A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is underway for an innovative new smart projector that works by being screwed into a light source.

Beam claims to be able to turn any flat surface into a big screen and a patent is pending for the technology included in the product.

The firm behind Beam is hoping to raise $200,000 (£130,000) and with 34 days to go until the end of the fundraising period around 25 per cent of that money has already been pledged.

Beam is controlled via a smartphone app that is available on both iOS and Android. Users are able to pre-programme the device so that it "can entertain and assist you throughout the day".

Watching movies or playing games is simple through Beam, but the smart projector can be used for many different things, including listening to music and streaming other multimedia content.

The company behind Beam added that users would be able to "play projected board-games on your dining table, show a presentation or even use it in a restaurant to show the menu and turn the walls into digital paintings".

Connectivity is at the heart of the Beam smart projector, with the makers ensuring devices such as mouse and keyboard, game controllers, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speakers and smart watches can all be connected to the projector.

Beam even includes an LED light, so it can replace an existing light source in the home. Due to the fact that the innovation is powered via the light socket and is also always connected to the internet, it can therefore instantly project anything the user wants instantly.

Kickstarter pledgers are expected to receive their Beam projector in October 2015.