Throwing down extra ducats for that Smart TV feature is probably the biggest mistake you can make when investing in a big screen set. Generally speaking, they’re last minute add ons that don’t offer the speed or simplicity as found on the PS3 or Xbox 360. One option is to invest in a brand new set that runs Google TV, but that’s hardly a justification for a new TV, especially if you’re TV looks great and runs fine.
Enter the Pocket TV. That’s right, this TV fits in your pocket. Okay, it’s not an actual TV, but in fact a dongle based device that brings Google TV to any set that sports an HDMI port. That means just by plugging the Pocket TV into your television you can surf the web, stream Netflix movies, access Facebook, stream Pandora, play games, and access a whole host of apps since Google TV is effectively an Android OS. In case you’re wondering, full HD playback is capable thanks to the Cortex A9 processor packing 1GHz of power and there is even a USB port for adding on a hard drive, webcam or anything that is USB based. There is also a microSD card slot for some would be built-in storage. They haven’t said that the Pocket TV includes built-in WiFi, but it’s a safe assumption that it does. However, we do know that there are two remotes to choose from: a regular IR remote or an Air Remote, which includes a gyroscopic sensor that makes for a Wii like experience, or you can simply opt to use your smartphone.
So far Pocket TV has built a few working prototypes (as seen in the above video) and they say their software is very stable. That said, they need the Kickstarter community’s help to fund the first production run, so if you’re willing and able you can throw down $99 and you’ll get one of your own.