Everybody’s talking about smart stuff these days. Smart phones, smart cars and smart alecs…and now there’s the ultimate, the smart TV. What is it? Nothing more than a television which includes a computer of some sort of course. The computer must also connect to the Internet and be able to do important tasks like play games and display program listings. Exotic. In the past you needed to buy a dedicated TV set with it all built in or invest in an expensive add on box to deliver this kind of functionality, but now, thanks to the low cost Android operating system, prices have plummeted.
This Android TV and Wireless Keyboard Kit is a good example of the type of product arriving on the shelves. It features a 2nd generation dual core Android computer with an HDMI out socket which plugs straight into the back of the television via a standard HMDI cable. Power it up, select the right channel on your TV and you’ll be up and running in a minute or two. The wireless Bluetooth keyboard won’t offer the same kind of easy data entry of a PC keyboard, but it will certainly get you around the screen and into the apps you need.
The small Android computer dongle incorporates Bluetooth, 8GB of internal storage memory, WiFi and a microSD slot for up to 32GB of extra storage. It also runs the latest Android 4.1.1 system and has full support for the Google Play app market, so you can download all the games and apps you want to enjoy. Best of all, the whole package comes in at a very competitively priced $83.99 with free shipping. Nice.