03
Jan
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You're crazy for this one, ARCHOS! Today, the company most known for releasing the best cheap Android tablets before the Nexus 7 swooped in and drove a wedge between the concepts of "cheap" and "inexpensive" announced the TV Connect. This thing is designed to plug into your set and essentially turn it into a giant Android tablet. With a remote control. No, it's not Google TV. What.

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The TV Connect will come with a 1.5GHz "Multi Core" processor of indeterminate origin, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1. It also comes with a built-in HD camera for video chat purposes (think Logitech/Skype's living room solutions). Most curiously—or is it necessarily?—it includes a behemoth of a remote control that includes a full QWERTY keyboard, control sticks, d-pad, gamepad and trigger buttons, Android navigation buttons, buttons buttons, buttons. BUTTONS. Also, somehow it can be used as a pointer for "tapping and/or swiping motion." It's unclear if you would do this by waving the controller around Wiimote style, or if you could use more Kinect-ish gestures to move around the UI.

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The company also touts "full multi-touch gesture support" which is completely baffling. With only a single picture of this controller to go on, it's a little difficult to tell if there is a touch pad on the underside, or if it would use some other kind of gesture to mimic things like pinch-to-zoom. The device would have to find a way, though, since it's a Google-licensed product and will come with full access to the Play Store. It would be pretty difficult without it.

The TV Connect will go on sale in February of this year for $129, but like everything in the industry, it will be available for demo at CES next week. As a pseudo-giant Android tablet goes, we'll have to see this thing for ourselves before we pass judgment, but hey, if it makes it easier to access Play Store content on your TV for cheap, it's at least doing something right. It might even fare better than Google TV has. We'll see, though.

Source: ARCHOS

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/suhas.vemuri Suhas Vemuri

    I think I am going to buy this for my not so tech savvy parents.. Any better alternatives?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Idk about that. I guess we'll see more details soon, but depending on the content they want to get access to, something like a Roku may be better for the not-tech-savvy crowd. Even something like the Vizio Co-star or similar boxes may be a little better. I keep imagining that controller and the set-top dohickey looking pretty formidable to a lot of people.

  • GIBsonCubed

    Am I the only one that's having Atari Jaguar Flash backs when looking at that controller?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Nope. I'm with ya!

  • http://twitter.com/dvdmon Levi Wallach

    Kind of like this? http://shop.infinitec.com/

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      The controller/remote/gamepad/whatever on this seems to be a big differentiating feature, not to mention any special software it might have.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      There are a m illion devices like the one you pointed out. What makes this different is the cam + remote integration out of the box. No need to buy additional accessories.

  • Josh Flowers

    thank you, Archos, for not requiring a USB port on an LCD tv to work
    "An HDTV with standard HDMI in able to display or scale 1080p"

    my tv might be several years old, but the display is beautiful.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    Aww man, I wonder if I connect this to my Logitech Google TV = Win? I'll be the 1st to tell you.

  • canucknnv

    I like this alot, It looks like they might have gone a teence low on the processor and ram specs to keep this relevant before someone copies it and makes it better but overall the price point would reflect the specs and as long as there isn't too much lag I would drop the cash on it as an early adopter and not worry about it too much if it stunk, but I really do like this

  • GigiAUT

    Definitely want this now! But please don't tell me the gestures come from the keys like how Sony made the keys on their PS3 Chatpad touch sensitive. It's really not a good feel using buttons as a touchpad.

  • PINJ

    Looks.great

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    At the price, if this thing is fairly hackable and has a good video player, it stands a chance. Stick your favorite widgets on the screen and be able to play your own content (OTG cable support?), along with the tie-in to Google's media content, this could work. I'm not sure I can see it being great for games, but you never know.

  • primalxconvoy

    Whether this is successful or not, i think it shows that Android, if only as a brand, is the possible successor to Google tv and chrome os. Smart tvs will either come with this type of stuff and/or allow mirroring of phone handsets easily, while allowing controllers and peripherals to work with the tv unit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.tobeck Paul Tobeck

    Hell if it can play my Google Play movies without errors or crashing (AHEM, Google TV) then I'll buy it. Games like Dead Trigger and Shadowgun would just be a bonus!

  • Mike Reid

    Ask previous Archos customers what they think. They were abandoned and the HW wasn't particularly good.

  • deltatux

    Looking at previous Archos products, I place my bets saying that this device is likely powered by the TI OMAP 4460 chip running at 1.5 GHz...

  • khaled mourad

    is it wireless? putting all these keys, pad, etc in one remote control device makes it uncomfortable to hold and function?

  • khaled mourad

    is the camera wide angle and Mic sensitive? is the Camera Carl Zeiss?

  • http://twitter.com/videomap videomap

    This is an old news with a device in overpriced.

    For about two years, you can have a little android hdmi stick on your
    TV and you can control all multi-touch games and apps with DroidMote.

    You can install all and play with all.

    android hdmi stick dual core cost 35 $

    droidmote cost 1 $

    • jesse west

      Lol. OK see what u get for $35. I've been watching out for these kinds of devices and the USB idea is not working out from what I see. This looks more promising. USB sticks are cheap for a reason. They lag and burn up easy. Cheap is not always better.

  • tj

    Infinitec.com
    Pocket TV kickstarter project minus the HD camera

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    For those wondering how the remote works: it emulates single touch gestures by aiming + button (Wiimote style) and multi-touch via the 2 digital sticks (pinch-to-zoom style).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df48wo3YEkU

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