The Zotac StreamBox is a small device that you can plug into a TV in order to stream content from your phone, tablet, or laptop to the big screen in your living room. It supports DLNA and Miracast wireless protocols, which means if you have a compatible Android 4.2 or later phone or tablet you can also mirror you mobile display on your TV.
Zotac has been offering mini-computers that can function as home theater PCs for a few years. But the StreamBox is more of a bridge between your mobile devices and your TV than a PC in its own right.
The Zotac website is pretty light on specifications for the StreamBox, but we know it has HDMI output, a microUSB cable, a USB power adapter, a mini optical S/PDIF adapter, USB, Ethernet, and 802.11n WiFi.
In addition to streaming content from a mobile device you can plug in a USB flash drive or hard drive to play music, videos, or photos on your TV.
The StreamBox meausres about 4.2″ x 4.2″ x 1.5″ and has a low-power processor that uses less than 3 watts of power.
What we don’t know is what that processor is, what kind of software the StreamBox comes preloaded with, and if it can run handle any tricks like running XBMC software or custom ROMs.
There’s also no word on the price or release date for the StreamBox.
Is anyone producing a similar box but with the Atom Z2760? Would be interested in a fanless box.
I don’t get it. Why should I want to stream from my phone to a TV. It will train my battery in few hours. Whats wrong with a separate small PC that is smart enough to stream directly from Internet?
Things like the Google App Store and running Android Apps in general aren’t usually available for the PC! Besides, this also means anyone can share their account linked media!
Also, since it’s streaming, just dock your phone or tablet and you won’t have to worry about draining the battery!
I am interested in this, I have a nexus 4 that supports the protocol, I wonder what the specs and price end of looking like.
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