Lukilink transforms your smart device into an external recorder, monitor, wireless video link and streaming box. Converting the camera signal, it’s a small box that connects a camera with HDMI output to a smartphone or tablet over USB.
More details will be released about Lukilink once its Kickstarter campaign is launched. What we know so far is that Lukilink is compatible with Android devices only, though there are plans to make it available for iOS devices later this year.
If Lukilink can deliver where it really counts, with reliable software and no delay in its display, then we are sure the product will be a hit.
Let’s take a quick look at each of the key features:
Why fork out for an external monitor when a smart device with high-resolution screen can in theory do the job? Provided the screen display of a smart device is large enough to be useful as a viewing tool – thinking a tablet in particular – then we see Lukilink monitoring as a brilliant feature.
What is more, there are more on-the-go charging solutions for smart devices than external monitors, so there may be less concern about losing power.
Of course smartphones and tablets feature internal storage, so it makes total sense to use them for recording.
Lukilink can accept full HD 1080p videos up to 60p. However, as an external recorder it’s limited to full 1080p HD videos at up to 30p, in MP4 (h.264) format and a maximum bitrate of 18Mbps.
Obviously these recording resolutions and bitrates do not fully satisfy the demands of pros – Lukilink won’t be a primary recorder. However, it does make for an easy way to quickly upload videos and share them on social media, or for showing clients there and then what has been recorded.
Lukilink Live Streaming & Wireless
Once connected to a camera, the smartphone/ tablet can then use one of its apps or social media platforms for live streaming – ideal for events and vlogging.
We haven’t used the product yet so it’s impossible to know what sort of delay there is for live streaming. Its effectiveness in this area will be a key factor in the product’s success or failure.
Additionally, Lukilink is supposedly able to send the pictures from the connected camera to a monitor or TV via Miracast, FireTV or Chromecast.
Pricing and Availability
Lukilink is not available just yet and there is very little information about it. We understand a Kickstarter campaign will be launched imminently, at which point we’ll have more details.
We expect the pre-order price to be in the region of 100 Euros and the Android version should be available in October.