|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches|
|Item model number||Beam V1|
|Output Wattage||4 watts|
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Beam, the Smart Projector that Fits in Any Light Socket
- A smart projector that fits in any light socket
- Beam projects al your digital content integrated in your home
- It responds to you, showing you the right things at the right moment
- You can use any app on beam and control it with your smartphone or tablet
- Designed to be an integrated part of your interior
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Beam is a light bulb projector equipped with a smart computer, inside a beautifully designed casing. It can turn any flat surface into a big screen!
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Share favourite memories instantly
Just grab a phone or tablet and with a flick of a finger anyone can instantly share pictures and videos on a big screen using Airplay or Miracast.
Designed to be part of your home
Beam will be an integrated part of your interior. By either screwing it into a light socket or by just placing it onto its flat side. With our iF and Red Dot award winning design, Beam will be a part of your interior.
Let there be light!
Beam has additional LED lights, so you can also use it as a normal lamp. This light has the same intensity as a regular light bulb.
Beam has a LED projector that has 20.000 projection hours, enough to project for 10 hours a day for 6 years. The computer inside Beam has 8GB storage for apps, photos, games, whatever you like. It has built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and stereo speakers. Beam gets its power from any E26/27 light socket and works on any power voltage available in the world. Beam comes with its own power cord.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Lightsocket smart projector
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Many ideas start simple, just like this one. During a brainstorm session in March of 2014 someone came up with the thought ‘what if we could make a projector that you could screw in your light socket’. The interesting thing is what happened after this thought. Everybody started sharing ideas on where they would place Beam in their house, and almost everyone thought of a different location. We were no longer limited by the traditional spots and could now freely dream up places where we would love to have a screen. Everybody made it their own personal solution, instead of one pre-defined setup. Here we decided that besides just screwing the projector into light sockets it should also be able to be placed on a flat surface. So we added a small flatness on one side that stabilizes Beam.
What makes your product special?
Normal projectors are big and bulky and you want to get it out of sight as soon as you're done using them. We designed Beam in a way that it will be a part of your interior. This combined with our software creates an unique product that will show you the right information at the right time!
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Developing the product from an idea to a fully working concept was a something that we as a team enjoyed a lot! Also seeing the Kickstarter community pick up our baby as well as they did was awesome!
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Another major annoyance is you cannot even shut it down or reboot it (which has to happen far too often due to it crashing) using the control app, you have to use the physical button on the device.
The projector is only 100 lumens so it's not very strong or bright at all. Any light in the room and you'll be challenged to enjoy it. Blackout shades are a must have to use this during the day. It claims HD but the most you'll get is 480p out of it.
Is quite heavy to be in an adjustable light socket. Almost all flex lighting or desk lamps won't be suitable.
I had high hopes for this, but I regret it. It's really just more kickstarter crap. They're more focused on the marketing gimmick than the actual usability and tech. It won't offer a great experience especially at the price tag they're asking. It's a novelty item that costs like 500 euros.
Note: I am a techie, an engineer and an early adopter to lots of tech, especially smart tech. I would consider this review very carefully before purchasing this product. It's a far too expensive and impractical novelty buy that I personally regret. And the speed of updates to fix issues preventing the main intended uses of this device (video enjoyment) are abysmal. It's been essentially unuseable since I received it in May 2016. Good Luck!
Note: the above review was posted in January. It's now 6 months later and they still don't know how to update the software over the air and there are no ports on the device to do a local update. Beam labs are clueless. They did offer to ship me a replacement which they updated locally to the latest software, but only if I would take down my review. Fail :)
The Beam device itself isn't a Cast device, which I was lead to believe based on their home page saying that it is, AND using the Google trademarked Cast device logo. Discussing this with support didn't get very far as they elected to be elusive, enumerating all the other options I have with my Beam rather than answering me directly about the capability of the device; I finally pinned them down on the subject and they admitted they couldn't get Cast to work.
Well, there goes 95% of the value I was hoping to get out of this thing.
It ALSO doesn't work terribly well as a miracast device, with it's preinstalled receiver app only registering that something is trying to connect to it intermittently. Figured it might be an issue with my network, but 4 networks later and it's still only sometimes grabbing it. -4%.
DNLA works! But hardly anything I want to use as a media source supports DNLA. Still at 1% value.
It's got YouTube installed, but can't really install much else on the enormous 2 gig storage this device has, with a great amount of it's space already taken up by pre-installed junk that doesn't really do much to improve the experience (Beam Actions, for instance). Storage is non-expandable, so the issue isn't readily addressable. -1%. This thing is now useless to me. A $300 lie sold by a company that had a cool idea, couldn't execute it and decided that false advertising and falsehoods were the best approach to the situation.
I thought that maybe I could make the shuddering waste of silicon and copper somewhat worthwhile, but it's not rooted or rootable, so there's no real hope there. My plan is to begin bombarding the support folks until they give up a root procedure for this thing, and failing that starting to dismantle it so I can see what might be fixable.
UPDATE: Beam Labs shipped me a new projector after inspecting the old one and it's working great!
but at home no problem
I thought I would like this, but it is not as good as any of the Pico projectors that are a third the price.