The Pocket TV by Infinitec is a new innovation that promises to convert an ordinary television into an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-running smart TV. From afar, this handy gadget appears like an ordinary USB thumb drive, but it proves that looks can be deceiving. It is, in fact, a dongle that can be connected into the HDMI port on televisions, which is its minimum requirement for it to work. With full access to the Google Play store, users can download apps that will allow them to play games, stream movies and television shows, check Facebook, read the news, or even perform work on a large screen. With a video camera attached, users can likewise enjoy video calling on Skype or Yahoo! Messenger.
All this is made possible by a Cortex A9 processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz working alongside 1 GB of RAM. Its Mali 400MP GPU allows for 1080p video playback like most HD televisions do. Storage capacity is only 4 GB, but users needing more can always pop in a microSD card for additional storage. As for connectivity, it supports both Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n as well as Bluetooth, provided the user supplies an external USB connector to make the latter work.
For such a small device, its interface has several options, including a USB 2.0 port that lets users connect peripherals like a mouse and a webcam. Likewise, it has a mini USB port. Finally, HDMI 1.3 which works for both video and audio, lets users plug in this dongle to the television.
Over at Kickstarter, the team behind the Pocket TV is soliciting for support from those interested in helping develop the project. For backers, Infinitec has two Early Bird specials priced at $99 and $119, respectively. There are furthermore other rewards offered to those who donate from $110 to $1250, such as free shipping, standard IR remote, and an Air Remote that sports a gyroscopic sensor.