Archos Rolls Out TV Connect, Smartens your TV with Gesture-Recognition

Got your shiny HDTV a wee bit before they became "smart," and want to do something about it on the cheap? Consider Archos' latest creation, the TV Connect. This Android-based set-top box is armed with gesture-recognition, and can let you use your TV as you would a tablet. It doesn't end at that, the device includes a large contraption with a full-QWERTY keypad and a gamepad, complete with two analog sticks.

The 1080p-capable set-top box lends your TV nearly every feature you'd need to build a web-experience around. It's driven by Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," supports full-screen web-browsing, and legible fonts to go with that. Under the hood is a 1.50 GHz "multi-core" (we're betting on dual-core) processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of flash storage that's expandable to 32 GB with micro-SDHC, and connectivity that includes 802.11 b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI (output), and an HD camera. All this, for $129.99.

ARCHOS, a pioneer in multimedia portable devices, is pleased to announce the ARCHOS TV connect, the only multi-touch "Android on TV experience" for your apps and games. The ARCHOS TV connect turns any HDTV into an Android powered smart TV providing the full Android ecosystem with a specially designed TV Touch remote.

The TV connect allows you to control your TV just like a tablet - tap, swipe, zoom in, zoom out, select or type. With the TV connect users will be able to play games, stream videos, video chat in HD, email friends or surf the web all from their big-screen TV. The ARCHOS TV connect runs Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' and will be available starting in February, 2013 for $129.99.

"As a pioneer in multimedia Android devices, we wanted to create a bigger, better way to enjoy Android," says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. "The ARCHOS TV connect provides users with a multi-touch, multi-media Smart TV experience powered by Android."

Revolutionary TV Touch remote - A smartly designed remote for every task

  • Pointer - Allows you to control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion
  • Full multi-touch gesture support - Control your apps easily with zoom In, zoom out and rotate with ARCHOS developed unique gesture controls
  • Full keyboard with Android shortcuts - The TV touch remote includes a full keyboard and Android shortcut keys including a key for voice controls and voice typing

Play Games on your TV - Critically acclaimed games at your fingertips

  • Thousands of games available on your TV - Choose from over 700,000 apps and games on Google Play
  • Dual thumb sticks and buttons - Play all your favorite games with full gaming controls and dual analog thumbsticks
  • ARCHOS Gaming Mapping Tool - Map the controls of games to the buttons and controllers of the remote for playing virtually any game on your TV - as recently introduced on the GamePad

Turn your TV into a Smart TV - Get a full web experience on your current HDTV

  • Internet - Surf on the net from a big screen
  • Online video streaming - Stream videos directly on your TV through YouTube, Daily motion and other video applications
  • Emails - Send and receive emails or share photos from your Facebook page with friends

HD video calls - Connect with a group of friends or family members on a big screen

  • HD webcam - ARCHOS TV connect is equipped with an HD webcam for High quality video calling
  • LED notification - LED lights notify you when you have an incoming calls while watching TV
  • Compatibility with all popular video calling apps - Video chatting with Skype or Google Talk as a family from your sofa has never been easier

Multimedia Player - The ARCHOS TV connect includes the critically acclaimed ARCHOS Media Center applications so you can finally get control of your home media content, including:

  • Best video codecs and format support - Read all your favorite video files with format and codec support including H.264 decoding in full 1080p HD
  • Media Center Library - Tailor-made UI with automatic jacket, synopsis and subtitle download as well as library organization even for files stored elsewhere on your home network
  • Easy home streaming - Stream your media content over your home network either through WiFi or Ethernet
  • The right connections - Features HDMI (cable included), full USB host and micro SD slot
  • Google Certified with Full Access to shop on Google Play - With over 700,000 applications, get all your favorite Android content on your TV including books, music, magazines and movies