If you mention “TV” and “smartphone” in the same sentence, most people will think about watching TV programmes on their phone. Some people will probably think of Sling. But what if you want to do it the other way round? What if you want to see what’s on your smartphone on your TV? In that case, Snapstick may have just what you want.
Jeffrey and Esbjorn ask Balaji Krishnan, Founder of Snapstick, why you’d want move from your smartphone to your TV.
Think about it, you’re browsing away on your smartphone and you come across something that looks really interesting but it’s on the tiny smartphone screen. Wouldn’t it be great if you could watch it on the big TV screen. That’s what Snapstick lets you do – hand off content from your phone to the TV.
The Snapstick is a combination of an app and a small box that you connect to your TV via HDMI. The box runs a custom version of Firefox and what happens is that the URL of the webpage or YouTube video gets passed by the app to the Snapstick box, which then displays that webpage or video. Data isn’t actually streamed from the smartphone to the TV, just the location is transferred.
Snapstick is currently in talks with hardware vendors to embed Snapstick into media players and a trial version may be available from D-Link. If you want to see Snapstick in action, there’s a YouTube video.
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