Always Innovating wants to make your dumb TV smart with a USB dongle

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Always Innovating wants to make your dumb TV smart with a USB dongle.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/03/xVZilS.jpg[/newsimage]Would you pay a small fee to turn your average HDTV into a smart TV? Always Innovating hopes so. The San Francisco company showed off its HDMI Dongle, which adds Android 4.0 support to non-connected televisions, at this week's Mobile Web Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/always-innovating-wants-to-make-your-dumb-tv-smart-with-a-usb-dongle-59719/](http://www.myce.com/news/always-innovating-wants-to-make-your-dumb-tv-smart-with-a-usb-dongle-59719/)


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Watched the video and was actually a little amazed. I have the LG smart bluray player and the WIFI dongle costed almost 100. The interface is crap, no remote for the games, and by the time the weather program loaded I could have turned on my computer.

This dongle is going to cost between 50-99 dollars, and in comparison, comes with wifi, bluetooth and rf capabilities. Comes with an RF remote controller for navigation of apps and also as a game controller. I also liked the interface.


#3

That’s awsome!
I love the tiny remote.

I was considering building an AMD E350 based HTPC +BDRW for close to $500, but it looks like I can get two of these, rather than the old-hat software based solution, and have enough change left over for a pair of bluray players.


#4

That’s a clever idea.

I can see a lot of people wanting something like that. :iagree:

[B]Wombler[/B]


#5

I wonder what this thing actually uses the USB port for (power maybe?). As far as I know, the only thing that can be done with my TV’s USB port is upgrading the firmware with a thumb drive. I don’t think it has any other uses, so I wonder if this would work on my TV. Any suggestions/advice from all you CE gurus?


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http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/products/hdmidongle.htm The USB can actually be used for lots of things. They only license the little box, but I believe Vizio will be one of the first to rebrand and release one. Should give the Raspberry Pi a run for its money…


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[QUOTE=BradWright;2625167]I wonder what this thing actually uses the USB port for (power maybe?). As far as I know, the only thing that can be done with my TV’s USB port is upgrading the firmware with a thumb drive. I don’t think it has any other uses, so I wonder if this would work on my TV. Any suggestions/advice from all you CE gurus?[/QUOTE]

According to the girl in the video it’s for power.

The guy in the videos on the page olyteddy linked to confirms it’s for power only.

You should watch those videos as well as I think this gadget looks impressive.

[B]Wombler[/B]


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[QUOTE=Wombler;2625178]According to the girl in the video it’s for power.

The guy in the videos on the page olyteddy linked to confirms it’s for power only.

You should watch those videos as well as I think this gadget looks impressive.

[B]Wombler[/B][/QUOTE]Thanks. I didn’t even notice the link for a video. Now that I’ve seen the video, this looks pretty good.


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[QUOTE=Wombler;2625178]According to the girl in the video it’s for power.

The guy in the videos on the page olyteddy linked to confirms it’s for power only.

[B]Wombler[/B][/QUOTE]
The unit is anticipated to have a micro sd slot, and should be accessible via the usb.