMI connection, stream it from different gadgets or providers wirelessly, or simply play no matter customers load onto its 256GB of storage, the Stem Projector may even come pre-loaded with content material that has but to be finalized.

Battery life is rated at a good 4 to 5 hours, however that’s largely as a result of Kano’s Stem Projector musters simply 150 ANSI lumens of brightness, according to The Verge. That is akin to what you’ll get from pocket-sized pico projectors that want a darkish room to throw a visual picture only a couple toes in dimension. The Stem Projector sounds extra like a novelty than the centerpiece of a house theater, which goes to make its $600 price ticket a troublesome promote, however not as arduous because it’s going to be for Kano to shake the stigma of its Ye collaboration.

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