HDMI Dongle is an Open Source, USB-sized set-top box from Always Innovating, a technology outfit based in San Francisco, CA USA. A TV on a stick, it is designed to turn any TV with USB and HDMI ports into a connected TV running Android 4. Like the Cotton Candy, it has an HDMI and a USB port. The magic comes via the HDMI port, while the USB port is to power the device from the TV it is attached to.
The hardware specs of the device are: Texas Instruments Cortex-A9 OMAP 4 processor (1.0 GHz to 1.8 GHz), 1 GB RAM, a microSD slot, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. It comes with a simple remote control that has voice control and Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities. On the software side, it “can run Android Ice Scream Sandwich and is technically compatible with Google TV.”
This is what the device looks like.
And this is the remote control.
The operation, as shown in this video, is very simple: Plug the HDMI end of the device into the equivalent port on the TV, and do the same with the USB connection.
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You can carry it any where you go, and run Android without the need of a tablet device. Very cool! When released, which should be Summer of this year, it is expected to be in the $49 to $99 price range. The only problem with this device, is that Always Innovating is not selling directly to consumers, just licensing it to manufacturers. More information is available here.
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