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

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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.