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Monday, 14 April 2008

TV transmission.. more gadgetry!

I've been looking for a small, low-powered bit of kit that can sit under the television in the lounge that can do two things, mainly:

  • stream video from the TV in the lounge to the mac mini in the kitchen
  • play videos downloaded or streamed from the internet on the main TV

The main benefit of having the mac on all the time is that it gives us all access to shared resources (be they CD images of games or MP3s or downloaded TV programmes) so any device I get wouldn't really need to have its own storage, or much of a brain, really - just enough to move video from place to place.

I'd considered buying a micro-ITX PC (such as the Aopen MP945-VXR) but it could run to hundreds of pounds as all the components add up. However, I heard about a gadget reviewed on the mightily entertaining Daily GizWiz that piqued my interest. It's the Neuros OSD - OSD stands for 'Open Source Device' and it runs a version of Linux.

It has audio/video in, audio/video out, a network connection, and a USB connector - and the best thing is, there's a very active community that really makes the most of what it can do. Suffice it to say, I've ordered one (with a money off voucher) from Maplin for just over £130; I'm not sure I could get anything as effective anywhere else - it certainly knocks spots off the Slingbox!

I'll be sure to review it when it arrives...

Posted by james at April 14, 2008 5:52 PM

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