About this project
[Tango was among the 30 finalists chosen to present a Live Product Demo at the TechCrunch Battlefield Disrupt 2014 at New York which was held recently.]
Thank you Tango Backers ! The Funding is over
Visit www.tangopc.com/shop for pre-order placement.
You must create an account before placing order. (shop->My Account) The site has a problem currently for accepting pre-orders. We are in the process of fixing it.
One Tango™ can replace at once all of these:
- Multiple desktops at home and offices
- Xbox 360, PS3 and other consoles
- HTPCs and the like
- Apple TVs, Roku’s, Google TVs and the like.
Now Carry ONE PC in your shirt pocket Everywhere for Everything.
- Save Money on Hardware because you do not need to upgrade and manage multiple hardware
Save Money on Software because you do not need duplicate licenses for OS, applications and PC Games on multiple machines.
Check out the BGR/YAHOO HANDS-ON Review:
Checkout the Live Demo Below:
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Special for KickStarter Backers:
Our Current Stage:
Your story may be same as mine:
I have a personal desktop at home and a desktop at the office. Moreover, I have a gaming console wired to my TV for watching movies and playing video games.
Now that’s a lot of hardware clutter. It’s a pain in the butt to sync data and upgrade the software in all these devices. Life sucks when you need an application or a file that’s in "another computer".
I don’t know about you, but when my friends and I want to watch a movie or a TV show on big screen, I find the gaming console browser to be excruciatingly slow, which kills all the fun.
I have spent lots of money on additional software licenses and duplicating games on my game console, which I already have installed in one PC.
So we invented Tango:
Now, thanks to Tango, which I keep in my pocket all the time, I have replaced all the desktops, gaming consoles and IPTV boxes with $89 docking stations. I carry with me all my applications and all my games in one single device, and no longer need additional licenses for software and games. I can carry Tango in my pocket and connect it to a dock when at work or another dock when watching content or playing games on my TV. Tango keeps me Hands-free and Hassle-free.
Tango can save you money on Hardware by replacing PCs with in-expensive docking stations.
Tango can save you money on Software because now you do not need additional licenses for your applications and games.
Press Coverage Links:
Guidance on Pledge Amount Selection:
Below are the various pledge amounts for the Early bird offer, for various Tango System Configuration. Every Tango System already includes one docking station. However, additional docking stations can be availed per the table below.
Note:No matter what upgrade you selected, the Free system that you get once we hit the milestone of 100k units will always be that of the base configuration.
Shipping to US and Canada is FREE.
International Shipping:Add international shipping ($29) for every Tango System which includes a PC and a Docking Station. For every Additional PAIR (2 pcs) of docking stations, you will need additional $29 for international shipping. Following example may help.
Additional docking Station(s) International Shipping
1 Nos $29
2 Nos $29
3 Nos $58
and so on....
Accessories with Tango:
Following accessories will be supplied with Tango.
1. Display Port to HDMI adapter cable
2. WiFi USB dongle (internal) and BT USB Dongle (or a combo dongle if we can find it).
3. PC carrying case with belt clip.
Why We need funding:
We have raised $330k so far from another crowd sourcing campaign which ended a couple of months ago. The delivery of Tango Systems for the contributors is scheduled to be in August.
The earlier crowd sourcing campaign was to help us create the tooling and place Minimum Order required to produce the first lot through a world top 10 ODM.
The current round of kick-starter funding has two goals:
1. We have interest from some of the large retailers of the world. We need to have certain minimum inventory to support their initial orders and meet their weekly order forecasts.
2. Product improvements: Create slimmer and lighter docking stations suitable for on-the-go usage which can help some users get rid of laptops completely. We will deliver such docking stations to the Tango Backers. Additionally, We need to incorporate the new generation faster CPU+Graphics so that we can keep ups with the current performance benchmarks.
This is a relaunch of previous KS campaign with lowered goal ($250k to $100k now). In line with the lower goal, we have dropped the idea of supporting enterprise marketing budget in this campaign which was there previously.
How could we compress a bulky PC to a cellphone size ?
We moved the bulky connectors, the bulky fan and the bulky heat sink into the docking port.
Then we took the motherboard, miniaturized it, and packed it in this small PC. We ensured Tango to be user-upgradable. Open two screws, and plug in the 8 gig RAM and up to 1 terabyte SSD – the standard off-the-shelf components. It’s that simple.
The holy grail of miniaturization:
A device of this size can typically take 3 watts. Tango takes 30 watts.
