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02 March 2015
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Watch movies on your bedroom ceiling or turning walls into digital paintings with Beam the smart light bulb. Beam is a pico projector PC that fits in a light socket. You can use to watch movies, surf the web, or play games on just about any surface in your house.

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The Beam has a 1.3 GHZ dual-core processor, 8GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. It runs Google Android and has 2 watt stereo speakers and a 100 lumen pico projector with a display resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Beam ships with 20,000 hours worth of projection time. There’s also a lamp function thanks to 12 LED lights. You can use a mouse, keyboard, or game controller to interact with the Beam, but there will also be iOS and Android apps which you can use to control the device Or you can send content to the Beam using Airplay or Miracast.

What makes this device unusual is that instead of plugging the Beam into a wall jack, you connect it to a light socket. It draws power through the socket the same way a light bulb would, and works with E27 sockets. Since the device fits in a light fixture, you can use an articulated desk lamp as a sort of projector stand Or you can hang the Beam over your dining room table or kitchen counter to project games, videos, or other content directly onto a flat surface so you can watch cooking videos while you cook, for instance, or read the news as you eat. Beam Labs have provided a few suggestions of what you can do with Beam, including watching TV on your bedroom ceiling, projecting recipes on your kitchen counter, playing projected board games on your dining table and turning walls into digital paintings.

The projector can be set up to turn on automatically at certain times of the day, to wake you up with the weather report for example, or give you social media updates when you get home. Beam has a mini Android computer built into it, and can connect to Wi-Fi and bluetooth, so you can hook it up to your phone or a mouse to control it. Beam runs on Android and can run any app from the Google Play store. Also connects to iPhones and iPads with specially designed app. It Can function as an alarm to wake you up with video and sound. Beam allows you to use all your favourite Android apps projected on to any surface, and all controlled from your smartphone. Beam has already surpassed its $200,000 Kickstarter funding goal, and the team hopes to deliver the first units in October, 2015. You can back the campaign with a pledge of $399 or more to try to reserve one.


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