Those who remember or participated in nightclubs back in the day where a disco ball threw light patterns on people and walls and pretty much everywhere knew it wasn’t about the light itself. It was about how the light covered and transformed an area from mundane to exciting and unusual and unexpected. Those days may be long gone (Studio 21 for example being a memory for this writer in his younger days), but the idea of transforming one’s mundane space isn’t about nostalgia or clinging to something from the past — it’s about having fun by going “outside the box” when a group of people congregate for a good time. So that brings us to VocoPro’s JellyBeam. It’s of the breed of a light projector — in that there’s a “ball” set inside a cradle that can move around on its own, with electronics and other powered by electricity.
The JellyBeam at is basic is a light projector that is able to project out in 360 degrees. For that to happen, it has to mean that the cradle/light has to be able to be angled as the beams emerge. And taking that at its most basic means that the light emerging then hits walls and other surfaces that are impacted by the angle that the JellyBeam has now been aimed towards/at and then move about instead of just “standing” there.
Now like a birthday present where you see what’s the box says is on the inside but you actually have to look inside, the JellyBeam is not like a disco ball because 1)there’s no little metallic shards on it that reflect light being shot at it, and 2)the JellyBeam not only provides its own light but a jellyfish pattern. This jellyfish look (makes sense since it’s part of the name, right?) shows up where the beams of light hit a surface and can be moving from walls to ceilings or across walls and so it’s a moving pattern, not a static image. Of course the lighting can be colorized in a number of different manners and the speed at which the jellyfish patterns move can be controlled as well.
As expected and pretty much required with a device such as this, there’s a remote control to use. It’s pretty colorful, if small, because many of the buttons are colored as opposed to just a lot of touch buttons that are tiny (still these are tiny buttons indeed). The remote itself is pretty small and battery operated and gives you total control over what the JellyBeam does: besides the obvious on/off, there’s intensity and movement control and pre-programmed color combinations to access. Spend a few minutes going over what the remote does — run the JellyBeam not when it has to perform but when it’s just you and it and no time constraints or people waiting — then all will be fine.
The VOCOPRO JellyBeam is an intriguing and unusual ‘disco ball-type” light projector in that it doesn’t try to be all things to all people, but instead hones in on a particular effect and then goes the gamut of how that effect can look. It’s portable and svelte enough to fit just about anywhere — of course there has to be a surface for it to be placed on and surfaces for it to project onto so using it outside means you’re mostly projecting on trees and people and that can happen as long as there’s a long enough extension cord (rated for outdoor use of course) to provide electricity to it.
[As an aside, this can be a lot of fun to be doing outside actually once the music is blaring out]
But perhaps the most important thing about it — and makes it worthy to be the last “word” is that you don’t need a totally dark room/space for it he JellyBeam’s lighting effects to be seen. Thanks to upgrades in lighting technology (fancy talk, huh?), the lighting effects are well visibly seen in dim lighting situations also. So sure you can’t use it with the sun coming in strong through the window or with the overhead lights on, but just as in theaters for safety, some lighting so your or guests don’t bump into chairs won’t be a problem. For more information go to https://vocopro.com/products/entertainment/lights/JellyBeam