Turn Your TV Into An Android Smart TV

Android has taken the world by storm and is now found in places where one won’t even expect it. The Pocket TV, a Kickstarter project, turns any TV into a Smart TV.

What Is It?
Just like the popular Cotton Candy by FXI Technologies, the Pocket TV is a thumb-sized dongle that can be connected to any TV with an HDMI port converts it into a Smart TV.

You can control the device with standard IR remote control which is supplied with the device. This remote uses infrared signals just like your TV and gives you the ability to control the Pocket TV using up/down/side arrows and several buttons. You can also program your universal remote to control the Pocket TV if you don’t want to have yet another remote lying around the house.

Pocket TV

In addition to that, if you want to use your Smart TV to chat, write emails, browse the web then there is an Air Remote which is available for the ‘backers’ of the project. This remote has a gyroscopic sensor that allows you to control your Pocket TV just by moving it around (like a Wii controller). Move your hand up, down or sideways and the cursor on your screen will follow you.

The easiest way to control the device is via your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. You can get the Pocket TV app from the Google Play Store or AppStore.

An Android Device
It’s actually a mico-computer running the latest version of Android. The device has enough processing power to play games like Angry Birds, watch movies or do video chat. This tiny device will redefine the TV experience.

You can download any apps from Google Play Store, you can stream Netflix movies, Google Movies and other content which is available via different services on Android platform.

This is an exciting project which holds great potential. If you are interested in the project and want to use it, head over to the Kickstarter page and join as a backer.

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About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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