Android is everywhere these days, in phones, tablets, TV sets and now in Hansun’s Android Bar – a Microsoft’s Kinect-style device that sits on top of or underneath your TV set.
The Hansun Android Bar runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, features 16GB of Flash memory and is powered by a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor.
It’s got a built-in 2-megapixel camera that lets you make video calls through the Skype for Android, MSN and other video calling services like Gtalk. Wiring in to your TV via HDMI, the Android Bar seems perfect for indulging in Back to the Future Part II videocall fantasies. As well as this, it’s ideal for running video on-demand apps like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
There is also a motion-sensing remote control accessory but sadly we weren’t able to get a demo of this at Hansun’s stand at the TV Connect event in London. We were however able to control a pointer on the screen with a Logitech mouse that was connected via Bluetooth.
In a pinch, you’ll be able to use the Hansun Android Bar as a viable as a working device; you’ll be able to check emails on your TV (it’s got a built-in Wi-Fi radio) connect wireless keyboards and mice as well as make use of the USB ports round on the back.
Hansun told us that the Android Bar itself wouldn’t be directly available in the UK, but that it was working with Cello Electronics on an IPTV set.
This will integrate much of the Android Bar’s functionality into the set – chiefly the camera – for video calling and many of the other specs.
More information on the Hansun-Cello Electronics TV set as and when we hear it but for now, here’s some hands-on pics of the Hansun Android Bar.