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USB Shaped Set-Top-Box by Roku

Roku has a USB looking set-top-box which runs streaming video off the Mobile High Definition Link [MHL] interface standard.

It’s a sweet package all bundled up for portability.  As you can see the HDMI connector of the USB device, you click it once to a MHL supported TV and using the TV’s own remote you can steam video without the need of a bulky set-top-box.

Televisions that support MHL will be able to integrate Roku’s streaming TV platform simply by plugging in the stick. With the stick docked, it will be just like having the Roku set-top box: it adds the Roku interface (and the 400+ channels it offers), Wi-Fi connectivity, and local storage to the TV it is used on.

MHL standard is quickly becoming adopted by the major players like

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DisplayLink USB 3.0 Chip Makes for Multimedia Euphoria

DisplayLink will be pushing a new graphics chipset they say will take a major step toward any device with any display connectivity.  Well damn, that’ll make it easy.

DisplayLink

The nut for DisplayLink is their ability to leverage the bi-directional throughput of USB 3.0 to offer an array of functions and features.  This means multiple full HD videos, high res graphics, standard video imaging and networking data can be simultaneously running.  To give you an idea, apply these products to your imagination:

  • USB or Ethernet bus powered monitors
  • Universal USB docking stations with graphics, networking, and audio
  • Affordable Ethernet and USB zero clients for shared resource computing
  • USB to HDMI adapters for PC to TV connectivity
  • USB to DVI, VGA or DisplayPort adapters for multi-display notebooks
  • Mobile device to display
  • Dual-Headed USB bus powered graphics adapters

The new technology by DisplayLink include items such as:

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IO Gear Wireless USB Audio Video Kit [Video]

Check out the latest on-line commercial from IOGear.  The commercial concept is a question about your monitor shrinking in size when viewing content on-line…now you can stream from your PC to your flat screen or project from the IOGear wireless USB audio video kit.  The only thing they forgot to mention is the critical step of clean streaming content during viewing from your cable modem…ya right.

Interested, check out the latest prices from Amazon.

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Forget The Flip – Check Out The Samson Q3

We all know the MinoHD Flip is a great hand held video recorder and is probably the most popular one, but there is a new star on the horizon, the Samson Q3.

Where the Samson Q3 differs from the Mino Flip is the great ability to capture audio.  Just look at the thing…there is a towering microphone perched.  Ready to capture the best of moments.

Samson Q3

I would like to see what Jake & Amir can do with this thing?

In addition to the well positioned microphone, the Samson Q3 also has an expansion slot via SD card for additional memory capacity.  Up to 32GBs to be exact.

The Samson Q3 also has VGA output so you can easily connect the device to your TV for instant viewing. 

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