A company called Touchjet is now selling a rather interesting product that it claims can turn a big-screen television into an Android-based touchscreen device. The Touchjet Wave is available to pre-order now from Best Buy for $299.99.
The product clips onto the top of the television, and works on most big-screen TVs up to 65 inches in size with resolutions up to 4K. It basically puts an image of an Android device on top of the TV, which can be interacted with by touching the screen, via its optical touch sensor. It can also be controlled by using a remote smartphone app if you don’t want to get your screen dirty with fingerprints.
The company is pitching this device as a way for businesses to have a large touchscreen interactive device for much less than the solutions that are currently available, such as Microsoft’s Surface Hub. However, it is also marketing the Touchjet Wave as a consumer product for turning the family room TV into a big Android tablet.
That’s the cool news. The not-so-cool news is that the hardware inside the Touchjet Wave is not exactly high-end. The device only supports four touch points, and it has just 2GB of RAM and only 16GB of on-board storage, and there doesn’t appear to be any way to expand that storage. Finally, the device’s UI is based on the very old Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Touchjet Wave is supposed to start shipping from Best Buy starting sometime next week.