With the newly announced TV connect from Archos, you can turn your existing HDTV into a smart TV. The TV connect runs Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”), and has access to all the apps in the Google Play store. When you turn your TV into a smart TV with the TV connect, you’ll be able to surf, send/receive emails, and stream online video. After you map the buttons on the included TV controller, you’ll be able to play any of the thousands of Android games available. The controller also serves as a multi-touch controller for your TV, allowing you to control your TV with touches, taps, and swipes – just as you would control an Android tablet. Using Android apps, you can make and receive HD video calls (using the built-in camera and microphone) or access books, music, magazines and movies. You can even stream your own media content over your home network either through WiFi or Ethernet.
The TV connect has a 1.5 GHz Smart Multi Core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, which can be expanded via the microSD slot. It’s compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, or higher and with Windows Media Player 11. It will be available staring in February 2013 for $129.99.