AIRTAME is a crowdfunded product that started in Indiegogo and it is an HDMI dongle which focuses on customers located in the commercial market rather than the residential. The company, that has the same name as the device, has had the highest-funded European campaign in said crowdfunding website. They have raised $1.3-million from 22,000 financial backers. In more recent events, they were even able to secure an additional $1.4-million in seed financing. The device is basically the Chromecast for Business
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The purpose of AIRTAME is to function within commercial environments while still being in the lines of having an affordable price. The offered price point is even closer to that of other similar devices made for the average consumer.
Setting the dongle up is fairly simple enough and it is quite intuitive. Furthermore, users need to download the app on their mobile devices to make full use of the AIRTAME dongle. Even if you won’t read the instruction manual that goes with the package, you can get everything done – it’s that easy. Upon using the dongle on your TV, you can gain access to a bunch of features which include mirroring your screen, streaming video, and projecting videos.
When it comes to video streaming, there was some degree of latency. However, the company did say that this issue is something that is hard to be addressed as how much latency can be considered acceptable. They state that “we can say that are 100-milliseconds is acceptable for normal use/casual gaming.”
But what makes this dongle apart from the likes of Chromecast is that it has specific features for businesses such as streaming onto multiple screens (for when you need to project multiple areas of certain reports), cross operating system compatibility, and dual Wi-Fi connectivity. All of these also work fairly well, considering that it is placed in a reasonable price point.
AIRTAME CEO Jonas Gyalokay stated the following in a press release: “We are extremely excited about this investment. These funds will go directly towards scaling our operations to meet the overwhelming demand, hiring more employees and continuing to improve our already outstanding product.” The price of the dongle did rise after its initial release but it is still within the lines of being a reasonably priced device, especially when you consider its main target market. Comparing its price to Chromecast and you will indeed see a huge gap. However, the company claims that those who have already acquired the device will include compatibilities for NASA, NBC, Intel, Qualcomm, Autodesk, T-Mobile Systems, and Microsoft.