Tech Tuesday – Could a Dubai Company spell the end for SMART TV manufacturers?
This week I have done a bit of digging and found a brilliant new product that is coming out, a SMART TV Dongle from Dubai
SMART TVs or CONNECTED TVs are the new hot property these days. Tech Giants have been pushing this new connected life we lead for a few years now, adding apps to their new TVs and making us feel like we need them. Updating your FaceBook status, checking your Twitter feed, watching a new movie directly from your tv and even checking the weather all without leaving your sofa. But this type of interaction comes at a premium. SMART TVs are expensive, and to some the upgrade albeit enticing may not be worth it’s weight. That is where a company from Dubai comes in.
Infinitec are set to release the worlds smallest computer that will turn any HDTV no matter how old into a SMART TV. The ‘Pocket TV’ named so because it will fit into your pocket (I know, right?) is the size of a USB wireless dongle and houses a fully functioning ANDROID 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. Simply plug it into a free HDMI socket on the back of your TV and in seconds you can be enjoying all the functions ANDROID users have been playing with for years including, internet, netflix, you tube, bbc iplayer email, facebook, and many many more. As it is an ANDROID device, you are not held back by the apps that a manufacturer provides, you can download any APP from the Google Play Store.
The makers have also offered up a fully interactive remote that has gyroscopic capabilities and a full QWERTY keyboard, but the Pocket TV will work with any Universal remote, like a Logitech Harmony One for instance. Not only that, but ANDROID phone and tablet users can even use there mobile devices to control the dongle.
The other benefit is the portability of the device. Imagine goig on a trip and turning your TV in your Hotel room into a fully functioning Android device and accessing your dropbox… Very cool indeed!
Pocket TV is still in the fund-raising stage on Kickstarter, but they have well exceeded their initial $100,000 they needed to raise. I hope this gets a worldwide release as I really think it is a device and idea that has legs…
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
Are you interested in this product? Fancy having a SMART TV? Comment below…