We are very happy to announce the launch of Flinger.co public beta 1. This is the first phase of an iterative process where we will be continuously rolling out improvements and features based on your feedback.
Flinger.co allows you to fling videos and just about anything with a URL to your smart/connect TV. Simply navigate to flinger.co on your TV, start a new channel, and then use the unique 6-digit channel code to pair your laptop. tablet, or smart phone to the channel. Once paired you can use the Flinger remote to fling YouTube and Vimeo videos to your TV.
With the Flinger.co Remote Chrome Extension you can easily right click on websites, links, and images to access the context menu option to instantly Fling that content to the paired Flinger channel.
Very soon we will be releasing the Flinger.co Remote App for Windows 8, which will allow you to share URLs directly from Windows 8’s native share button. The Flinger.co Remote App for Windows 8 will also offer a full-screen remote control user interface.
Flinger.co is currently account-less to remove any friction between sharing. So invite your friends to your unique 6-digit Flinger channel and fling content to each others screens. An unlimited number of remotes can control an unlimited number of screens.
This project was created to bring the features of Chromemote to a larger audience. Also this project is largely the result of our participation in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Accelerator for 2013. Our team, Mote Labs, was one of the top 15 teams in the US, and Microsoft flew us out to Silicon Valley for a week long startup boot-camp back in March.
Apart of the competition requirements were to build our project on Microsoft technologies. We were kind of shocked to have even advanced in the competition to the boot-camp phase considering our app, Chromemote, is built entirely on the Google stack for Google users. (Google Web Toolkit, Chrome API)
Since the Google TV tools do not allow for Chrome OS support in Chromemote and many users have requested this support, I had been looking into building my own web platform for moving away from the Chrome to Google TV plugin causing this limitation.
During the Microsoft boot-camp we decided to make a pivot beyond Google TV only and to build something from the ground up that brings one of the funnest features of Chromemote to just about any platform with a web browser.
Thanks to the amazing support from Microsoft, the Chromemote contributors, and countless hours this past month have made this dream a reality.
Flinger.co was built using Microsoft WebMatrix and Visual Studio and is running on Windows Azure’s cloud services. The original Flinger.co Remote application was designed and built for Windows 8 and will be available in the coming weeks. A companion Flinger.co Remote app will also be available for Windows Phone 8 very soon.
On top of this we wanted to stay true to our Google users and we have launched a Google Chrome extension that is compatible with Chrome OS. Look forward in the not too distant future for iOS and Android Flinger.co Remote apps. Until this we have made available a web app Fligner.co Remote. On any device you can navigate to http://remote.flinger.co/ to access the web app remote.
We have so much more planned going forward. We want to make sure we are on the right path, so please share your feedback.
Red Labs, a new startup accelerator program out of the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business, has named members of its first class.
Red Labs is designed specifically for UH students and alumni interested in starting new businesses. Although it has the same format as an accelerator — it is basically a startup bootcamp complete with mentors, co-working space and business training — it does not give funding in exchange for equity. The program is free for students and can be used for college credit.
The Houston Business Journal first wrote about Red Labs in January in a story about how new startup accelerator programs are springing up throughout Houston.
Red Labs is the brainchild of Hesam Panahi, a clinical assistant professor at Bauer who also runs UH’s 3 Day Startup program.
There are 12 students and alumni in Red Labs’ first class, which spans 12 weeks. Included in the class are Mote Labs, a company that streamlines television remotes into web browsers; VocaLesson, an Web-based platform to help voice students link online to their professors; and Kandy Kruisers, an e-commerce skateboard company.
After the Red Labs program is complete, the accelerator will host a “Demo Day” on May 29 during which the companies will present their business plans to potential investors and interested parties.
Panahi also plans to offer a Red Labs program in the fall 2013 semester.
One of the most useful Chrome extensions I came across recently is Chromemote. If you own build-in or stand-alone Google TV outside of US, you are probably out of luck to have Google’s Android TV Remote available in your Play store. The best one I found to replace it is Able Remote.
Chromemote steps in nicely if you use your computer (laptop or desktop) while you enjoy content on your TV in background. The user experience of quickly and easily flinging content to your big screen (simple right click on any web page or YouTube video will offer ‘Fling to Google TV’ option in the menu) is way much better then wasting time reaching out to your smartphone or the complex keyboard remote. So you don’t even have to open the Chromemote extension to fling the content. This is really great and smart solution coming from the extension developers.
The UI offers everything you need to manage your smart TV – navigation controls, device controls, app launcher and full screen mode where your computer’s mouse and keyboard become primary controls for the TV UI.
Another important thing Chromemote helps with the easy fling option is making easier to search for and consume the content you want, when you want on your big screen. While we find the cable network offering to be extremely boring and not relevant to our life, we can control what we consume much more easily by enabling the TV screen to display content that matters to us.
I would only advice developers to make it work for Chromebooks. I understand and admire the amount of hard work the developer Robert Dale Smith is putting into this software solution, so donations will encourage even greater iterations in the future.
TGIF!!!! Today we will be having another Hangout On Air with Chromemote Developer Robert Dale Smith.
To attend this event, please visit our G+ Event page. A link to the live event will be posted once it starts. If you can not attend and have some questions you would like answered, you can either leave them below in our comments, or you can leave them in our events page.
After the Q&A, our video will be automatically uploaded to YouTube for viewing at your leisure.
If you currently use chrome and haven’t installed Chromemote, head over to the Chrome Web Store and install it. Give it a try and tell us what you think.
Again, please visit the G+ Event page for this hangout.
Chromemote is a browsers extension for Google Chrome that integrates remote control of Google TV into the web browser. Right click on any link and Fling it to your TV. Chromemote also provides full remote control interface that can be accessed from a popup window. You can also pin this window to a tab within your browser. With Chromemote you can use your laptops keyboard and touchpad to control your TV. No more need to reach for a remote when you are surfing the internet on your laptop and watching TV at the same time.
Chromemote is available in the Chrome Web Store and can be downloaded directly to Chrome web browsers by clicking the install button at the top of every page on this web site. (source Chromemote)
Chromemote beta update version 0.1302.12 has been pushed out to the Chrome Web Store. +Mike Kendall, requested having a dark background for the Full Tab Mode, so I made it happen in this weeks update. For those that like the lighter background, I added an option in the settings menu to turn off the Lights Out mode. Also changed the behavior of the pin button in the Popup Mode to only open the Full Tab Mode. Also changed the icon to reflect the new behavior. Other than that just a few other minor improvements.(more…)
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