Sharing screens is cool. Extending my desktop and viewing my desktop on a larger screen were the two main reasons I used screen sharing utilities. In fact, I’m currently sharing my laptop screen on a 24 inch TV/Monitor. CES 2014 saw one company stand out, Airtame. Their product allows you to share your screen with many screens. Or devices. Wirelessly. Screen sharing just got taken to a whole new level. Let’s check it out.
Airtame Receives Best Startup Award at CES 2014
Airtame came out at CES 2014 and received the Best Startup award from several tech writers. They make a cool little USB dongle that lets you share your desktop with other computers and other WiFi-capable devices. The dongle is about three inches by 1.5 inches and about half an inch thick. Airtame allows sharing screens running Linux, Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, or Android. What used to just be cool just got awesome. Follow me.
Sharing Screens with Airtame is Quick and Easy
The Airtame dongle plugs into an HDMI port on the back or side of a TV. It’s got a micro USB port on the back that takes power from a USB port that can either be on the TV or plugged into a wall outlet. However, the cable is pretty short so the back of the TV is the easiest.
The next step is to install the software on the device or computer whose screen you want to share. Once the software is installed select the Airtame device that you want to stream to and let the devices connect. Once the connection is made, you’re off and running.
Sharing Screens Used to Be Limited
Sharing screens used to require a physical connection between the two components. This meant that sharing a single desktop across multiple monitors was difficult and expensive. The Airtame dongle costs about $135. Instead of only being able to share one computer’s screen only with several larger screens physically connected to the computer, Airtame lets you share it with anything Wi-Fi-enabled and running the software. It is completely platform independent.
This independence means you can take it pretty much anywhere. Use it at home to effortlessly stream a movie throughout the house. Run a presentation from your tablet or phone and share it with everyone at the meeting on their devices and on a larger screen using a projector. I like projectors because with my laptop, a portable screen, and a generator, the beach becomes an outdoor movie theater. When my Airtame arrives, I’ll be able to do this without the worry of cables.
Airtame Also Shares Audio
Since the dongle plugs into an HDMI port on the TV, not only is video shared from the source computer or device, but whatever audio is being played is also shared. Other methods of screen sharing require another set of cables to do this which is not only more expensive as more monitors are added it becomes next to impossible to move it around easily. This little dongle fits in your pocket and lets you quickly and easily share high quality video and audio content.
Security and Integrity of the Stream Was Important During Development
Large scale security breaches seem to have become almost commonplace, putting computer and network security into the forefront of many people’s thoughts. The Airtame broadcast uses high grade encryption, so you can be sure that only the people you want participating in the broadcast can do so. The software is intelligent enough to analyze the device it is being used on and adapting to give the user the best streaming experience possible.
The Airtame Software Is Open Source and Scalable
I like open source projects. Open source means that the person or people that developed it allow other people see what they did and how so they can improve on the original product. This means that although this thing is already really cool, it’s only going to get better. It’s so scalable it doesn’t matter if you just want to share with one device or a thousand devices. It lets you go as big or small as you want or need.