Friday, July 26, 2013

Totem Soup Tech News - Chromecast

marquee-productIntroducing Chromecast! I am actually kind of excited to see something like this hit the market. Not necessarily something new to the market considering media streaming can be handled by most game systems and internet TV boxes. Currently Most game systems and devices like Roku, Google TV, Apple TV, and even the Android mini pc's all have the same functionality as this device, however, the price tag of $35 makes this ideal for people who want to cut that cable cord and can't afford the more expensive means of doing it. Let's be honest, not everyone can afford a PS3 for every TV in their house. The device will also work with various music services including Google Play Music and Pandora, and we’ll expect it to work with others in the future.  Also an entire web page as shown in Chrome can be cast to the TV, allowing users to browse the web directly on the TV set, using their connected devices. Notice I wrote "connected devices". The cast feature works across platforms. You’ll be able to cast to your TV from Windows, Mac and Chrome OS devices, as well as iOS Android tablets and smartphones.

With the click of a button, you can fling (send) Netflix videos, Pandora music, YouTube videos, Google Play Music, Play Movies and TV, pictures and web pages to your big screen TV. And this is just the beginning. Google has provided API access for software developers. The potential is overwhelming at the gate for this glorious little device. And with that mentioning earlier of Google providing the api for developers almost at release means development started, almost literally, at day 1. The popular "hardware betterment" site (fuck it, I made it a word) XDA Developers already have a section on the forums for "modders" to share their tinkering conquests. From their track record, they should have this little device disassembled and made even more awesome within weeks. you can visit sed forum by clicking their name here: XDA Developers.




And now, for the geeks, Tech specs!
Technical specifications

Output: HDMI,CEC compatible

Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p,Dimensions72(L) x 35(W) x 12(H) mm

Weight: 34g

Wireless: 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

Power: USB, (Power adapter included)

Supported Operating Systems: Android 2.3 and higher,iOS® 6 and higher, Windows® 7 and higher, Mac OS® 10.7 and higher,Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon).


Alright there you have it. I am Holytotemic, and this is Totem Soup.