“Everybody started sharing ideas on where they would place beam in their house, and almost all of them were in a different location,” says van Geel. “We were no longer limited by the traditional spots and could now freely dream up places where we would love to have a screen.” Instead of forcing us to look for content in new places, it brings useful interactions to the places we already inhabit.
Our homes are becoming increasingly connected and the Apple watch promises tocreate new kinds of interactions. Beam makes it easy to create outputs for these technologies without forcing us to constantly check our phones. At $399 Beam is not cheap, but as prices fall, it’s not hard to imagine this type of projector proliferating and creating a movie-like environment. “Her is a superb movie that showed people that technology could be an integrated and almost natural part of our lives,” says van Geel. “We didn’t look at Her specifically, but in our design approach we look at products as if they would have a personality on their own—so that’s the approach we took here as well.”
Beam is raising funds on Kickstarter until March 24th and is also inviting developers to come up with new applications for the device. “People come up with infinite ideas on how to use it and they love to share this with us—of course there also some more unusual uses people suggest to us,” says van Geel. “Let’s just say some dark rooms are better suited for Beam than we’d like to imagine.”
source: wired.com BY JoSEPH FLAHERTY