Casio projector sent to International Space Station

Casio has announced that its Signature XJ-M256 LampFree projector has been sent to the International Space Station to be used by astronauts.

It will be used for onboard training activities including complex robotics and spacewalking, while it can also be used for entertainment by showing films and TV shows.

Joe Gillio, senior director of product marketing at Casio's Business Projector Division, stated that the company is "excited" about one of its devices going to the International Space Station.

He said: "Crew members typically watched video on small laptop screens and were in need of a projector capable of displaying video in a large-scale format. We are confident our Signature XJ-M256 projector will exceed expectations in quality, reliability and performance."

The Casio Signature XJ-M256 projector is the first device of its type to be used on board the International Space Station, but it is not the first time a projector has been used by astronauts.

Last month, Austin-based Screen Innovations developed a 65-inch ISS Viewscreen for NASA to be used by crew members such as the yearlong space station resident Scott Kelly.

Ironically, the first film they watched on the new projector device was the Oscar-winning space epic Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon and George Clooney.

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