The leading TV industries brings up new elements to the conventional products and trust me, there’s a lot of money in creating TV-sized touchscreens. Like Microsoft, it launched the Surface Hub, a digital whiteboard for conference rooms. Apple launched full-size iPad/Apple TV with touch-enabled remote. But there’s a saying “great minds think differently” likewise Touchjet, the company behind Pond Pico Projector, has a different vision.
Rather buying a touchscreen TV which will work normally as a standard TV, Touchjet is aiming to transform your TV into a huge android 4.4 Kitkat powered touchscreen, the same technology have been used in your TV remote.
An infrared sensor is installed in a camera that rests on top of the TV and clogs into the back of your screen via an HDMI cable. It track your finger movements by using infrared light, and the data is then paraphrased by a processor and changes into touch gestures, so that Android can process. Once serialized, the sensor mutates your TV into a digital mount.
Names as Wave, Touchjet is forecasting to bring this device into the market by March 2016 after holding a 60-day crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. Touchjet aims is to stretch up to $100,000, it needs to polish and improve Wave’s design, skillset and features.
The ‘Touch’ Era
In this techno-driven world, Apple TVs and Chromecasts are plenteous, what can touch capability possibly add that makes it a viable option over the competition? Thomas, a genial leader who worked in companies like Leapfrog and LiveScribe before joining hands with Touchjet eight months ago, answered for the question by sharing a small anecdote about her kids. “This is the experience of the future. It’s all interactive, and kids understand touch,” she said. “I have two kids myself and everything is under their fingertips today, so why not offer them a larger experience?”
She also mentioned some of the games that her kids used to play, such as 2048, Angry Birds and Candy Crush including the apps like The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss and Netflix. She says there’s a lot more power over the interactive content for children and parents to share in a communal.
The system is assembled with Android instead of a proprietary operating system; it works perfectly with all the 1.3 million apps on the Google Play Store. There is a little restriction on the content you choose as well as the fortune of pre-packaged features that you’re already familiar with. Wave can be used outside the residential premises too.
Sharing, Streaming and Collaborating
Mostly, all the businesses are well-equipped with Flat screens and TV’s in conference room, but they can utilize this new device Wave as a presentation device for highlighting numbers/zooming in on a particular area of a slide. To be able to send images to the big screen, they need an app that can provide the transferring of files from a phone to Wave.
The app’s purpose is duple. Firstly, it’s intended to be a collaborative tool, a way to exhibit family photos at home or presentation slides at the office without lettting go control of your phone. Secondly, if you want to control over the Wave from your phone, you don’t have to touch always, you can just smudge your TV screen.
It maybe little difficult and scary to touch an expensive TV, other people might be reluctant to touch; that is why Touchjet has made an app to the overall experience. Touchjet is bunching up every model with a no-touch stylus that lets you to “write” without coming in physical contact with the screen.
Touchjet vision always aims at giving the users the best and versatile products and thus he is refining and enhancing the existing device Wave to a more advanced level; that includes adding up a microphone for voice recognition and in-built camera for Skype calls. These features are in the process but the initial version of Wave is going to launch by March 2016.
The future or a passing whim?
The question arises at this moment is how many people are interested in this technology, though the purposes are infinite that might pull people to buy this technology. Other than that the features like pointing on to the projector for showing a specific area is been there for years, to survive in this competitive market, it needs a lot of polishing and development over its design and features.
But for the start, the technology is appealing and leading edge, the voice recognition and in-built camera might bring a wide market for the TV peripheral.
The Wave’s IndieGoGo campaign has started from August 11 and would go on till September 12, 2015 and the first batch of sensors can be bought for $119, the devices will be shipped in March 2016.