Dock your Android device wirelessly to any TV, with Android Transporter and Raspberry Pi

June 22, 2012
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Those of you who’ve been following up with our website for more than a little while might remember a little piece we did a month back on Android Transporter, a software project based on Wi-Fi Display technology that makes wireless display between two Android devices a piece of cake.

The project was in development at the time and is still far from an official introduction and release, but we’re excited to let you know about an important Transporter update. The software has now been made to work with the Raspberry Pi and allows easy content sharing from an Android smartphone or tablet to a television set or video projector.

If Raspberry Pi doesn’t ring any bells, you should know that it’s a single-board computer developed in the UK for teaching basic computer science in schools, and its price is a measly $25. In fact, we’re pretty sure pricing was the main reason why ESR Labs, the team behind Android Transporter, chose Raspberry Pi for the project. We can only say kudos to the team for trying to make the technology accessible to the masses.

In the video clip at the end of the post, you can see how the Android Transporter connects a Google Nexus smartphone to a regular TV set, with the help of a Raspberry Pi computer. However, we would have liked to see in the clip the exact setup procedure needed to connect the devices, so as to understand the technology better.

Also, we’re a bit phased by the easily noticeable lag in the video, which might make gaming a bit difficult and uncomfortable. Then again, Daniel from ESR Labs has promised to put some additional work into reducing latency from 150 ms to below 100, so, all in all, we should wait for the technology to be completed before criticizing it too heavily, right?

There’s no ETA so far for when to expect the Android Transporter to be released commercially. What we do know, however, is that the software will be open-sourced “as soon as the APIs will be reasonably stable”. That’s when the real fun will begin, folks, so keep in touch for regular updates on what already looks like a very promising project that might make a big difference in the Android world in the close future.

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