I love my Chromecast little stick and I tend to use it even for Smart TVs. It’s easy to command and I can easily play my favorite youtube videos or youtube playlists.
I also love about it that it defaults (when nothing is streamed to it) to a nice app that simply shows beautiful nice Featured photos from Google+.
This got me thinking – why I can’t simply listen to music while seeing these nice photos? Why I have to watch them on perfect silence or have to use another device to play music?
For me it seems a fare questions so here are a couple of solutions I thought of:
- Create a simple app that would allow you to chose what your TV displays. This would allow you to chose to play the youtube videos on background and let the random photos be displayed on your TV. It’s a simple idea, would simply work as 2 diferent tabs in a browser work.
- Even nicer would be to be able to split the screen in 2, 1/3-2/3, 1/4 – 3/4 and chose what it’s played on left or right side (this applies to all the other items in the list)
- Integrate the photos app with Google play music (I haven’t tried this service yet) and let the photos be played randomly while you listen a radio station for example.
- The coolest idea would be to have an app that would play random photos from Google plus or the posts of the ones you follow on the social app (even it’s not the biggest social app used) persons or businesses – while you play your favorite music or favorite radio station.
Another nice feature/app I would like to have on my chromecast device might seem a little SF. Nowadays, 4G networks or very good internet services and wifi coverage allows you to make video calls. Why not be able to cast the video you receive during a video call to your chromecast and use the phone to initiate the video call and send the video of your own camera to your caller?
Think about it. You could easily make a conference of 3 people. They will receive the video from the front camera of your phone as usual, but you’ll be able to display their live videos on your TV (which is bigger and has a higher resolution than your phone, laptop, or computer monitor).
Even further, Chromecast could incorporate a mini video conference module and an app built with it, that might change the way some people make phone calls to their families, distant relatives, old friends that moved far away.
These are only the simple ideas. I’m sure if anyone finds them good enough they can be translated into a complete requirements document and a project plan can be created based on it.
For any further clarification of the ideas (if needed) drop me a note and I will reply. I would find it as a very relaxing activity to work even more and deeper on such a project 🙂