Google’s Chromecast just might be the reigning King in living rooms when it comes to streaming dongles for your TV, but many other devices have started to emerge that could very easily give the Chromecast a run for its money. One such device that has yet to reach consumer hands is called the “Airtame” streaming Dongle, and it was actually a crowd funded project on indiegogo. We don’t know about you, but crowd funded projects are the best sometimes, because we get to see a lot of really cool ideas come to light, all because of the excitement garnered by the masses that would love to own said products. The Airtame, is a dongle that promises to bring all sorts of Chromecast like features, along with plenty that the Chromecast doesn’t yet itself possess. Its still very possible of course that we could see some of these features get updated into Google’s little wonder dongle before the Airtame reaches the hands of the backers and those who pre-ordered, which is scheduled to be sometime this may if all goes well.
As for what Airtame offers, you can stream any local media you have to your TV , projector, or connected monitor, but above and beyond that, Airtame has a companion application client that can be installed on computers, that allows you to stream media to it as well via the dongle. One feature that plenty of Chromecast owners have been begging for Google to implement, is the wireless display feature. The ability to cast your tablet or smartphones display to the TV or monitor that Chromecast is connected to, could open up additional awesome new ways to enjoy your favorite apps and games. Yep, Airtame will have that feature too. One cool feature that we absolutely love and can’t wait to try though, is the ability to wirelessly extend your desktop or laptop’s display, to a bigger screen. For me personally, this would potentially eliminate the need for me to pick up or build a Steam Box for my games on the big TV.
This device was surely a no brainer when it hit indiegogo’s webpage, as consumers saw the value in what a product like this could offer, which resulted Airtame completely obliterating its funding goal of $160,000 and by the end, amounting over $1.2 million.( a total of $1,268,148 to be exact) Utterly smashing their goal is going to allow the makers of this fine product to be, to add in additional features it otherwise wouldn’t have had the funding to add in. So far the only thing we know of that it wasn’t previously going to include, was mobile device support. Now with nearly eight times the amount of it’s original funding goal, we’ll see ios and more importantly.. Android apps, become available for use with this awesome device upon launch that should allow it to act the same way the Chromecast does when we stream stuff from those devices. To pick one of these little guys up when they’re available,(which will be sometime later this year) it’ll cost you probably closer to $100 which is a considerable amount more than a Chromecast, but with all the extra features it sounds like it might be worth it.