About this project
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Meet BeamBeam can turn any flat surface into a big screen. It is a powerful projector equipped with a smart computer, all inside a beautifully designed casing.
You can play games, watch movies or share content from your smartphone or tablet. Beam will assist you in your daily activities, like wake you up in the morning with the latest news and your agenda or show you your social updates when you come home.
Beam is easy to set up and control with the Apple or Android app. You can screw it into any light socket or use the included power cable to place it on any flat surface.
With Beam we created an easy to use internet of things device that can entertain and assist you throughout the day, perfectly integrated in your home. The technology inside Beam is so unique that we decided to patent it. Patent Pending!
What can I do with Beam?
These are just a few examples but there’s a lot more that you can do!
With Beam you can watch TV on your bedroom ceiling, play games using your phone or a Bluetooth controller, project recipes on your kitchen counter, stream content from your network drive, listen to music through its speakers, play projected board-games on your dining table, show a presentation or even use it in a restaurant to show the menu and turn the walls into digital paintings.
Because Beam is running Android, you can use any app available in the Google Play Store. You can of course control Beam with the app on your Apple or Android device.
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How to use Beam
Just download the Beam-app and you are ready to go. The Beam-app controls every aspect of Beam. You can use it to control Beam and do things like set up your IF’s and THEN’s. Everyone at home will have a personal home screen to easily start their favorite activities.
The Beam-app will be available on iOS and Android. You can also control Beam with the buttons on it or with bluetooth devices.
Let's talk hardware
We created Beam to be as versatile as possible. Everybody will be able to use it how they want, in every room of their house. Beam has the following specifications:
E27 to Bayonet adapter — We will include a free adapter for all our Backers that live in a country where they use Bayonet light fixtures!
Connectivity — You can connect any device to Beam, such as mouse and keyboard, game controllers, WiFi and Bluetooth speakers, smart watches etc.
Instantly — Beam is powered via the light socket and always connected to the internet, it can instantly project anything you want. Besides using the Beam-app, you can also push the button on beam to start projecting or turn on the LED Light.
LED Pico projector — To give you a good feeling of the brightness of the projection in different situations we took some photos with our mobile phone.
LED light — We added LED light to Beam, so you don’t have to worry about your current light layout.
Nowadays technology is pushing itself into every corner of our lives, mostly trying to make things better. But that doesn't mean our house should look like a Borg cube. Instead we took great care to create a designed object that can earn its own space in every room, without being noticed on a first glance. Our team designed a product with a modern minimalistic look. It feels like a modern lamp, but when you look closer you notice there is more to this lamp than you thought.
Next to screwing Beam in your existing light sockets, you can match Beam with any light socket cable you want. Combine Beam with a subtle anthracite cable or go all the way with the included yellow one. It's all up to your imagination and personal taste.
Meet the Beam-team!
Beam is what happens when you put talented and passionate engineers and designers in one room. Our team has many years of experience designing connected devices, award winning user interfaces and innovative concepts.
Thomas de Wolf MSc. and Guust Hilte MSc. are the teams inventors and can create any device they come up with. They've even created an aquarium on wheels that is steered by fish, go figure. Combined they have more than 20 years of product development and engineering experience.
Marten de Jongh, Jeroen van Geel and Sophia Altekamp are the creative side of the team. Over the years they have worked on product and UX design for clients ranging from international airport Schiphol to Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Don Molenaar is responsible for keeping the team flowing and to make sure we don’t have too much fun with Beam, but he actually makes sure it’s finished. With his years of experience working for Ubisoft, he is also the one with the sales and marketing knowledge to bring Beam into the retail shelves.
Why we need you
Risks and challenges
When Beam gets ready for production, there most likely will be some minor changes to improve the final product (probably because of your feedback). But just to be clear, these minor changes will be for the benefit of you, “the Backer”!
Sometimes things happen, things that are out of our control: a supplier knocks over our shipment during transport, they go bankrupt or a machine breaks down, etc. This could cause a delay. Because of this we have a second supplier for the most crucial parts of Beam. Just to prevent the delay that could be caused. We want you to have the best quality Beam ASAP!
One thing we will definitely do from the beginning to the end is to keep you posted on all developments, positive or negative, we will let you know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You can control Beam with an iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android device (phone or tablet) or with any device that has a web browser, like Windows (Phone), Mac or Linux. You can also control Beam with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to enjoy its full potential. Next to the standard Beam functionality, you can even do more with third party apps, like Team Viewer to mirror your Windows screen, DLNA server apps to send media to Beam and lots more.
Beam has ANSI 100 Lumen. During development we added a brightness adjustment because it was too bright in some instances. With 100 Lumen you can easily see what Beam projects during daytime when you are inside.
If you follow this link: http://beamlabsinc.com/images.php you can see pictures that we took with an iPhone in a higher resolution showing Beam project in different situations.
When we come closer to production and find a way to upgrade we will do this for all backers.
Beam can project up to 120-inch widescreen.
The throw ratio of Beam is 1.6:1 (distance:width). That means that for every 1.6ft distance, the projection will become 1ft larger. So at a distance of 6ft your screen will be 3.75ft (1.1m).
Beam works on 110VAC up to 240VAC, this covers all countries standard power line voltage levels.
We will make sure that you will receive the correct power plug.
We will include a free adapter for all our Backers that live in a country where they use Bayonet light fixtures!
Beam has an E26/E27 thread. But this can be easily converted to any light socket connection that you want (e.g. gu10, E14) by using an adapter. You can find these adapters online (just search for “E27 to “x” adapter”) or in your local hardware store.
The current pre-production version of Beam has a diameter of 4.5 inch (11cm) and is around 6 inches (15cm) tall. It currently weighs around 0.9 pounds (400 grams).
No, always on means it goes into standby mode when not projecting. In standby Beam only uses around 6 Watts, that’s half of what your TV set-top box uses when it’s on standby! When it is projecting it only uses around 10 Watts.
Beam is actively cooled by a slowly rotating, very silent fan, so it doesn’t get hot.
Beam has a LED projector and therefore requires less intensive cooling than traditional lamp projectors. It currently uses a low RPM very silent fan, meaning that you can hardly hear the difference between on or off.
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