The Pocket TV is a thumb-size micro-computer that connects to the HDMI port of any TV and converts it into an Android Smart TV Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 9, 2012.
About this project
If you landed here after our Kickstarter campaign closed and wasn't able to get your Pocket TV but still want to support our project you still can! We've opened a pre-order site where you can support us and receive the same benefits of our Kickstarter backers. Just go to shop.infinitec.com to pre-order your Pocket TV. In the future we'll also be adding more accessories and other goodies for your Pocket TV. Check it out and tell your friends about it!
You can watch our hands-on demo video and get a better feel of the power of the Pocket TV and what the Air Remote can do.
We're also working on upgrading the design of the Pocket TV. Check out the new look:
If you want to hear more, check out this podcast where Mind of the Geek interviewed Infinitec founder Ahmad Zahran.
ZDNet "It’s becoming difficult to spot the potential gems in the crowd-sourcing crowd. Geeks should check out the Pocket TV, which puts an Android computer on a USB stick designed for use with HD TVs."
PC Magazine "A thumb-sized dongle that plugs directly into HDMI ports on existing TVs, bringing the power of Android to living rooms everywhere."
Android Community "This little device packs a punch.", "The Air Remote option makes this truly versatile."
Mind of the Geek "We can only say two more words about the Pocket TV: MIND. BLOWN."
Hot Hardware "A big selling point of the device is that it’s portable, so you can slap it into any TV, anywhere--on vacation, in the boardroom, at your parents’ house, etc.--and you have your computer up there on the screen."
Techchee "It’ll be very useful for showing off some Android apps or Android games on big TV screens to your friends or anyone that you encounter in your daily run."
Convert your TV into a Smart TV
The Pocket TV is a small pocket-sized dongle that connects to the HDMI port of any regular TV (even your 5-year-old TV) and converts it into a Smart TV. It's basically a fully functioning micro-computer the size of your thumb which runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) much like today's latest smartphones. The processing power in the Pocket TV will allow you to display Android on your TV turning it into a mega-sized tablet (just imagine a 50 inch iPad). You can download apps from the Google Play Store to stream videos, play games, connect with your friends on Facebook, catch up on news, do some work or simply surf the web. You can even attach a video camera to do Skype video-calls… Yes, all that on your TV!
Why do we call it a Pocket TV?
The device is so small that it fits in your pocket and you can conveniently take it anywhere you go. That’s important because you can carry your Pocket TV with you anywhere, even when you travel abroad. And when you get to your destination, hotel room or office you can easily plug it into any monitor or TV and you will get access to all your information, games, TV streaming channels, work documents and your entire digital life. You’ll have all the benefits that you get from carrying your smartphone but with the ability to display it on a much bigger screen. Imagine walking into a meeting and doing a presentation without a laptop. All you need to do is plug the Pocket TV into the projector and your presentation can be played from the cloud (like a Dropbox account) or locally from the SD Card.
What can it be used for?
Streaming video: Imagine being able to watch YouTube on your TV rather than on a small computer screen. Or even your other video subscriptions such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Video Services. You can now do that right on your home theater system instead of your tablet or phone. Oh and it’s all displayed in HD with up to 1080p resolution.
Listen to music: The Pocket TV even acts as a streaming device for music so you can play all of the content that’s on your computer or home network drive (NAS). That means you access not only your downloaded music but also your movies, TV shows and even your holiday pictures right on your home entertainment system.
Gaming: Why wait for Angry Birds to come to Xbox360 or PS3 when you can play it on your Pocket TV? Or how about racing and strategy games? Wouldn’t they look better on your TV than on your phone?
Social Media: For all you social media addicts who can’t go 15 minutes without checking your Facebook and Twitter feeds we wouldn’t deprive you of that. Trust us, we’re just as hooked as you are!
News: Get CNN and BBC on demand. The story you want, when you want it, right on your big screen TV. For those who are less addicted to news you can access all your feeds with Google Currents, Pulse, Flipboard and similar apps.
Work: Edit documents, read PDFs, review PowerPoint, send and receive emails and even do video conferences.
Google Maps: Tired of squinting at your screen trying to find road directions? Yes we know you won’t be able to take your TV with you on the road, but the satellite imaging is insane on a 50-inch plasma!
Web Browsing: And of course you can to that too. Use Dolphin browser, Opera, or even Chrome and sync it with your laptop's browser.
