This $35 Computer-On-A-Stick Is All You Need To Bring AirPlay To Any HDTV

This $35 Computer-On-A-Stick Is All You Need To Bring AirPlay To Any HDTV

The Raspbery Pi project is a darling little exercise in ingenuity. It looks like a USB thumb drive, but instead of 2GB of flash, it’s a fully functional computer running Debian Linux, featuring a 700 MHz ARM 11 processor, 128 MB of RAM, a USB port, and an Ethernet port… all for just $35. Splendid, splendid geekiness. Hanging this from your car keys, you can literally get connected anywhere. But where’s the Apple angle?

Try this one for size: it supports AirPlay.

It’s a little hacky in the video above, but as you can see, one of the Raspberry Pi developers was successful in hooking the device up to an HDMI-connected TV, then getting Airplay Video pumping through it via his iPad.

Awesome. This is an AirPlay solution for your television that is $65 cheaper than an Apple TV. The only problem is that while the Raspberry Pi is in production, there’s still no ship date, so if you’re looking to graft AirPlay onto your existing set, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

  • Tim Meesseman

    Does anyone else think that looks like a fat Steve Jobs?

  • Gustav Sundh

    Hells yes! My first thought to.

  • ddevito

    Apple will sue Pi – buy them while you still can. For $35 it pretty much is the only reason to get an Apple TV anyway.

  • thomasculligan2

    Totally thought the same thing when I first saw it.  Lol

  • frissonic

    what … no wireless chip? ;)

  • Pablo Sotomayor

    probably doesnt do airplay mirroring for ipad games & etc

  • Randy Glenn

    Couple of things:
    1. Current Raspberry Pi boards are credit card-sized, not keychain sized. The Ethernet, USB and HDMI jacks alone are bigger than a keychain.
    2. The AirPlay stuff is some already-available Linux software that’s been made to run on this ARM-based Linux system. If you’re not a command line person, you’ll be learning new skills to do this.
    3. The AirPlay stuff isn’t likely to be included with the board – as an education-targeted project, they’re going to be including some standard Linux distributions with the board.
    4. The first 10,000 boards are in production now, and expected to ship at the end of the month.

  • mikemcl

    Model A will have 128 MiB RAM memory, one USB port and no Ethernet controller, and will cost US$25, while model B will contain 256 MiB RAM memory, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller and will cost US$35.

    Wikipedia is back up – you can do fact checking now.

  • Sean Smith

    Agreed. I thought the same thing when I saw the top image as well.

  • Siby Thomas

    Absolutely, that was my first though when I saw the picture. 

  • ZeeKazim

    hmmm.. Nice idea!
    I think more & more options for AirPlay support will emerge. AirPlay streaming already works on my Boxee Box & I’m loving it..!

  • Brandon Dillon

    Trololololol

  • twitter-316132483

    For the price of $35, if it works as advertised, it sounds like a great little gadget.
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  • djrobsd

    It’s too bad Apple and Samsung don’t play nice, it would be great to have an Airplay app for my Samsung Smart TV…. Guess I’ll buy this instead.

  • Fabian Schneider

    that is NOT the /RaspberryPi. the real one is not shaped like a usb device.
    http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiB…  that is the correct device. how could you make such a big mistake ?

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