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Wireless media streaming speaker has Android touchscreen

Jun 19, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 948 views

Zettaly’s portable, $200 “Avy” wireless speaker runs Android 4.4 and features a 7-inch touchscreen, 10W speakers, a web cam, and up to 40GB of storage.

Zettaly, which makes PowerX battery packs, went to Kickstarter in January to launch its Avy multimedia system, then pulled the plug on the crowdfunding campaign once it had received over $30,000 of its $50,000 in pledges. On the Kickstarter comments page, the company said it had canceled the project due to a realization it couldn’t fulfill $50K worth of orders on time.

The Kickstarter backers were given a refund and a chance to receive the finished product in May at the same $99 to $169 early bird prices. Judging from the comments page, most of the backers seem happy with their purchases.

Avy, front and back
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Now the Avy is publicly available for $200, just in time for summer boombox buyers. Amazon is discounting it to $170 through June 21, and there’s free shipping in the U.S, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Like other WiFi-enabled speakers, the Avy lets you stream Internet radio from channels like Spotify and Pandora. Yet it also offers the equivalent of a quad-core, 7-inch tablet or media player featuring Android 4.4 with Google Play. You can download music and store it on 8GB of onboard of internal flash, as well as an up to a 32GB microSD card. You can also pair it with phones or other music sources via Bluetooth.

Avy music interface
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The Avy’s modest set of dual 5-Watt speakers are not going to drive a big party, like the 150W, $475 AxiomAir we looked at earlier this week. However, with its 7-hour battery, the 2.2-pound Avy would seem to be fine for carrying around the house, or to the deck, backyard, or beach.

Avy exploded view
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The device is touted for its proprietary sound chamber and waveguide design, as well as fine-tuned amplifiers. Some commenters noted the sound was better than they expected.

There’s a front-facing camera and microphone for video conferencing over WiFi using the pre-loaded Skype app, as well an HDMI port that lets you mirror 1080p content to a TV. The Avy also offers Chromecast support.

Avy mirroring content via HDMI
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The Avy runs on an unnamed, quad-core, Cortex-A7 SoC clocked to 1.3GHz, which one commenter suggested might be a Rockchip RK3128. You also get 1GB of RAM, a micro-USB port, an IR remote, and the aforementioned 7-inch, 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen.

Specifications listed for the Avy include:

  • Processor — quad-core, Cortex-A7 @ 1.3GHz with 3D acceleration and 1080p encode and decode
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB of DDR RAM
    • 8GB flash
    • MicroSD slot for up to 32GB
  • Speakers — 2x 5W speakers
  • Display — HDMI port with mirroring support; Chromecast support
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Other I/O — Micro-USB port with cable; audio line-out; IR interface
  • Other features — Front-facing VGA camera; mic; power and volume buttons; remote control
  • Power — DC 12V 1.5A input with adapter; 7-hour, 2000mAh battery (14.8Wh, 7.4V)
  • Weight — 1 k (2.2 lbs.)
  • Dimensions — 35 x 11.7 x 12cm
  • Operating system — Android 4.4 with Google Play

Further information

Zettaly’s Avy is available for $200 at multiple locations, and is on sale through June 21 at Amazon for $170. More information may be found at the Zettaly website and the original Avy Kickstarter page.

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