Just as the Google Chromecast was catching on and considered the “go-to gadget gift” this year, already the competition has one-upped the versatile device, meet the AIRTAME.
Who Is The Google Chromecast Competition? AIRTAME, “A wireless HDMI dongle for everyone”
This wireless HDMI USB plug and play device looks like a hybrid between a car key and the chromecast after undergoing a redesign based on consumer feedback. It may seem like the AIRTAME is just riding the streaming trend of the Google Chromecast or Apple TV, but by comparison the AIRTAME will offer more options of how to use the device and provide tighter security with hardware encoding not found (yet) in the Google Chromecast.
AIRTAME is not for sale just yet, but you can pre-order the handy mobile device for $89, more than the $35 chromecast, but by comparison, you get more. The additional features of AIRTAME include the ability to duplicate your screen on multiple desktops, you can also extend your desktop (without additional cabling) and share whatever you like, PC to PC.
Performance and versatility is the focus of the AIRTAME who notes that their proprietary software is able to use different encoding settings for different purposes. For example if you are using the device for gaming, the focus will be on optimization of frame rate and response time, for watching videos, AIRTAME increase the buffering to match the frame rate to give the best video quality possible via WiFi stream. Right now only 2 channel audio is supported on this device, but surround sound is a “stretch goal” for AIRTAME.
Entertainment vs. Productivity
AIRTAME’s greatest advantages are productivity and work related, while chromecast has been focused on the entertainment value for its users. The AIRTAME device was developed out of Copenhagen Denmark and has raised over $360,000 with still 20 days of funding left on the crowdfunding site indegogo.
AIRTAME has also just added features to its USB dongle that allow you to add USB speakers, and wireless devices such as a keyboard and mouse. AIRTAME will be featured at the upcoming Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show that takes place January 7th through the 10th, 2014.