So you have a cool TV at home, but with all the new fangled features that smart TVs these days are offering you might be tempted to fork out more money for a new smart TV, leaving your regular TV by the wayside.
However if you don’t have the money for a brand new smart TV but you’d like the functionality for a fraction of the price, then this Kickstarter project dubbed “Pocket TV” might be worth taking a look at!
Pocket PC at its core is a small PC system that is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device gets connected to a TV’s HDMI port and provides then everything that Android 4.0 offers.
The system comes with two different remotes, a standard sized IR Remote that ships with regular packages, and an AIR remote that features a keyboard and contains a gyroscopic sensor.
Besides that, it will also be possible to control the PC with smartphones. The developers plan to release apps for Android and iOS to allow that.The device can be connected to any TV as long as it has a HDMI port, and supports display resolutions of up to 1080p.
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You basically can do anything that you can do with an Android phone running Android 4.0. This includes streaming video, listening to music, playing games, reading news on the big screen, interacting on social media sites, standard web browsing and search, or using the device for work related tasks
Here is the promo video:
You do need a wireless Internet router in range to make use of the majority of features, like downloading new apps from the Google Play store, or many of the devices streaming features.
- CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9
- GPU: Mali-400MP
- Operating Syste: Android 4.0
- RAM: 512 MB
- Internal: 4 GB
- Card Slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: Not sure yet
- USB: USB 2.0
- Power: Mini USB port
- Output Video: HDMI 1.3
The USB port is pretty cool as you can use it to connect external devices, a hard drive or wireless keyboard for instance to the Pocket TV.
Would you buy such a device for your living room, or do you prefer a different solution? Lets discuss this in the comments.