Thousands more apps: The Google Play store is full of apps for all types of users and most of them work on the Pocket TV. Dropbox, Evernote, IMDB, ESPN… The list is endless. Go exploring and let us know what you like. If there’s a specific function you would like us to develop to better use a popular app let us know and we can work on it.
A Standard IR Remote is shipped with every Pocket TV. This remote uses infrared signals just like your TV and gives you the ability to control the Pocket TV using up/down/side arrows and several buttons. You can also program your universal remote to control the Pocket TV if you don’t want to have yet another remote lying around the house.
An Air Remote is also available for backers who prefer this option. The Air Remote has a gyroscopic sensor that allows you to control your Pocket TV just by moving it around (like a Wii controler). Move your hand up, down or sideways and the cursor on your screen will follow you. This makes your TV experience a lot more interactive and a whole lot more fun!
Control it from your smartphone. If you want you can also use your iPhone or Android smartphone to control the Pocket TV. Just download the Google Remote TV app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and your phone will become your remote. We’re also working on our own app for your phone with some very cool features.
How does it work?
The Pocket TV has a Cortex A9 processor packing 1GHz of power and run Android 4.0 (which works similarly to Apple's iOS for you Apple fans!). It uses the HDMI port for display and can be controlled with either a standard IR remote or the more interactive Air Remote. You can connect it to any standard TV set as long as it has a HDMI port and it will display up to 1080p resolution. It also has a USB port so you can attach an external hard drive, a wireless keyboard and mouse or a video camera for video calls. Oh and did we mention it also has a Micro SD card slot so you can add extra storage?
Open Source Software
The Pocket TV runs Google's Android which is open source project and we want to build on that with your support. If you're a developer and want to develop Apps, MODs or even ROMs for the Pocket TV, we want to work with you. Drop us a message and we can work together on your idea or project. Who knows, maybe we can even bundle your app into the device for when we start shipping in November.
We’ve tried to think of everything to make your Pocket TV experience as intuitive and fun as possible so we’ve packed as much technology into this tiny device as humanly possible by combining the best hardware and software together. Below are the technical specs.
What have we done so far?
What you see in the video are actual working units. We've developed several prototypes that we're using for testing and to develop the software on. Our Hardware design is complete and our software is in Beta at the moment but it's very stable so we're very close to finalizing it.
Why do we need your help?
We need your support at Kickstarter to help us to fund our first production and manufacturing run. That means making thousands of these devices to ship around the world. We also need your help to spread the word about the Pocket TV. You'll be amongst the first to have one so you can tell your friends and the whole world too.
We’re now getting ready to start production of the Pocket TV but we need your help to accomplish that. With the support from Kickstarter we'll be able to start our first manufacturing run and we hope to start shipping them to you by September or October 2012.
Here is our plan for the next few months:
June: Finalize the software development
July-August: 1st production run
September: assembly, testing and packaging (possibly start shipping)
October: Start shipping
Since we're not in the US like most Kickstarter projects we'll ship all the rewards using FedEx Priority Shipping so that you can get your Pocket TV delivered to your doorstep faster (within 2 business days) and without moving from the comfort of your home. Please bare with us and don't forget to add the FedEx shipping cost to your total pledge. Sorry about that but we’re just trying to speed up delivery to you.
Here's a list of our Rewards:
We have two Early Bird specials for the first 200 backers who support us:
$99 - Early Bird Special #1: One Pocket TV with standard IR Remotes (Please add $10 FedEx shipping for US & Canada and $15 for FedEx international)
$119 - Early Bird Special #2: One Pocket TV + One Air Remote (Please add $10 FedEx shipping for US & Canada and $15 for FedEx international)
We also have a variety of rewards with different remote control options:
$110 - One Pocket TV with standard IR Remote (Please add $10 FedEx shipping for US & Canada and $15 for FedEx international)
$135 - One Pocket TV + One Air Remote (Please add $10 FedEx shipping for US & Canada and $15 for FedEx international)
$280 - Two Pocket TV + Two Air Remotes (Shipping costs included)
$650 - Five Pocket TV + Five Air Remotes (Shipping costs included)
$1,250 - Ten Pocket TV + Ten Air Remotes (Shipping costs included)
More About Us
Infinitec is a young 3-year-old startup. We're a small team of friends with a mad set of skills ranging from engineering and programming to design and innovation. We started working together some years ago on several new concepts with the aim of creating innovative solutions that would make life easier for everyone who used them. We believe in innovation and breakthrough, and that every problem must have a solution.
