Sunday, June 15, 2014

Airtame: Easy, Wireless Screen Sharing

Winner of the Engadget Best of CES 2014 “Best Startup” award, Airtame is a Copenhagen-based company looking to bring wireless HDMI to everyone. Its debut product, the Airtame dongle, lets you wirelessly stream your computer screen to any TV, projector, or monitor. If you've ever tried to share your computer screen to other devices, you most likely had cable nightmares. But soon, you'll be enjoying sweet wireless HDMI dreams with Airtame.

As Richard Lai, senior editor of Engadget, put it, Airtame is “a Miracast dongle on steroids.” Use Airtame to duplicate your computer desktop on any TV, monitor, or projector, and enjoy full HD content, family photos, games, and more on a bigger screen. Airtame supports multiple screens as well, so say you want to share a report with more than one colleague, you can.

In addition, Airtame lets you wirelessly extend your desktop. Need more space? Drag some of your windows to the bigger screen. This feature is also useful when giving presentations – for instance, you can present your slides on a larger screen while keeping your notes to yourself.

Last but not least, Airtame allows you to share your computer screen to both Airtame and other computers simultaneously. It works with Windows, Apple, Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The best part is, using Airtame is as easy as joining a Wi-Fi network. Just plug the dongle into the HDMI and USB ports of your projector, monitor, or TV. Then, from the Airtame app on your computer, choose which Airtame to stream to and you're all set. Nothing is plugged into your computer, as Airtame uses the Wi-Fi technology that's already in it.

With tens of thousands of supporters in over 80 countries worldwide, Airtame is the most crowdfunded Danish project of all time, having successfully raised more than $1.2 million on Indiegogo. If you missed all the action, you can still pre-order your dongle on the Airtame website. The product is expected to ship by the fourth quarter of 2014.

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