The Big fish eats the little one, that’s the same story with tech this days. The smartphone made it’s move, once a phone, now took over the web, photography, maps, text messaging and many more. There are a few things that need some fixing like VR (Samsung is doing some serious effort on it), but still a big screen cannot be replaced.
Digital TV is a wild market these days, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Sony, Google… everyone is pushing hard to get your big screen in their platform. Chromecast is definitely an open choice, I like the way that is more a computer extension rather than a TV. It’s insanely easy to install, you have a lot of services compatible and never the less, you can stream a chrome tab.
If Chromebook is a browser that you can hold in hands, chromecast is a tab that you can plug into your TV (I explained this way to my parents). But there’s more, recently TuneIn Radio became available on chromecast. Making 100,000 real radio stations accessible on such a small device, at a push of a button… (on Tunein app, of course).
This made me thinking of a way to make my own digital radio/tv… or let’s say media device:) I went to my workshop, dig out an old VGA display, stripped out of all the plastic parts and started to make a slick wood box for it. To link the chromecast to the system I bought a digital-to-analog splitter and I wanted to have as few cables possible, so I got a 220V USB supply.
On the way As my box is minimal, I don’t have an on/off switch on it. It’s set up at the lowest/ECO mode, but still turning off needs unplugging from the outlet. I am setting up an arduino + a relay switch + motion sensor to turn it on when I am around, like Nest thermostat is working to manage your heating.