We will also be updating our website soon with the new product info.
First you need to download the app that displays your TV channels (Google TV, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, your local TV channel app, etc). Then run the app and use the controls to change channels. Enjoy!
For users who have used Apple products (iPhone, iPad) the user experience is very similar to that. Google also has its own app store like Apple's called the Google Play Store and in it you can find most of the apps on the Apple App Store or very similar ones. So you can download all your favorite apps and use them in a similar way. Think of the Pocket TV as a mega-sized iPad.
The Pocket TV uses wifi to connect to the internet much like a laptop, an iPad or a smart phone. For those more tech-savvy it uses an 802.11 b/g/n connection.
Adding shipping is very important since it will considerably speed up the delivery time of your Pocket TV. But don't worry, if you forgot to add shipping the first time around you can go back and do this at any time. Simply go to "manage my pledge" and change the total value of your pledge by manually adding $10 if you're in the USA or Canada or $15 if you're anywhere else. Press continue and follow the instructions. Easy.
There are many apps on the Play Store that allow you to open Microsoft documents. Just download any of those apps and open your PowerPoint presentation. The projector acts as the screen and your remote will control the Pocket TV.
Yes. The Pocket TV has a mini USB port for power. You can power it up by using a USB cable and connect it to the USB port of your TV or by using any standard mini USB charger.
Yes. Both a USB cable and a charger are included.
A USB cable, a charger, an IR remote and an extender cable for the IR receiver.
If you connect the Air remote, a mouse or a trackpad to the Pocket TV then you won’t need direct line of site between the controller and the Pocket TV. However, with IR you need a direct line of site to the remote. So when the Pocket TV is behind your screen, the extender cable will come in handy.
You can connect a mouse, a keyboard, a trackpad, a webcam, an external hard disk and most USB peripherals that you can connect to a regular computer.
Yes. Just use a USB hub and you can connect multiple accessories.
You can choose between 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
You can use the microSD card to add up to 32 GB extra of space.
The Pocket TV supports the following video format: MPEG-1, MPEG-2,MPEG-4 ASP, DivX3, DivX4, DivX5, Xvid, H.264, H.263, VC-1, RV30/40, WMV. It also supports the following audio formats: PCM, LPCM, MP3, AAC, MPEG Audio, WM, WMA, WAV, OGG, M4A. And it even supports the following subtitle formats: SRT, SSA, ASS, SUB.
Will the Pocket TV be upgraded to future versions of Android when they come out (Android Jelly Bean, Lime Key Pie, etc)?
We will continue to update the Pocket TV for the foreseeable future. That means we'll keep on working on improving the features as well as the versions of Android. So when new versions of Android come out we'll make sure we're on top of it.
Pledge $5 or more
Show your support and stay updated: By pledging $5 dollars we will add your name along with that of all other backers to our website as those who helped us kickstart the Pocket TV. We'll also keep you updated with our latest news.Estimated delivery:
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Help us get started with this early bird special #1: One Pocket TV with Standard IR Remote. This package will retail for over $160. (Please add $10 shipping for US & Canada and $15 for international shipping).Estimated delivery:
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One Pocket TV with standard IR Remote. Choice of Black, White or Red colors. This package will retail for over $160. (Please add $10 shipping for US & Canada and $15 for international shipping).Estimated delivery:
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Help us get started with this early bird special #2: One Pocket TV + one Air Remote. This package will retail for over $190. (Please add $10 shipping for US & Canada and $15 for international shipping).Estimated delivery:
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One Pocket TV + one Air Remote. Choice of Black, White or Red colors. This package will retail for over $190. (Please add $10 shipping for US & Canada and $15 for international shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $280 or more
Two Pocket TV + two Air Remotes. Choice of Black, White or Red colors. (Shipping costs included).Estimated delivery:
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Mega Pack: Five Pocket TV + five Air Remotes. Choice of Black, White or Red colors. (Shipping costs included).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,250 or more
Distributor Pack: Ten Pocket TV + ten Air Remotes. Choice of Black, White or Red colors. (Shipping costs included).Estimated delivery:
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