Always Innovating, a company which "leverages the latest developments in open source technologies worldwide to create innovative products that solve real problems for consumers," will be debuting a new device at CES this year – the HDMI Dongle. The Dongle looks to replace the set-top box for those who aren't interested in buying a hefty (or more expensive) GoogleTV device.

AI's HDMI Dongle is essentially a complete system on a chip, and has some incredible specs for such a tiny device. Supposedly starting at just $79, the device comes with a Cortex-A9 processor (capable of 1GHz to 1.8GHz speeds, depending on configuration), between 256MB and 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC Connectivity, an accelerometer, and a bundled remote.


Users need only to plug the Dongle into an HDTV to experience Android on their formerly unconnected TV. The Dongle is capable of streaming video at 1080p and utilizing Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon's video store. The video below shows the Dongle in action, running Gingerbread, though the device will apparently launch with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Always Innovating indicates that they will not produce the HDMI Dongle, but that it will be available on a licensing basis, and that the device is also capable of handling GoogleTV.

No exact release date is yet available, but Always Innovating predicts a Summer 2012 debut.

Source: Always Innovating via Engadget

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  • Spydie

    You plug the HDMI plug into the TV but what do you plug the USB into? This review made no sense.

    • commentguy2010

      i bet its for power

      • Droidguy

        The usb is used for power, it's explained in the second video posted on Engadget: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyPOffGVOY8 (0:25).

      • Robert Cano

        this guy is more than likely right. also it needs to have a way to plug into your pc to update/install programs onto it

    • http://facebook.com/mattabyte Mattabyte

      It's most likely for devices that have full-sized USB ports (such as Acer tablets). This also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so I'm assuming that's how you would connect to the device if no full-sized USB port is present.

  • Langes01x

    WTF is the point of having an accelerometer in something that is going to be stationary? Earthquake detection? Notification that someone is attempting to fiddle with or steal your television?

    That's the most useless feature you could have on a device like this...

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      I'm pretty sure the accelerometer is in the remote control. @1:35 in the video he is playing a racing game using it.

  • micl9

    So its this what Roku is using? They also just announced an HDMI Roku dongle. But it will pull power from the HDMI IIRC. I think it is based on a new HDMI standard.

    • https://steamcommunity.cim/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      It will pull power from the HDMI port only if the port is MHL compliant.

      The compact little package offers a built-in processor and memory, software and wi-fi capabilities – but what it doesn’t offer is compatibility with the current standard HDMI port.

      So the Roku will not work on most current TV, which isn't that convenient. They could fix that problem by adding a separate power adapter in case the TV is unable to provide MHL capability.

  • bstag

    Always innovating products always flop or never come to the market. As for ones that do the customer service sucks beyond all belief and they never end up standing behind their products. If you want a alpha product that goes nowhere invest if not stay way far away from gregiore load of drivel. Next year he will be showing some new flash wiz bang that never makes it to market or doesn't work as advertised. See the web site for the last 2 flops and the forum of pissed of people that just gave up trying to get help or learn when the product they want will even ship.

    • PezLee

      Even if his device does not make it to market, it shows proof of concept on a device much smaller and less power hungry than current systems (i.e. Roku set top boxes) and potentially has a huge after market development potential.

      Even if it does not make it past an initial release, or get custom development, I can see how this would be great for people who travel alot, who need to hijack equipment for presentations, etc.

  • stevek

    how and where can you buy one?