Chromecast is a new device by Google designed to allow you to stream media from internet services such as YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play to your (HD only) television and sound system. Looking very much like a thumb drive, the Chromecast plugs into the HDMI port of your TV, and syncs with any app that builds the feature into their service or app. You can control the video or music with a number of devices, including your PC, Android phone or tablet, along with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macs. So basically anything that connects to your home network.
You can even stream this post! In fact, I’m typing this review more or less using my bed room TV as a 32 inch wireless monitor. You can ‘cast’ any Chrome browser tab to your television once you have the Chromecast extension installed (very simple to install, the Chromecast walks you through it in the very simple set-up). This allows you to watch content that hasn’t been specifically designed to run with Chromecast.
The technology is new, and while the amount of apps specifically supported at the moment are few, many more are in development. Pandora is confirmed to be working on adding the option to their service, and beyond that, the options are limitless for developers. I’m sure we’ll see some amazing things produced in the future.
I’ve included a video at the bottom, showing the capabilities of the device. I love mine, as does the (non-tech-savy) fiancé. For $35, you get a lot of bang for the buck. Total ‘Yea!’ from me; it’d take a lot more than $35 to buy mine off of me.