[Video] Chromecast Gameboy emulator hack runs ROMs in the cloud

chromecast2Google may have launched its Chromecast dongle to significant fanfare last week, but that hasn’t stopped the hacking community from having a bit of fun of its own.

It started earlier this week when one hacker managed to get root access and run a shell on the device, but it’s continued further with another adventurous developer getting a Gameboy emulator running on the dongle, controlled by a PC keyboard remotely. According to the developer, he was surprised at how well it performed, despite the fact that the emulator was being controlled via Wi-Fi from another computer with delay thought to be less than half-a-second.

The emulator runs inside the Chromecast’s browser, which runs Javascript and HTML5 well, according to the developer. The actual ROM is being hosted, like everything with the Chromecast, in the cloud. It’s an interesting proof-of-concept for what’s essentially a stripped-down mini PC.

Google’s Chromecast runs Marvell’s 88DE3005-A1 SoC CPU and despite little information on the web about the chip, it’s thought to be a single-core unit. Throw in 512MB of LPDDR3 RAM and 2GB of flash plus what is believed to be a custom Chrome OS and that’s the computing side of Chromecast. It also includes an Azurewave AW-NH387 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip to provide cloud access through your local Wi-Fi network.

Google originally sold Chromecast with a three-month Netflix account however, demand was so great that the deal ended in 24 hours. The Chromecast is available for $35 but only in the US.

Check out the Chromecast Gameboy emulation at the jump.

Source: liliputing.com

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