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post #1 of 3 Old 02-06-2013, 10:10 AM - Thread Starter
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Would anyone be interested in helping to create an open source TV platform? Partnering with an Chinese OEM to create an open platform to create an android/linux powered TV that will democratize our living rooms. Features below:

We are democratizing everything in technology these days, why are we settling for closed source, proprietary, fragmented, poorly designed televisions? Let's work together to design and build a TV for everyone.

Open Source (Stock Android 4.1+, 5.0 Key Lime Pie?)
Open Source TV Firmware (Fully customizable an open API)
Inputs, Inputs Inputs! (USB 3.0, HDMI, Display Port, VGA, DVI, Ethernet)
Connectivity (Bluetooth, 2.4ghz controller, Wifi)
Beautiful Design (near bezel-less, brushed aluminum)
PIP/Split Screen Android and Cable side by side
Unlocked Boot-loaders (load and create custom ROMS)
Full XBMC Compatibility (Hope to work directly with the XBMC Team, W00t! libstagefright)
Intuitive remote control (keyboard/mouse combo)
Sharing and Streaming (UPNP/NFS/SMB/HTTP/FTP)
Access to entire Android App universe
Quad-Core RockChip 3188 Processor (2GB DDR3 Ram, Quad Core Mali GPU)
Storage - 8GB onboard ROM, USB 3.0 allows for external drives.
So that's the list of what we want in the final units, below is a list of what we are scrapping from existing designs.

NO MORE COAX! Who among us is still using the coax on the back of our TVs?

No speakers! Most of us don't use our TV's speakers to reduce cost and create a slim design this TV won't have speakers. Optical Audio out, Bluetooth, HDMI Audio Passthrough and a 3.5mm jack offers options to pass audio to your sound system, headphones or powered speakers.

Drastically reduce size of controller. When you get a chance look at your TV remote at home, how many of those buttons have you actually pressed? Redesign the remote control with simplicity in mind. (home, back, menu, up down left right, input and mute)

We're not proposing some crazy pie in the sky product here, this is a design that can be put together using off the shelf technologies that already exist. There are literally hundreds of LED TV manufacturers in China, with enough support we can partner with one of these fine companies on designing exactly what we want.

Almost LED panels are manufactured by the same 4 companies (Samsung, LG, AUO, Sharp and CMO) with the power of Kickstarter we can choose exactly what LED Panel goes into our set, we can recruit a great software developer and a open source minded electrical engineer to shepherd the design. We can finally have a TV that is designed by US for US.

Many stock android powered LED TV's already exist in China, do some research and you will find some pretty cool products. Our goal is to take what exists, refine, customize and streamline to create a product that is open. Inspiration comes from great projects like OUYA, MakrBot, PrintrBot, Raspberry PI, Arduino etc etc.

I'm thinking about putting together a kickstarter project to get this idea off the ground, anyone see value in a project like this?
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but if you want KISS
why not just a monitor to keep cost at a minimum
as I see a need for a good quality LOW LAG BIG MONITOR

and build a box with the 4 core processor and all the other FANCY/NOVEL tv internet ect stuff in it
with multi in and out puts built in the box
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Can't wait to have a TV that can get a virus. LOL......

J/K. There has been a strong desire for such things, but much of the problem is solveable along the lines of the monitor idea above by simply supplying a TV that can have a "raw" input (no processing of any kind----lower than "game" mode). This would allow for an external box to manage what you're talking about, plus have various 3rd party implementations for things that are normally "hard wired" to the display such as the interpolation algorithms, *PLUS* have the cpu upgradeable (it's an external box).

The response my query received was "it'll never happen". LOL. Odd. Basically what I want is a display that knows as little as possible about anything other than displaying, and it seems like such a foreign concept to many.

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