A few days ago, Archos unveiled the TV Connect, an Android Jelly Bean set-top box powered by TI OMAP4470 that can be placed on top of the TV, and controlled by a Bluetooth game controller/keyboard. Archos is now at CES 2013, and Brad Linder of Liliputing has had a closer look at the device.
In the first part of the video, they give an overview of the device and the controller, and have some problems with the Bluetooth connection probably because of the spectrum might be saturated at the conference. Brad mentions the controller may be a bit awkward to use, but the Archos guy explains you could also use your TV remote control since it is HDMI CEC compatible, or alternatively your Android smartphone/tablet connected with Bluetooth (or Wi-Fi).
At some point, they discuss about all the Chinese mini PCs that have similar functionalities, and the advantages Archos TV Connect has over those:
- The device can be placed on top of the TV and features a camera that can be used with
- Bluetooth (Although many mini PCs already have this feature)
- The TV Connect is the very first Android TV box that is certified by Google (CTS).
Finally, they launch Google maps and demo pinch and zoom, rotate and tilt with the Bluetooth controller, which is something I doubt you can do with most mini PCs, even if you use a Fly Mouse.