Well this is kind of interesting. Earlier today, we spotted a new accessory in the works from Microsoft Mobile in the FCC’s product database. Looking at the sketch from the documents (seen above), we couldn’t figure out what this new device, the Microsoft HD-10, was at first.
We initially suspected it was another Qi wireless charger since it’s about the time of year that we see new iterations of that product line. But it didn’t have any charging capacity in it from what we could tell, and for some reason it also had Wi-Fi, a USB connection, and a HDMI connection. But Nokiapoweruser was able to put it all together before us after spying the Wi-Fi Alliance product database, where the HD-10 made its way through this week labeled as a ‘Miracast Dongle’ and featuring Wi-Fi b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct support.
For those who may not know, Windows Phone 8.1 has a feature called Project My Screen which lets you mirror whatever is on your phone display to a monitor, television, or projector through a wired or wireless connection. To project your screen wirelessly, Windows Phone uses Miracast technology which comes with some projectors and a handful of TV sets, but is still not quite popular in the mainstream. Therefore it makes sense that Microsoft expand its phenomenal Lumia accessories lineup with its own Apple TV competitor. Hopefully it will be a lot more affordable than the former since we don’t expect this to be a streaming media box, but maybe Microsoft will surprise us.
We expect to hear more about this device at Microsoft’s Lumia event on September 4th.
Tags: Accessory, Microsoft, Miracast, Nokia, Project My Screen, WP8.1