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I love rainbows in fact rainbow is my favourite word. They are so rarely seen and I still think them breath taking when I do see one. So when I saw this product I thought it would be perfect for me.
Uncle Miltons Rainbow in my room promises to "transform your room into a magical and colourful Wonderland by projecting the beautiful rainbow arc onto walls and ceilings".
Firstly let me say I am 32 years old so I am probably not the target audience of this product but nevertheless...
The good point about Rainbow in my room is that it is aesthetically pleasing. The actual design is very slick and very "Apple" it could almost be an iRainbow. This is good for an adult as you can pass it off as a grown up product and not a toy for 3 year olds. I was surprised at how light it felt and if it was for purchased for a child it would certainly have to be kept out of reach. I found the rainbow itself a bit disappointing - I was expecting it to be produced through a prism but it was just a few LEDs and the rainbow itself was not very big or very vibrant. The rainbow did not come with batteries nor did it have a power adaptor.
I personally felt it was over priced at £25 but maybe that is because I am an adult I wanted it for myself and my expectations are a lot higher than the target audience. Although I resent buying pieces of plastic for extortionate amounts of money for kids at least you have a happy child at the end of it. I think younger kids with less cynical eyes than me may enjoy it.
I have used this less than I have seen actual rainbows. Maybe there is just nothing better than the real thing.
Rainbow in my room is a funky new gadget from the Uncle Milton Explore range of toys and varies in price from £16.99 up to about £30, so it is worth shopping around for the best deal. The unit requires 4 x AAA batteries which are not included - I feel they should be included given the exorbitant price of the item. The box also includes a small leaflet explaining how real rainbows work and the box I purchased contained a free Stellarium astronomy CD-rom, but I don't know if this comes as standard or was some kind of promotion.
The toy itself consists of a white plastic arch which measures approximately 10cm high and 20cm wide so it is small enough to fit on a shelf or desktop without looking too obtrusive.
The device can be switched on and off using the discreet button in the base of the unit which also features an automatic shut-off after 10 minutes.
How does it work? It is quite a simple device in which a series of multi-coloured LED lights embedded in the underside of the arch shine down on the special slightly convex mirror in the base of the unit to produce the rainbow effect.
The projector works best in a darkened room and at this point it is worth noting that the positioning of the arch within the room is important to achieve the optimum rainbow effect. For a small bright intensely coloured rainbow, the unit needs to be quite close to the wall and for a larger rainbow extending onto the ceiling, it needs to be located a few feet out from the wall and higher up because the clarity of the projection is compromised with increasing distance.
The colours produced are quite realistic and children find the rainbow effect enchanting. It is simple to use and relatively robust (my daughter has dropped hers several times) and despite my moaning, the batteries do last quite a long time thanks to the auto shut-off feature.
I feel that at £16.99, the toy is just about good value for money because you can't really put a price on the look on a child's face when they see a rainbow in their room. Had I paid the top-whack premium price of £30 for this I would have expected to find a pot of gold in the box as well!
Now you can project a beautiful rainbow on walls and ceilings using the Rainbow In My Room. Make your room a happier place by projecting a beautiful rainbow onto a wall or ceiling.