I just stumbled across this delightful little box of tricks and although it isn’t quite in keeping I thought I’d share it anyway. Android set top boxes (or media players if you prefer) are nothing new, but I’ve never seen one quite so small and pleasing on the eye. I wanted one as soon as I saw the photograph, and the price has all but cemented it.
The innards might be fairly familiar – it’s an AllWinner A10 which is a Cortex A8 @ ~1.2Ghz built on a 55nm process, a Mali400 GPU @ ~300Mhz and 512MB of RAM. Connections include 1080p HDMI to your TV, mini USB, OTG USB and a Micro SD slot. Also inside is a Wireless 802.11 b/g chip.
The idea I suppose is to grab a HDMI cable and convert your idiot TV into a smart TV with the aid of a wireless mouse and keyboard. And for $74 shipped it’s a good price too. Not as good as the Raspberry Pi perhaps, but probably more powerful and of course it’s running Android instead of Debian – which you could argue is better suited to the lounge TV.
It’s available at AliExpress, for those interested.