Editor’s note: There has been a correction that Airtame has raised $1.4 million, not $1.2M as previously stated
Lord knows we all hate the tangled mess of cables running all over our desks. Getting rid of your HDMI cable by turning it wireless is a good start, which is why Copenhagen-based AIRTAME has managed to raise a massive $1.3 million on IndieGoGo, exceeding their goal by 800% and setting a crowdfunding record for Denmark. Add to that a “best startup” award at CES and a Red Dot award and it seems like AIRTAME is taking off.
Now the company has grabbed a new influx of cash after picking up $1.4 million in venture-investment from Denmark’s SEED Capital.
“In short, the investment will be used for finalizing the product and getting it to market,” says AIRTAME CEO and co-founder, Jonas Gyalokay. “All the basic functionalities are in place and we are now working on stability, so we are ready for launch in q2. Getting SEED Capital and Tommy Andersen on board means that we can intensify the process of getting the product ready and on the market, in the best possible way. It is an important step towards realising our dream of becoming the new standard within wireless HDMI,”
According to the company, 21,000 units have already been pre-ordered by customers from 90 countries. AIRTAME have now started shipment of the first beta units and the commercial launch will take place in the second quarter of 2015.
We’ve gotten our hands on one of their beta devices, and have to say it’s damn handy to get your screen extended from your phone, tablet, or computer over to wherever you can find an HDMI slot – I want a few for our sales guys to keep in their bags for when they’re running all over town. Despite that, this isn’t a total replacement for a trusty HDMI. There is a noticeable lag, making it a bummer for gaming, but for office related presentations or general work it’s all manageable.