HP Vayu – Potentially Revolutionary Cheap Internet on TV device!

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Aakash is history – There is another device in the making that may prove to be more revolutionary than Ultra Cheap Aakash. According to ToI story researchers at HP have created a mass internet access device that enables people access internet content on even the most basic TV sets and manage all screen operations using basic TV remotes.

It is definitely not a new idea – Accessing internet on TV can easily be done with latest Television sets, which now-a-days have Wi-Fi enabled. Infact, Smart TVs, like the one from Samsung is specifically made for accessing internet content on TV. However, these are expensive and can be availed by very very few people, especially in a country like India.

HP Vayu can be termed as a Set-top-box that enables users to access internet on TV and it does not require a Keyboard and a mouse. Everything can be controlled using the normal TV remote control.

Although, HP Vayu is not launched yet, ToI got a preview of it and they have some interesting things to say about it. Here are some of the highlights of HP Vayu as described by ToI article:

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  • HP Vayu comes in-built with various apps that include stock prices, horoscope, Bill pay facility and even getting Train information. Also, Vayu has a facility where it third party developers can create apps on this platform.
  • HP Vayu runs on Linux based operating system, and also can be used as a regular PC. It also has a facility to attach a keyboard and mouse.
  • HP Vayu has a facility where users can create categories and store websites, blogs of their choice.
  • HP Vayu has a storage capacity where users can store photos, videos, documents among other things
  • It can be paired with a Mobile phones as well and paired mobile phones can send messages. Users can share web urls, photos etc as well using a mobile phone.

Technical Specifications

  • Linux Based OS
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB Flash Memory (facility to add additional 300GB space)
  • Zigbee Sensor Network
  • USB Ports
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared Connectivity
  • HDMI Output
  • Regular AV Channels
  • 3G / GPRS /HSDPA
  • Built-in Microphone & Speakers

Vayu also boast many other features including motion sensors, contact list, white-boarding etc. However, success of HP Vayu will depend upon the price point it comes at. HP Vayu VInd has a production cost of roughly Rs. 5000/- and with mass production, this price is expected to come down as well.

If HP Vayu’s retail price comes in range of Rs. 6-7k, it surely will be a very attractive proposition for Indians who cannot afford to buy a PC which costs roughly Rs. 20k.

Would love to hear readers thoughts on this potentially revolutionary HP Vayu Internet on TV device!

  1. Altaf Rahman says

    Very interesting news. Even the concept is very interesting. Would love to see how much this succeeds considering the slow speeds given out by ISPs.

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