TelyHD Uses Tegra 2 and Android to Bring Skype Video Calling to the Living Room


Though it hasn’t caught on, several companies have attempted to push the use of HD webcams for family-sized video chat on the living room TV set. We saw an accessory accompany the Logitech Revue, but here’s a standalone Android device that won’t require Google TV. Couple a Tegra 2 processor with a modified version of Android, the all-in-one TelyHD does just one thing: place high-quality video calls using Skype. Does the whole thing seem like overkill considering the same hardware and functionality can be found in many currently available Android handsets? Probably. Does the quality of video calls and ease of use justify a $249.99 price tag? Probably not. The Logitech Revue plus its HD webcam accessory come in at around the same price and offer a much wider range of functionality. The TelyHD is still worth highlighting for the interesting way it uses the Android ecosystem.

[Tely via AndroidCommunity]

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  1. To bad the device is running android 2.3 tho

    1. Considering it’s got a single app ont it… what does it matter what version of Android it runs?

      1. Bragging rights?

    2. Too bad it’s $250 for something that can already be done for less

  2. I’m just going to copy/paste my comment from the other TelyHD article.

    “I think if you’re making a device that’s a one trick pony, or just using
    Android as a base and replacing/removing the launcher, Google Apps, and
    Market; using an old version of Android isn’t a big deal.  I doubt this
    thing has the Market on it, and only does a couple of things to begin

    Similar to B&N using Froyo to develop the Nook
    E-Reader.  The device was marketed and sold as an e-reader, having
    Android on it was just to make development for the manufacturer easier.

    If this thing is marketed to be an Android device (i.e. Marketplace or app store) then the lack of ICS would be a failure.”

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