There is another Kickstarter campaign on the block, this time TVPRO is looking to be the first set-top box of its kind, bringing a 1080p HD webcam and built-in speakers to the smart TV experience. Running full Android 4.2.2, TVPRO promises to bring all the functionality of your PC and mobile devices to the big screen.
The project actually started out as a solution to bring the Reshape Platform, a one-on-one Skype-style fitness training solution, to the living room. For the Reshape fitness project, current set-top boxes with attached webcams were just not good enough, so they set out to make something a little more capable, and TVPRO was born.
A lot has changed in the 18 months since co-founders Sam and Beau Haginas began work on the TVPRO. Unfortunately for them, they have launched their Kickstarter campaign at practically the same time as we learn that Google’s own Android TV could be launching in just under a month. Further competition in the ‘video conferencing on the TV’ market comes, again from the Google-powered department, with the ASUS Chromebox business conference setup announced earlier this year.
Don’t count out the TVPRO just yet. That built-in camera is a very handy feature, and the remaining specs reveal a bit of a powerhouse device, as far as set-top boxes go. Packing a quad-core processor, 1080p camera, built-in speakers and dual, noise cancelling, microphones is a good start. WiFi, an ethernet port, Bluetooth and IR make for solid connectivity options, and the included Air Mouse Remote features a full keyboard and Nintendo Wii point and click style navigation.
Check out the full spec sheet and feature list in the image below.
With only 27 days to go in the Reshape and TVPRO Kickstarter campaign, you will not be able to hold off to see first what Android TV hardware Google brings to Google I/O next month. So, if the idea of a powerful set-top box with a camera built-in strikes your fancy, you best just head over to Kickstarter now and pledge your hard earned moneys.
In light of the newer Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV, not to mention the older Ouya, Roku, Apple TV and other set-top options, including traditional HTPCs, do you think TVPRO will find the remaining $130,000 they need to reach their goal?