If you have always wanted to turn your ‘dumb’ TV into a giant touchscreen display then the Touchjet Wave is something you will want to check out. The gadget, which promises to turn any TV into, essentially, an Android tablet, is looking to raise $100,000 on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and is planning to start shipping units out by March next year to the earliest backers.
In a nutshell, it is a tiny Android device that clips to the top of your TV and uses infra-red to detect finger movements and thereby enable touchscreen functionality. And because it uses infra-red, no user data is captured, which could make it more appealing to anyone concerned about the privacy of their data.
For the unit to work, you will need an HDMI input and a display of minimum 50cm (20-inches) capable of 720p/1080p at 50/60Hz, or a 4K resolution at 24, 25 or 30Hz. The Touchjet Wave itself contains a 2.0GHz quad-core ARM 9 Cortext A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage and multi-touch support for up to four points simultaneously. One infra-red stylus is included, and an ‘Air-mouse’ can be purchased for an additional cost.
For anyone worried about getting grubby fingerprints all over their television, you do not actually need to make contact with the screen to register your button ‘presses’, you just need to be near the screen. The unit when ready for sale is likely to cost around US$120.