The wireless dongle enables streaming on any TV with a HDMI port.
Plair is ready to start shipping its new streaming solution in April with one caveat, all pre-orders have been claimed. The product represents a new avenue for bridging the living room television with the internet, and in theory can stay as up-to-date as the accompanying computer.
By plugging the dongle into a HDMI port and powering on the display, the user can then proceed to pair the dongle with a local wireless internet. After the short process the dongle is accessing the internet wirelessly while being controlled by the paired PC, Mac OS, iOS, or Android device. By installing a Chrome extension, the associated device takes control of the dongle and can direct it, for instance, to playback YouTube or Netflix videos. The controlling device also becomes a media hub by serving downloaded videos.
The device's purported ease of use and form factor make it a great mobile solution, and while it is controlled by another device, that other device is still free to do whatever, even play or stream other videos or turn off completely.
Engadget is one of the many tech press representatives to play with the device and have confirmed it as a promising solution.