New 3M projector streams Roku content


October 8, 2012

The 3M Streaming Projector is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

The 3M Streaming Projector is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

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.

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.

Source: 3M via Dvice

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Great! Just have to increase the resolution and it is the best !


TV scaleable up to 120"? This is groundbreaking stuff!

Fritz Menzel

No mention of the number of lumens on the device, the kind of light source and that resolution will just leave u exasperated !

Many Chinese products (available in the 400 dollar range) carry 3000 lumens, 1280*1024 max resolution, HDMI ports , WIFI and most importantly, long lasting, low power and zero heat LED light source

They may not 'fit into your palm' or be the most sophisticated in terms of their build quality, but they work absolutely brilliantly.

If I really have to spend a huge amount and buy a branded LED-hybrid projector, I still wouldn't look beyond Casio green slimline range

Atul Malhotra

I got this projector thru and it cost me $169.00 and its one of the best projectors I've had. I use it for outside when we are camping, I use it for my patio at night with a camp fire. I use it even projecting it on my ceiling to watch Netflix. It is so easy to setup and easy to use, it fits into my camera pouch. Its one of the best, and when you are tired to watching movies, connect it to your Xbox, Playstation 3 or iphone, and you can do amazing thing with it. Get if its still available.

Frank Reyes

I agree that its pretty cool to have a Roku on a projector but I personally would rather not have the to search for wifi just to get it to work. If there was like a USB port and built in player like other projects(i.e.- AAXA P2 Jr. or Optoma Pk320) PLUS the roku then that would be the best. But since it doesnt I've gone with an AAXA just because of that. And the lumens and resolution on the AAXA P2 Jr. is about the same maybe better cuz of the higher native resolution. Don't believe me you've have to see this video comparison -


Question: I have the 3M projector with Roku, but all I want to do is project still images from my computer, I see the HDML port in the back of the projector so I'm thinking, I have an iMac OSX (10.7.5), all I need is a HDMI to firewire and then it'll project my computer screen? Any tips?

Chuck McCann
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