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Android based IR gizmo creates touch enabled TVs

Aug 14, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 534 views

Touchjet’s Android-based, quad-core “Touchjet Wave” media player attaches to the top of your TV and IR scans your gestures to approximate touch control.

Indiegogo has gone Indiegaga over the Touchjet Wave finger-tracking device, which has more than doubled its 100K goal to surpass $273,000 in funding, with 28 days remaining. Touchjet, which previously released the Android-based Touchjet Pond pico projector via Indiegogo, is still offering some $99 and $189 (two-pack) early bird packages for the Wave, with many more available at $119. Shipments are set for March 2016.

Touchjet Wave attached (left) and out of the box
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Like the BiggiFi touch technology, Touchjet Wave was funded by Indiegogo and runs Android. However, instead of letting you use your mobile device to touch control an unmodified Android app on a TV without mirroring latency, the Touchjet Wave instead lets you gesture on or in front of the TV screen itself.

The solution is designed as a cheaper alternative to buying a giant Android touchscreen, such as ViewSonic’s 70-inch, $7,300 CDE7060T signage computer. Cited applications include multiplayer games, business presentations, art projects, and group web exploration.

Touchjet Wave user interactions
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The Touchjet Wave device is an Android media player that connects (via an included cable) to the TV’s HDMI port and attaches to the top of the set. The device then uses “bleeding edge infrared technology” to peer down at your finger gestures to provide an approximation of touchscreen control. The Wave’s LPU (light processing unit) translates the IR input into Android gesture and tap signals. The device supports finger input, as well from an IR stylus, which can be used to draw or paint on the screen.

The Wave can mirror content from a phone or tablet via Miracast, for display on up to 80-inch screens. However, it’s primarily intended as a standalone device that lets you download apps from your Google Play account. An Android app lets you use your Android phone as a remote control when you’re tired of doing the Macarena with your TV, in which case it behaves like a standard Android media player.

Touchjet Wave detail views

Specifications listed for the Touchjet Wave include:
  • Processor — Quad-core, 2.0GHz Cortex-A9
  • Memory — 1GB DDR3 RAM; 8GB flash
  • Display:
    • HDMI port
    • Optical touch sensor with 4x touch points
    • Supports 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, 4K @ 24/25/30Hz
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB OTG port
    • Audio out
  • Other features:
    • IR stylus
    • Optional air mouse
    • Rail-lock connector for projector unit
    • Android media sharing and remote app
    • Miracast and DLNA support, including iPhone DLNA
  • Operating system — Android 4.4

Touchjet Wave in action

Further information

The Touchjet Wave is available on Indiegogo for another 28 days starting at $99 or $189 (two-pack) for early bird packages, or $119 regular price. Other volume discounts are also available. Shipments are set for March 2016, followed by a retail launch in April. More information may be found on the Touchjet Wave Indiegogo page and the Touchjet website.

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