Hitachi goes Wooo with WiFi streaming HD Camcorder
Hitachi have been showing off a prototype of a new, and gloriously named Hitachi Wooo camcorder at this year’s CEATEC Japan 2008 exhibition. The new Wooo is an HD camcorder with built-in WiFi that can stream live HD pictures to your TV over your WiFi connection.
The Wooo also supports the increasingly-popular DLNA, which is used to transmit pre-recorded video to your DLNA-equipped TV (the Wooo incorporates a DLNA server), and also to browse the contents of the Wooo’s videos through the TV via the TV’s standard remote.
The Wooo supports H.264 for its HD pictures, and incorporates an IPTV server to stream live HD video over to your TV in real time.
The new Wooo won’t be cheap. Not only do you have to buy the camcorder itself, but you’ll also need a TV capable of supporting DLNA, IPTV and WiFi (although you can buy STBs and other boxes of tricks that’ll support the last two).
However, it shouldn’t be long before this technology finds its way into most HDTVs, and so WiFi camcorders should start to become more and more popular.
Effectively, this turns the Wooo into a sort of reverse SlingBox, which currently streams “live” TV programmes from your TV to any client device with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world.
With the Wooo you’ll be able to stream genuinely live video that you shoot in real time not just to your TV, but to any TV (or screen, for that matter) that has an Internet connection, again, anywhere in the world.
An intriguing development indeed.
It’ll be interesting to see the applications that emerge for this new way of recording and broadcasting video.
Security is an obvious application, as it turns your camcorder into an instant CCTV camera.
You can also picture people streaming events such as conferences live over the Internet.
All this won’t take place for a while, but a new era in amateur video broadcasting looks like it’s about to dawn.