Beam: Smart Projector
Currently seeking investment on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, LA-based Beam is a smart projector that can turn any flat surface into a screen, spreading entertainment throughout the home.
The projector is controlled through any Bluetooth and wi-fi enabled device and can run Android or iOS apps, offering a wide range of applications. Suggestions include playing slideshows through airplay, watching films through Netflix, or even projecting a recipe onto a kitchen worktop.
Connected to the Internet of Things, it can be used to create 'if/then' rules that respond to different times and people with pre-programmed actions. For example, the projector can turn on to wake a user up, or play a welcome message when a visitor enters the home – particularly useful for services such as AirBnb.
The reduced design is easy to set up and can fit into a light socket or be placed on any surface, dependent on the required angle of projection.
As seen at the consumer electronics trade show IFA 2014, small projectors such as this enable interactive experiences throughout the home with minimal physical intrusion. As the way we live and use our homes changes, discreet and multipurpose technology is becoming increasingly popular. These devices point towards a future of seamless and intuitive technology that is so integrated into our homes, it is almost invisible. For further insight, look towards our analysis of the film Her, which depicts an unexpectedly simple vision of a technological future.