PiCast the open source alternative to Google’s $ 35 Chrome Cast




Chrome cast, the little streaming HDMI Stick by Google was at the event on the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3, the real surprise. $ 35 to bring content from your smartphone or tablet directly to the domestic TV. Easy to use and with a price that is more like a take-away items as a tech gadget. But there is, at least for us in Germany, two problems.


On the one hand, the stick is not sold in this country. Is speculated as the sales start September, a confirmation, there is not yet . Secondly, the availability is just practically non-existent. In the U.S., orders are given in the Play Store with several weeks for delivery. In stores like Best Buy you get well no more Chrome casts.

Who but a little want Chrome Cast feeling on the TV , can now lend a hand. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, which already at prices from 30, – € is available in the online shop. Still, the solution is rather complex, the Lance Seidman has begun to develop on its GitHub page of the project but is everything you need to consider.

The idea is not absurd, and even if not much work, we are hearing a lot of PiCast. At least for hobbyists, there seems to be even more interesting solution, since the Chrome cast stick is anything but open. The recently enabled boot exploit has already been patched and it does not look as if Google open the stick in the foreseeable future for developers .

The nearly 10-minute video shows how PiCast works exactly. So if you have lying around a Raspberry Pi (supposed to happen), you can try a self-made Chrome cast to build.


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