Add AirPlay to any TV soon with a $35 mini computer

“The Raspbery Pi project is a darling little exercise in ingenuity,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“It looks like a USB thumb drive, but instead of 2GB of flash, it’s a fully functional computer running Debian Linux, featuring a 700 MHz ARM 11 processor, 128 MB of RAM, a USB port, and an Ethernet port… all for just $35,” Brownlee reports.

“The only problem is that while the Raspberry Pi is in production, there’s still no ship date, so if you’re looking to graft AirPlay onto your existing set, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer,” Brownlee reports.

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Er,….. I am guessing that you need a digital tv with a usb input???

    So “any” tv is not quite right. Is this using AirPlay?? or a Windows version of something??

  2. There’s a few short cuts in this article. It isn’t a thumb drive for example, but a roughly credit card sized uncased circuit board. And using it for AirPlay is a bit of a waste, the real aim is to teach our children to become hackers (in the old “good” sense of the word)

    1. Saw an early development unit last year and it was USB stick sized with usb port on one end and I think HDMI on the other.
      Am excited by the pi and anything Python….it even does BBC Basic and C. I still laugh at all the Monty Python references and syntax jokes. Fou and Bar // Spam and Eggs….anyone?

  3. By the time you add a case, a power supply, cables and distribution costs and add a modest profit, this kluge will cost more than the Apple TV. All you gain is Airplay so you may as well just plug a cable into your TV from your computer for a few bucks.

    1. This is not really for someone wanting a cheaper ATV. its a system for hardware hackers and ones who like to tinker. MDN would probably be lost configuring it and I’m surprised they ran the story

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