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PiCast: Make your own Google Chromecast using a Raspberry Pi!

The Gadget Show  Monday 05 August 2013

PiCast: Make your own Google Chromecast using a Raspberry Pi!

Google’s Chromecast dongle cleverly lets you dump whatever’s in your web browser on your TV with a single click, but with demand sky high, it’s hard to get hold of the $35 (£22) streaming device right now. Enter the next best thing: a clever hack which lets you use a Raspberry Pi to do exactly the same!

PiCast is the invention of hacker Lance Seidman: it’s a free app for the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer that lets you stream what’s on your computer’s web browser right to your TV. Just download it, plug the Pi into the back of your living room telly and share: at the moment it works with web pages and YouTube videos whereas Google’s Chromecast can show almost anything, but Seidman hopes to add much more functionality in time.

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Right now, PiCast is a little tricky to install, but it is free to download, and you can find files and instructions over at GitHub. While we’ve fallen in love with Sky’s £10 Now TV box, which can be hacked to play media files from a computer, it won’t play any and every thing you can open in your browser, whereas both Chromecast and PiCast potentially can.

Which way do you prefer? Open and hackable or closed and simple? Tell us in the comments below!

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picast, raspberry pi, Google, chromecast

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