Matchstick, the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS, is the best way to experience your favorite movies, music, and games on your HDTV and HD Monitors. By now if you know what Google Chromcast is all about, consider it as it’s biggest competition till date.
The streaming media stick connects via Wi-Fi to your television’s HDMI port, allowing you to push videos, music and games from your PC to your screen.
Inside the device is a dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, 4GB of onboard storage and 1GB of DDR3 memory. Sticking with the animal motif so popular with Mozilla fans, on its exterior the device sports a tiny porcupine logo accented with Firefox orange.
Apart from the openness (which you won’t find with Google Chromcast) you will be happy to know that this will cost you as much as $10 from Google’s Chromcast – Retail price is already set to $25 (whereas Chromcast costs you $35). So in term of pricing, it’s also lucrative.
Here are how sender apps will typically work:
- Scan for Matchstick: The sender app searches for Matchstick devices residing in the same Wi-Fi network as the sender device. The scanning reveals a friendly display name, model and manufacturer, icon, and the device’s IP address. Presented with a list, a user may then select a target device from all those discovered.
- Connect to Matchstick: Both TLS and NON-TLS communication between sender and receiver are supported.
- Launch Receiver App: The sender initiates a negotiation with the target device, launching a receiver app either with the URL of a HTML5 receiver app, or even a Chromecast App ID.
- Establish Message Channels: With the receiver app now launched, Matchstick establishes message channels between the sender and receiver. In addition to a media control channel common to all Matchstick and Chromecast apps, any number of application-specific channels can also be established.
Mozilla is also planning to host an invitation-only Firefox OS App Workshop for Matchstick in San Francisco on November 18; if you’re interested, you can sign up here. Both companies are promising additional developer events around the world. To know more visit the KickStarter page today!
partial info via TNW