For the first time, we move 10 times more heat from Tango to the docking station. That’s how Tango can be so small and weigh only 200 grams.
Our Patent Pending Technology:
Below is the partial conceptual diagram that explains part of our patent pending technology.
Why We can execute:
We have worked for over 2 years to make this technology work.
We do not foresee scalability issues because we have worked actively to ensure that it is solved first hand before we even had a working prototype. We have a relationship with the world’s top 10 ODM to deliver a reliable product with manufacturing volumes that can scale. The electronics for Tango is built by them. The mechanical components manufacturing and assembly will be done reputed manufacturers in Asia.
Production time line:
Tango PC actual performance with Call of Duty 4 (R)
Frame per second are shown on the top left.Remove the mouse cursor off the video frame to view it.
Resolution 800x600 (same as XBOX360(r)). It can also play at 1080p though at a lower FPS. Adjust Youtube video player setting.
Tango PC actual performance with Battlefield 4
Frame per second are shown on the top left. Remove the mouse cursor off the video frame to view it.
Resolution HD. Adjust youtube video player setting.
Tango PC actual Demo with AutoDesk Fusion360
Resolution Full HD. Adjust youtube video player setting.
Tango PC Actual Demo with Windows Media Player
Resolution Full HD. Adjust youtube video player setting. This is the same as main video, however, is actually played on Tango PC, captured and uploaded.
Risks and challenges
We are a small team working tirelessly to bring the Tiny Tango to the world.
We already have built samples of Tango Systems. We have extensively tested the functionality. The systems work as far as the PC hardware and software functionality is concerned. Our ODM is working on the additional issues of FCC, UL, CE etc. compliance as well as mechanical improvements.
We are also in the process of enhancing the system as mentioned in our story section.
Most of the Tango subsystems are custom designed. We need to implement quality and process policies in place.
We have the commitment from one of the worlds Top 10 ODM manufacturers to bring Tango into the world. The Electronics for the Tango Samples that we have are built by them.
Our current campaign (which is relaunched on KS with a Lower goal), is to support us for building minimum inventory to support the retailers. This will help us bring the product get to the retail outlets. Due to the lower goal this time around, it may not support us to the enterprise sales and marketing budget (and hence we many not accomplish it) as mentioned in the previous campaign.
As in any crowd funding campaign, there are risks associated with product development. These include delivery schedule, Technical compliance, funding, and product performance among others.
However, we think we have taken care of a lot of risks by already having working samples that are being used in our office as the main PCs!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The short answer is NO. Here’s why.
These small and “powerful” computers launched recently are based on ARM processor. They are (or promised to be) powerful compared to previous ARM based devices. They can run 1080p games on full screen but those games are specially designed for ARM processors. OUYA for example, is a better Raspberry Pi and thrived on promised open source gaming community.
Tango is neither a Pi nor OUYA or for that matter any PC that you may have seen before. It does not depend on creating a new development community for its success. Tango instead revitalizes an existing Plain old PC platform which you can take home and run the existing world with it in a refreshingly new way, with the same kind of specs you are used to while purchasing a PC. You can run Windows, Linux and Chromium and many more flavors of Linux on it.
Tango does not just run “1080p games” It runs gaming titles which originally ran on XBOX360 or PS3 for example. These games need a power many times more over the Pi’s and OUYA.
The closest one could think of in terms of specs would be Intel NUC boxes which are small but not pocketable.
Tango does not have a single device driver to run this "new type of PC". Off course there are chipset related device drivers which are all standard. The Win 7, Ubuntu and Chromium ran out of the box! these OS were able to install the correct device drivers to make everything work!.
We see no reason why Windows 8.1 won't work (refer to device driver question), just that we have not tested it, so cannot comment it. [Note: unlike Linux and Chromium, we certify the Tango to work on Windows 7. The Windows 8.1 certification will take a while as it costs money]
RAM : SODIMM (Laptop RAM) DDR3-1600L. Max 8GB single module.
SSD: mSATA SATA III up to a terabyte is available currently (though expensive).
The RJ45 is 10/100.
The wifi is nano usb module fitted internally inside docking station. currently slated to be N300. If you are inclined to open the docking station, you can replace it to a new one. This may void the warranty though. Alternate way is to have an additional dongle and use one of the available USB ports on the side of the docking station.
CPU+GPU is soldered on motherboard. You can upgrade the Tango PC though in future, which will allow you to use your old docking port, RAM and SSD, [And Windows if you purchased one] and thus protecting your investment.
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