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Roku and 3M’s portable ‘Streaming Projector’ can output a 120-inch projection for $299

Roku and 3M have a new streaming media device that has something the Apple TV and older Roku boxes don’t: a built-in projector. Touted as “the first-of-its-kind,” the Streaming Projector combines 3M’s history of tested portable projection technology with Roku’s expertise in providing digital media content. Armed with a rechargeable battery, the Streaming Projector can project an image up to 120 inches in size for up to two hours and 45 minutes on continuos play, which does seem a little short. In addition to the 600 channels from services including Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix (NFLX), smartphones and tablets can also be connected to the projector to stream content via an iOS and Android app. 

The Streaming Projector does have a set of stereo speakers and it even comes with a remote control, but for $299, it might be a tough sell for the average consumer. High-definition aficionados will also pass on the Streaming Projector, as it can only project at an 800 x 480 resolution. Still, if you’re looking for a portable video projector, the Streaming Projector is goes on sale on October 22nd. Read on for 3M and Roku’s press release.


3M Unveils First-of-its-Kind Streaming Projector

3M Streaming Projector Uses New Roku® Streaming Stick Providing Access to Hundreds of Channels Practically Anywhere

ST. PAUL, MINN. (October 5, 2012)  Everyone loves that big-screen movie experience, yet as streaming content has continued to grow in popularity, people’s screen choices keep getting smaller – from the TV to the computer to the laptop to the tablet and even the smartphone.  Today, 3M, an innovative leader in mobile projection, and Roku®, have partnered to create a truly unique and affordable entertainment experience by bringing back big-screen viewing.  3M is introducing the first-of-its kind Streaming Projectorso users can finally untether from their living room TVs, stop crowding around their tiny screens and create an instant cinema big-screen viewing experience anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection can be accessed.

Small enough to fit in your hand, yet able to project an image up to 120 inches, the 3M Streaming Projector is perfect for family movie nights, sleepovers and evening backyard parties.  With up to a two hour 45 minute battery life, the 3M Streaming Projector can project almost anywhere – on to a basement wall, a bedroom ceiling or even a backyard fence.

Mark Colin, vice president and general manager of 3M Mobile Interactive Solutions Division said “With the 3M Streaming Projector, parents can recreate those epic movie memories from their childhoods that can be experienced through the magic of projection.”   Equipped with a Roku Streaming Stick™, the projector has access to over 600 channels with both paid channels likeNetflix®, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video and free channels like Crackle, so there is content for everyone.

“We’ve worked very closely with the 3M projector team to ensure consumers get the best streaming experience available from a projection device” says Chas Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Roku’s platform OEM business.  “The 3M Streaming Projector creates a big-screen Roku experience for people to enjoy content in any setting.”

The 3M Streaming Projector integrates the Roku Streaming Stick, a thumb-drive size device that gives users access to the Roku platform, which features a mix of videos, music and game channels.

“Thanks to our partnership with Roku, we are excited to introduce an affordable streaming projector that delivers both a high-quality viewing experience, as well as easy access to a wealth of entertainment” said Colin.

The 3M Streaming Projector is now available for pre-order for $299.  There is a limited time offer to receive a $20 Amazon Instant Video credit.  Orders will begin shipping October 22nd.

Raymond Wong

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.