JoyDrone
The Chromecast is a fantastic little device. It’s relatively cheap, it’s for the most part reliable and with Google pushing the standard it’s still actively being developed; but with only a HDMI connection, it’s limited. JoyDrone from DRZ Creation, which has just launched on Kickstarter aims to let you connect any set of speakers or device with a 3.5mm connection to your Chromecast.

JoyDrone is a small cap for your Chromecast HDMI connection which lets you plug a 3.5mm jack into the end. It’s a female connection, which means you can just plug anything into it with a 3.5mm extension cable. The simplicity of the system is that it’s a mere hardware hack, though packaged into what appears to be a nicely manufactured cap – once it’s clipped on, your software usage is the same as using any Chromecast app.

The project costs a bit to buy into, with a very limited offer of USD$19 per device with a USD$12 shipping charge. The project can be more widely backed for USD$29 + shipping for the Joy Drone with an estimated delivery date of August. The Joy Drone team has purchased an initial 100 unit delivery from Taiwan, so it appears ready to rock, but the project is only at $1670 of a $30,000 goal.

You can see more about the project at the Joy Drone Kickstarter page.

As usual with all projects of this type, we are here to inform not advocate backing the project. All projects on Kickstarter have no guarantee that they’ll end up being produced even if their goal is reached, so please ensure you are aware of all the terms and conditions before you back a project.

Source: Kickstarter.
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    Level380
    Level380
    5 years ago

    ok can’t post the URL as posts getting held for review.. and those posts never get approved! Want to do this on the cheap, then google “how-i-turned-my-chromecast-into-a-45-networked-audio-adapter” you’ll find the required page. Costs $9USD for the dongle

    Chris
    Reply to  Level380
    5 years ago

    The problem is Disqus doesn’t notify us when there’s pending posts.. we have to log in and check. It’s a shortcoming :/ I’ll find yours and approve it.

    Level380
    Level380
    Reply to  Chris
    5 years ago

    Thanks Chris……

    Level380
    Level380
    5 years ago

    Not a new conecpt. You can do this for ages with a $10 ebay HDMI audio splitter that splits out the audio to a standard 3.5mm. Which is all these guys are doing!!

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Level380
    5 years ago

    This certainly looks a lot better.

    Level380
    Level380
    Reply to  Daniel Tyson
    5 years ago

    Well the concept device looks better for sure. But this is a kickstarter, so runs the risk of failure, never shipping. been burnt once before. I’ll wait to buy it ‘retail’ or buy the ugly one from ebay today and have it within a week doing exactly what these these guys are claiming they will do it. They are adding no value add to the chromecast stack. Just making a HW device to take the HDMI audio and spit it out to 3.5mm with a pretty marketing video. At the end of the day, 9 out of 10 times its… Read more »