The Chromecast has been one of the hottest new products of 2013, and as any successful technology product, it’s going to inspire alternatives by other companies. The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is the latest. The Miracast is able to mirror the screen of your phone’s or tablet, allowing users to enjoy games, videos, photos and apps in Full HD on a big-screen TV, just like the Chromecast does. For mirroring, mobile devices must have Miracast support, meaning they must run at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for some handsets, or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for others.
The Miracast runs at $79, which is more than double the price of Google’s Chromecast. Also, the Chromecast has a lot more device support, including iOS, Windows, and OSX, making it seem like the better option, at least at first glance. Still, check out the source link if you are interested.
Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line. The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.
Hit the break for the full press release and then be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid throughout the day for more coverage from CES 2013.
We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.
While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?