Not all of the innovative new devices at CES come from huge tech companies. Skreens has shown off its recent self-titled gadget that allows you to connect up to four HDMI devices - such as a console, Blu-ray, PC, Roku, GoPro, etc. - and output them all simultaneously onto one television display.
One of the most exciting aspects of Skreens is the ability it gives users to control the layout of each feed that appears on a TV - all in real-time and without stuttering. You get to decide which feeds go on your display, where they’re positioned and what size they are, all using the Skreens app for iOS/Android or a PC/Mac. You can also pick and choose which audio channel to use, rather than having several playing at once.
With Skreens, you could play a PS4/Xbox One game on your home television with Twitter and Facebook both open at the side of the screen, or watch a sporting event with a betting/fantasy football league website open alongside it. And Skreens is the only way you'll be able to play Halo 5 in split-screen.
There are two Skreen models - a two-port and four-port version – and both can be daisy-chained to create more feeds on the display. Founder and CEO of Skreens, Marc Todd, said there may not be a limit to how many devices can be connected using this method. “If there is, we haven’t found it yet. If the feeds are Web-based, there may be some slowing due to the Wi-Fi connection, but otherwise, we haven’t maxed it out yet.”
Each Skreens box comes with a built-in Chromium browser, WiFi, and ethernet port, so you don’t have to plug in any internet-enabled devices to view web content. They even feature VR headset compatibility. Todd says all these outputs will be in full 1080p, able to reach 60 fps, and be totally lag-free. He adds that the device will be particularly useful for streamers.
Skreens completed a successful Kickstarter late last year, raising over $470,000 in funding. Final pricing has yet to be confirmed, but on the kickstarter the two-port version was around $200 and the four-port edition was between $399 - $499, depending on what options you picked. Todd says the units will ship in March.