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Airtame - I'd like this from my Chromecast!

17th January 2014, 07:33 PM   |  #1  
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Airtame is a new HDMI dongle that promises to allow you to display anything from your devices...

Details here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ai...or-everyone--2

I was one of the early Chromecast buyers, successfully able to root and now running a number of the utilities found in this forum. But I still want to be able to simply cast anything I see on my pc or android phone to my TV. This new crowd-sourced device promises to do that, and more. Take a look at the link to see all the cool things they've planned. They started out requesting $160k, but have raised nearly $1M. With each successive goal completion, they've added a stretch goal and have achieved nearly every one. I think the key to its success is the ability to display just about any content you want.

Is there a way to do the same with our Chromecasts? I see the only thing holding it back at the moment is content. The devs here have been doing wondrous work bringing in content and more will be made available. Can we make Chromecast open to all content?

Oh, and they won the Engadget award for the "Best Startup of CES 2014"!

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17th January 2014, 07:51 PM   |  #2  
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Android screen mirroring seems to be on the way but it will require either Google or an OEM (not third party developer) to implement it, probably because of security concerns (not to mention DRM/copyright concerns).
https://plus.google.com/110558071969...ts/ch57ZKvqpYb

Meanwhile Koush is continuing to work on his own alternative for other targets.
17th January 2014, 09:22 PM   |  #3  
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Meh!

Only supports PC's etc. DOES NOT and by the sound of it WILL NOT support Android other than as a remote.
17th January 2014, 10:08 PM   |  #4  
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Miracast already does this and all this seems to do is remove the proprietary Miracast Wireless part of it...

CCast could do this already if someone just made an app for it and got it added to the whitelist.
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19th January 2014, 01:14 PM   |  #5  
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I'm actually working on getting the Airtame software running on the Chromecast. The software, its library and the protocol will be open source, so don't worry so much about hardware support just yet. Just stick around and see what the community will come up with. Disclosure: I'm working at the same office as the Airtame team.

Right now my problem is getting the Chromecast to a hackable state. The ones I have are all updated past the fixed boot loader, so I need to find a new vector. Last night I tried to solder probes to the I/O pins of the NAND chip itself to dump the flash using an Arduino and its super slow serial connection -- better than nothing at least. I need to find some thinner wire though; the stuff I used was 20-something AWG. Will give it another go next weekend.
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Looking forward to it jchillerup
19th January 2014, 10:46 PM   |  #7  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jchillerup

I need to find some thinner wire though; the stuff I used was 20-something AWG. Will give it another go next weekend.

Wire-wrapping wire (Kynar, 30+AWG) is your friend, though that stuff will break if you sneeze. Forceps and magnifying glass are also your friend.

And if you haven't already, sign up to be a developer so you can get your Chromecast whitelisted. That's the "proper" way to do mainstream Chromecast development.
20th January 2014, 12:20 AM   |  #8  
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Meh!

Only supports PC's etc. DOES NOT and by the sound of it WILL NOT support Android other than as a remote.

Did you read the fundraising targets? It hit a million, so there will be android and iOS support.

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Sound awesome

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20th January 2014, 03:27 AM   |  #10  
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Looks interesting. But in the faq it states that the ability to stream from an Android or iOS device is technically possible but access to specialized hardware is restricted by the vendors, thereby needing root or jailbreak to work. Which they also say they will not support. That's their words, so it looks like the road map is only for a remote or possibly casting a screen to the mobile device.

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