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July 06, 2012

Pocket TV Allows Regular Televisions to Become Smart TVs

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

With the tablet seemingly taking a death grip on the home computer market, the next great battlefield in technology appears to be our televisions. The newest and best thing is always just around the corner for any sector of the business tech world. 3DTV used to be the thing that everyone had to have but costs have kept that lid on that particular technology. Now it appears that the Smart TV will be the next big innovation and not surprisingly, Google (News - Alert) and Applewill be the driving forces behind it.

Company after companyhave recently announced that they will be releasing Google TV set top boxes or televisions that actually have the Google TV functionality built in. Of course, there still is the little problem of affordability, as most of these televisions will be of the high-end variety. That means that in order to even get the lower quality Smart TV you are looking at dropping somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. At least you used to have to prepare for that. A new device that was recently announced reportedlyboasts the ability to convert any television into a Google OS Smart TV.

The Pocket TV is a device that plugs into your television’s HDMI port and turns your television into a giant Android (News - Alert) computer. While this technically means that not every television can be converted, there are very few TVs that have sold in the last five years that don’t have an HDMI port, even if they are not HDTVs per say. 

Once the Pocket TV is plugged into your regular television, it will operate just like an Android tablet or smartphone might, allowing you to surf the web, play various games and of course continue to watch television. This is now a knock off of Android either, this device actually runs on Android 4.0, conceivably meaning any apps you download to your current Ice Cream Sandwich phones or tablets would be playable on this device. 

The Pocket TV was posted on Kickstarter by Infinitec and the company met its funding goals three times over. The company says they expect to start producing the device this month and shipping should begin before Halloween.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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