I mentioned the Vulkano Flow place shifting device back in January when the device was first introduced. The device has now landed for consumers to purchase and it is the first placeshifting device that sells for under $100. The purpose of the device is to stream content from your home to other devices wherever you are.
The price of the Flow is right under $100 at $99. The Flow box plugs in between your TV and your set-top box be it a satellite receiver or a cable receiver. It can shoot the programming that flows through it over a wireless network in your home to a Mac computer or a PC. You can also shoot that content over to an iPhone and Android device as well.
ZatzNotFunny reports that the streaming capability of the Flow over WiFi is very good. The only clear downside to the box to me is that it handles only up to 720 x 480 resolutions. Any HD content shot through the Flow box is downgraded to SD automatically before streaming. When you consider that most mobile devices like smartphones can’t handle HD resolutions that lack of HD streaming might not be such a big deal to you. The device lacks a lot of support for Mac users right now apparently. The company also charges $12.99 for the mobile clients for smartphones.