I have spent my new years eve at friends. During the 1,5 days of celebration, there was also some time for talking about technology and also about VASE and WIT – who is surprised? 😉
We identified a new problem – or, let’s call it „a challenge“: how can a DVB signal be transmitted from the wall socket in the living room to the TV in the bedroom, but without having cables hanging around? Moreover, how can the same signal be used to watch German „Frühstücksfernsehen“ in the bathtub on a mobile? (Yes, it was a very funny talk. Anyway, the technological aspects are real and they are challenging.)
We came to a concept with two raspberries (2 ARM based mini-PCs) and the already existing router as transmission hardware for bringing TV to the bedroom. For the bathtub scenario a standard mobile device can be used as hardware. Based on this hardware setup, WIT can be used in both cases as software solution to stream audio and video data between the central hardware and all existing clients. Fortunately, the software already includes a mechanism to auto-detect distant app instances. This eases the connection setup in this case a lot: you just have to acknowledge the streaming from the detected remote WIT instance. The only condition for this is: you have to configure the settings in the remote WIT instance in the right way in order to allow access to local resources like DVB-receivers and movie files. That’s all we need in general.
What is needed in special? Yes, support for a remote control in WIT would be nice. So, this is one of the planned next features of WIT.
And there is no experience with WIT on ARM architectures yet. So, we have to check if there occur problems when running WIT on an ARM CPU and solve them.
The story will be continued…