7 Of The Best Streaming Devices Every Household Needs

Can’t choose which streaming device to buy? Maybe this will help you decide.


Stream Smart Pro

First up is the Stream Smart Pro. The Stream Smart Pro is an Android-based streaming device. The stream pro has 4K HD video that supports the video, audio and photo formats of VC-1, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVX, RM, as well as MP3, WMA, AC3, DTS, AAC, FLAC and, finally, JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG picture formats. This multi-use interface allows many, if not all, of your devices to connect to the Smart Stream Pro and gives you universal access. This is on top of USB port, HDMI, and SD/MMC card reader connections.

It also allows access and use of YouTube, as well as other WiFi-based services. Furthermore, the remote for the Smart Stream Pro is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. What’s not to love?


Apple TV 4K

The Apple TV 4K has 4K HD definitions, clearly, as well as Dolby Atmos sound which is known for its high quality. The Apple TV 4K gives you access to Apple TV+ where you can watch cutting edge films and series that’s included for a one-year free subscription. The Apple TV 4K also comes with Apple Arcade where you can have access to unique games by Apple, as well as access to the Apple App Store. With the nature of Apple devices, you can connect any other IOS device to the Apple TV 4K with AirPlay and AirDrop. The TV also includes Siri, allowing voice command for the 4K TV, creating easy of use. Like all the other streaming devices you will also have access to Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and more. The TV also comes with the option of 34GB or 64GB of storage, depending on how much you think you’ll use.


Google Chromecast Ultra

The Google Chromecast Ultra also has 4K HD, as well as voice command via “OK Google” and Google operating systems, allowing for wireless interactive ease. The streaming device can interact with, and above, Android 4.2, mAC os x 10.9, iOS 9.1, and Windows 7 operating systems, allowing for almost any device to connect with the system, making it highly sought after. Because of this, it makes the Google Chromecast Ultra one of the best options when looking into streaming devices.


Roku Streaming Stick+

Having the Roku Streaming Stick+ is so simple. Plug the USB with the software on it into your TV and you’re ready to go! However, you will need an Amazon Alexa if you want to enable voice control (which you do, trust me).

The Roku Streaming Stick+ doesn’t just give you access to Roku content (which is more than enough, to begin with!), but with the device, you can also stream Disney+ and Apple TV. With the Roku Streaming Stick+ you can also stream from multiple devices connected to the same WiFi, so you’re not limited to one TV. There are so many pros to getting a Roku Streaming Stick+. The Roku device itself is $78.99, but with the Amazon Alexa to allow voice command control, it comes to $128.98. A bargain!


Roku Ultra (2019)

Another great buy available from the Roku company is the Roku Ultra. Like the Roku Stream Stick+, The Ultra can stream Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV, as well as having its own services available. However, where the two devices differ is the Roku Ultra has a processing system that makes it much faster and more speed capable than the Roku Streaming Stick+. While the Streaming Stick+ is great for ease and multi-people use, the Roku Ultra provides 4K HD definition.

The Roku Ultra also comes complete with JBL headphones and TV controllers, allowing you to get set up and using the Ultra straight away. The Ultra is $89.88 and with the Amazon Alexa is a little more pricey at $139.87. Something to think about!


Nvidia Shield TV Pro

Another Android streaming device is the Nvidia Shield TV Pro, and it’s right up there with the rest of them! Like most of the other streaming devices, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro has 4K HD definition. But on top of that, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro has 4K Chromecast as part of its software that can be used to stream your phone straight to the TV. The Nvidia Shield TV Pro is $198.90, which may seem more expensive than the others, but with this device, you get a whole TV included, not just attachable hardware.


Amazon Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube has Amazon’s Alexa inbuilt into the framework, allowing voice-command access to all of the entertainment controls, entirely by voice. This includes Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Prime, AppleTV, and any other entertainment software and hardware you’d want to connect to your TV. This also includes cable channels.

The Fire TV Cube can also access non-entertainment apps built into its design, and as such can also control any environmental technology you sync it with (for example, home lighting).

The Fire TV Cube has 4K ultra HD and, as of this time, comes with a free one-year subscription to the Food Network Kitchen. The price of the Amazon Fire TV Cube is $199.99.


Whether you choose the Stream Smart Pro, Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra (2019), Nvidia Shield TV Pro, or the Amazon Fire TV Cube, your choices are laid out before you.

Space Exploration: What would a Mars Colony Look Like?

It is well known that NASA is planning to land a robot on Mars in August later this year, with the goal of gathering data and looking for microbial life. In a sense, however, it’s the main target is to increase our preparedness for an eventual human martian colony, although it is unclear when we will be able to do this. This is because many things need to be addressed before any humans touch ground on the planet, such as food, water, transportation and housing/protection. We do have some idea of what a potential colony may look like, however, as NASA has given us small chunks of info over the years.

The Obstacles

There are many challenges that are currently preventing us from establishing a base on the Red Planet, and getting past them could prove extremely difficult or impossible. The main ones, but certainly not the only ones, are:

– the massive distance from Earth
– the inhospitable temperatures
– the dust storms
– the unbreathable atmosphere
– the increased exposure to radiation

Consequently, humans who make it will need extremely advanced technology in order to survive. For instance, habitats will need to be heavily sealed and pressurized, as well as being able to shield effectively against radiation. They will need to have heating and be heavily insulated, and self-sufficient in regards to water and power. They will also need to be well built using local resources as much as possible. This is known as ISRU, or In-Situ Resource Utilization. However, a lot of the furniture and equipment would also need to come from home, so I wouldn’t be too shocked if they use home-use items like theo-theo chairs.

The Habitat

NASA actually ran a public competition to find the best form of housing for a martian colony. It was called the MakerBot Mars Challenge, and entrants were given access to a 3D printer in Brooklyn for the purpose of the competition.

There were two winners. The first was the Mars Pyramid, which was based on the famous Pyramid of Giza, located in Egypt. The logic was that the Pyramid of Giza had lasted thousands of years, largely due to its shape that it allows it to withstand the harshest elements. For the Mars Pyramid, its sides would be made up of solar panels to collect energy with an additional generator inside for backup. Food would be grown at the top of the structure using a sustainable aquaponics system.

The other winner was the Mars Acropolis, a very futuristic design that utilizes stainless steel aluminum and carbon fiber to ensure the main structure is as stable as possible. Additionally, the outer protective wall would be comprised of Martian soil, concrete, and steel. The interior would be comprised of three levels, with a decompression chamber on the ground floor, living quarters on the second floor, and the nerve centre on the third, which would be used for water and observation.

It may be a while before we say anything comes to fruition, but it is very possible that one of these structures could be used on Mars!