Android gaming consoles are certainly not a new concept, though most that come to market never really seem to stick around for too long. Sure, we’ve seen the Ouya and the M.O.J.O. make a dent in the micro-console world, but could there be a another major offering that truly brings something new to the table? Enter ZRRO: the Android console that’s controlled by a special hover/touch-based controller.
ZRRO just recently surpassed its $200,000 goal on Kickstarter, and will hopefully make its way to backers sometime within the next few months. So what exactly is it? ZRRO is made up of three main parts – the ZRRO Pad, the ZRRO Box and your TV. The ZRRO Pad is by far the most interesting part of this project. It’s a controller that uses hover and touch technology to mirror your finger movements on the television. The ZRRO team says that the hovering feature enables you to target your finger to the right place without making you take your eyes off the TV. You can still touch to make selections, and pinch, swipe and drag motions are also supported. The idea is to offer up compatibility with most Android games on the Play Store, not just the ones that were specifically developed to be used with a normal controller.
Next up is the ZRRO Box, which is the console portion of the package. It supports up to 4K resolution and offers up a sleek tron-like design. It’s powered by a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and also has a microSD card slot. It can also connect to any TV with an HDMI port. It’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, so you’ll be able to access the Google Play Store to download games right to the console.
The ZRRO might not be for everyone, but it does offer up a new concept on the controller front. With that said, Android smartphones and tablets can already use touch controls, so this might be a hard sell for most people. But if it does sound like an interesting idea to you, the Kickstarter campaign still has 4 days left. You can score yourself a ZRRO Pad and Box for $149, or pay $50 extra for a second controller. If you’d like to learn more, head to the source link below.