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January 19, 2012

The Live Shell is an add-on device that allows existing video cameras to stream live to th...

The Live Shell is an add-on device that allows existing video cameras to stream live to the internet, without the need of a computer

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Japanese electronics manufacturer Cerevo might already be known to some readers for its Cerevo Camera Live. Released in May of 2010, the video camera is able to stream content live to Ustream, without the need of a linked computer. That's all very well and good, but what about all of us with other makes and models of video cameras who want to "go live"? Cerevo is now addressing them with its Live Shell module. The device hooks up to an existing camera, then sends its video and audio output directly to Ustream.

Live Shell can run for about three hours on three AA batteries, or it can go 24/7 using an AC adapter. It communicates with the camera via an HDMI cable, although older or simpler cameras can be accommodated too using the module's analogue A/V plugs. It is able to get online via a Wi-Fi adapter, or an Ethernet cable connection.

Video is streamed at 704 x 528 pixels, at a maximum rate of approximately 1.5 Mbps.

The Live Shell can accommodate older or simpler cameras, with its analogue A/V plugs

Although a computer isn't required for the module to access the internet, a PC, Mac or smartphone is necessary to control the broadcast, using Cerevo's Dashboard interface. Dashboard should come in particularly handy for more complex broadcasts, such as those where multiple audio sources need to be mixed, or titles need to be added.

Live Shell will be available for purchase as of February 1st at Cerevo's Amazon store and the Contour web store, for US$299.

Source: Dvice

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Thanks to SOPA this would be unnecessary.

19th January, 2012 @ 06:02 pm PST

This is cool,

I think I will buy one !!!

Richie Suraci
19th January, 2012 @ 06:41 pm PST

WOW!! All that I can say is what a game changer it is! Instantly become your very own TV station and broadcast live events to the web with no delay of having to return to base! Now all we need is a real world Max Headroom to pop in and out and we're set! Way cool.


Expanded Viewpoint
20th January, 2012 @ 10:48 am PST

This kind of device if common could support civil peace to some degree by making sure events get recorded. People usually stop doing bad things when they know a camera is rolling and can't get at the video because it has already been sent out to the server. Very cool. If you've got internet you've got evidence that the bad guy can't come and destroy.

Rustin Haase
20th January, 2012 @ 01:13 pm PST

Can this product broadcast directly to WI-FI Television set?

26th September, 2012 @ 06:54 am PDT
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