The world seems to be moving away from projectors. Almost all of the tech-savvy consumer's content is downloaded digitally and streamed to TVs, tablets and smartphones. The projector is kind of lost in the shuffle of all of this. Enter 3M's Streaming Projector, which merges the massive display sizes that only a projector can produce, with the streaming content for which Roku is known.
This projector is tiny, which is in keeping with the trend in personal electronics today. It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs in at about a pound. It is capable of projecting an image of up to 120 inches, and it can place these images just about anywhere. The 3M Streaming Projector has a resolution of 800 x 480, which will not blow away the hardcore HD junkies, but it is quite impressive when you consider the size of the device.
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The projector is battery powered and should last approximately two hours and 45 minutes per charge. This should be sufficient for watching most movies. If you are watching a movie somewhere with an AC power outlet, this should not prove to be an issue. If not, you will have to avoid those epic movies and stick to something a little shorter.
The Roku player is integrated through HDMI. That means not only can you get access to all of Roku's content such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and Crakle, but you can also hook up an Xbox 360 or any other HDMI compatible device and display it on the projector. In all, Roku grants access to more than 600 channels, so there should be plenty of content available.
As you might expect, the projector connects via Wi-Fi, so the device can be used almost anywhere. It also includes a credit card-sized remote for controlling your media from across the room. It has small speakers built-in and audio out for hooking it up to most sound systems.
The device is available for preorder from Amazon for US$299. It will ship on October 22nd of this year.