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What you need to know - Cideko Smart TV BoxBy Hanleigh Daniels 29 November 2012 | Categories: gizmos
The Smart TV box from Cideko is an Android-operated media player that allows users to transform a bland old TV into a modern Smart TV.
With the Cideko plug-and-play Smart TV Box, one can incorporate features such as web surfing, social networking and mobile games, straight onto any TV with an HDMI or RCA connection. Once plugged in, the Smart TV Box can be connected to your home network either via Ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi. Users that do not have an ADSL network, can connect to the web by using a compatible 3G USB modem.
The Smart TV box can then stream multimedia content via Wi-Fi from your notebook, smartphone or any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to display this content on your TV screen. This digital media player further has three USB ports plus an SD card reader, enabling users to connect their USB memory stick, portable hard-drive or SD card in order to view photos, play music or watch videos.
Cideko included a wireless keyboard that is used to navigate the device’s menu system and for inputting text. This keyboard is powered by two AA batteries, with its dongle taking up one of the three available ports of the Smart TV Box. It also doubles as a mouse since it features a gyroscope that allows users to move the wireless keyboard in order to move the cursor on the screen.
Apps and educational experience
Since the Smart TV Box runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), users are able to download applications and games from Android market places, including Angry Birds Space, Twitter, Mxit and Facebook for Android. The Smart TV Box also features the standard Android internet browser, allowing users to browse the web on their TV.
Furthermore, parents are able to provide their kids with an enhanced educational experience courtesy of the Smart TV Box’s access to the Wise Experience. This offers a variety of local content such as an Education Centre, which delivers supplementary digital school content for kids.
To the point
The Cideko Smart TV box turns your TV into the family entertainment hub, enabling users to stream movies or connect a portable HDD to watch their favourite series on the TV. Thanks to Android, you can also download a number of games and other useful apps. It is available from Pick ‘n Pay Hyper outlets for a RRP of R1 500 (incl. VAT).
For more information on where to buy call Nology on 0861 NOLOGY (665649) or visit them on www.nology.co.za.
Article first appeared in TechSmart 111 (December 2012).
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