Though streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have made thousands of movies and TV shows available at the click of a button, watching this content on a laptop or smartphone screen isn't exactly the ideal experience. To get that larger-than-life movie theater feel in your own home, there's Beam—a smart projector that can play any available app on the walls of your home. And you don't need to be a tech genius to figure it out.
Beam screws into standard light sockets and projects an 854 x 480 resolution image onto the wall at which it's pointing. The device works by connecting to your home's Wi-Fi, which allows you to download and install apps like Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, and Spotify. It's equipped with eight gigabytes of storage, and there's a remote app you can use to control the Beam from your smartphone or tablet.
For a more professional setup, there is also a Cloud-based Beam, which is made specifically for business needs. Using an account to connect multiple devices, you can sync to different Beams around the globe to simultaneously display images and videos.
The more imaginative you are, the more you'll get out of the Beam. In addition to movies and TV shows, you can bring it into your kitchen to easily follow along with recipes, use it to show off your latest vacation photos, or set it up as an alarm clock that instantly displays the news and the weather on your wall when you wake up. You can also skip the whole light socket route altogether and attach a power cord to the Beam to project images and videos while laying it on its side.
If you're in the market for a smart projector, know that the Beam—which you can purchase on Amazon or on Beam's official website—will set you back around $450. It's a bit of an investment, but for Netflix junkies, or for people who want to turn their walls into a multimedia center, the Beam is the perfect gadget to make your home a whole lot smarter.