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Archos Unveils “Connected Objects” Home Automation and IoT Systems

December 31st, 2013 1 comment

There has been many home automation and Internet of things projects featured on crowdfunding sites this year, and IoT products such as smartwatches, fitness bands, smart sockets, connected lights… have started to take off. Archos plans to leverage this trend with their Connect Objects offerings divided in two parts: Connected Home and Connected Self.

Archos Connected Home

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Archos Smart Home is a system that let you monitor and control your home via your smartphone or tablet using the company’s Smart Home App and Connected Objects. The set will come with a 7″ tablet, a mini cam, a USB data cable and documentation. It’s not clear right now if others objects: motion ball, weather tag, movement tag, and smartplug, will be part of the set or need to be purchased separately.

Key features of Smart Home Tablet:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3168 dual core Cortex A9 processor with Mali-400MP4.
  • System Memory – 512 MB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD (compatible with cards up to 64GB)
  • Display – 7″ display – 1024×600 resolution
  • Connectivity – Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Ports – micro USB 2.0 OTG, mini HDMI output, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Camera – 0.3MP from camera

The specs also list Android 4.2.2, but as you’ll see below all objects are connected via Bluetooth 4.0 LE, so the operating system will likely be upgraded to Android 4.4.x or this may not work that well.

Connected Objects details:

  • Mini Cam – VGA camera with 3x CR2450 batteries.
  • Motion Ball – Infrared motion detection device with 3x CR2450 batteries.
  • Movement Tag – Movement detection device using accelerometer and magnet contact powered by one CR2430 battery.
  • Weather Tag – Measures temperature (±0,3 degree; -10° to + 50°) and humidity (±1%; 0% to 100%). Powered by one CR2430 battery.

All connected objects are waterproof, and use Bluetooth 4.0 LE for connectivity with a maximum range of 26 meters indoor. There’s also an Archos Smart Plug that you can turn off/on remotely but no details are provided on Archos website.

You can use this system for security purpose, convenience, and to save electricity. The Smart App let you edit different scenario such as:

  • The motion detector detects presence outside, the mini cam takes a picture, and sends it to your email.
  • If it is freezing outside, set the alarm a few minutes before, to allow you to spend some time to de-ice the car.
  • Switch the hall light on when you open the hallway door during the night, automatically switch off after 5 min.

Archos Connected Self

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Archos will connect your body to the Internet (seriously) using the company’s Connected Self app for Android and iOS via three Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices:

  • Archos Connected Scale – Automatically synchronizes your weigh-ins to your mobile device wirelessly so you can track your readings on the app. Internal memory can store up to 30 measurements, automatically supports 4 users, and the scale has a 180kg capacity.
  • Archos Activity Tracker – Monitors steps and calories burned, and synchronizes your daily activity to your mobile device wirelessly. The app also lets you set goals, and share your activity on Facebook. The lithium battery is rechargeable via USB, and the device can be used for 7 days on a charge.
  • Archos Blood Pressure Monitor – Automatically synchronizes your systolic, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate readings to your mobile device wirelessly. The monitor needs to be wrapped around your wrist.

Albeit not part of Connected Objects offering, Liliputing reports Archos will launch a smartwatch compatible for iOS and Android that will sell for just $50, as well as a Smart Tracker for your pet(s).

I could not find availability nor pricing information at this stage, further information is available on Archos Connected Objects page, and we may also learn more at CES 2014.

Thanks to Didier (my brother) for the tip.

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Archos TV Connect STB Hands-On Video

January 10th, 2013 No comments

A few days ago, Archos unveiled the TV Connect, an Android Jelly Bean set-top box powered by TI OMAP4470 that can be placed on top of the TV, and controlled by a Bluetooth game controller/keyboard. Archos is now at CES 2013, and Brad Linder of Liliputing has had a closer look at the device.

In the first part of the video, they give an overview of the device and the controller, and have some problems with the Bluetooth connection probably because of the spectrum might be saturated at the conference. Brad mentions the controller may be a bit awkward to use, but the Archos guy explains you could also use your TV remote control since it is HDMI CEC compatible, or alternatively your Android smartphone/tablet connected with Bluetooth (or Wi-Fi).

At some point, they discuss about all the Chinese mini PCs that have similar functionalities, and the advantages Archos TV Connect has over those:

  • The device can be placed on top of the TV and features a camera that can be used with
  • Bluetooth (Although many mini PCs already have this feature)
  • The TV Connect is the very first Android TV box that is certified by Google (CTS).

Finally, they launch Google maps and demo pinch and zoom, rotate and tilt with the Bluetooth controller, which is something I doubt you can do with most mini PCs, even if you use a Fly Mouse.

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Archos TV Connect Android 4.1 Set-top Box Powered by TI OMAP4470

January 4th, 2013 No comments

Archos has just announced the Archos TV connect compromised of a touch remote and an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean set-top box and that be placed on to  top of your TV. The Android 4.1 media player is powered by a multi-core 1.5GHz processor with 1 GB RAM and 8GB flash. The touch remote allows you to control your TV just like a tablet with tap, swipe, zoom in, zoom out, select or type.

Archos TV ConnectArchos did not divulge the complete specifications of their new device, but we have to following info for now:

  • SoC – 1.5 GHz Smart MultiCore processor (Arctablet reports it’s powered by TI OMAP 4470)
  • System Memory – 1 GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 GB Flash memory + micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
  • Connectivity:
    • Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi
  • USB – Micro USB port + USB host port
  • Video Output – mini HDMI
  • Camera – HD front camera
  • Misc – LED notification (for incoming calls), Microphone.
  • Dimensions – 235 x 105 x 34 mm

The package comes with ARCHOS TV connect, the TV Touch remote, a power supply, an HDMI cable and a user guide.

Archos TV Connect on Top of TV

The functionality is very similar to what you would get with an Android mini PC and a Fly Mouse, but Archos TV connect adds an Ethernet port (a must for high bitrate videos), an HD camera (useful for Skype / Google Talk video calls) and it has been designed to neatly fit on top of your TV. The device comes with ARCHOS Media Center applications which should made it pretty good to manage and play your video files.

The TV Touch remote features:

  • Pointer – Allows you to control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.
  • Full multi-touch gesture support – Control your apps easily with zoom In, zoom out and rotate.
  • Full keyboard with Android shortcuts – The TV touch remote includes a full keyboard and Android shortcut keys including a key for voice controls and voice typing

It’s also compatible with Archos Gaming Mapping Tool used with the Gamepad that allows you to define the buttons used for a particular game.

The device should be available in February 2013 for $129 / 129 Euros / 99 GBP.  You can get further information on Archos TV Connect page.

Via: Google+

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Archos Announces a 7″ Android GamePad Tablet

August 30th, 2012 2 comments

Many android games now use virtual buttons on the touchscreen for control, but this may not be optimal for all types of games, which is probably why Archos announced the launch a new type of tablet called the Archos GamePad just before IFA 2012. This device would just be like any 7″ Android 4.0 tablets were it not for the control buttons and analog stick on both sides of the screen.

Archos Gamepad

The GamePad is powered by a dual core processor @ 1.5 GHz with a quad core Mali-400 GPU (most likely Rockchip RK3066) with 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash.

Here are the GamePad specifications as found on Arctablet.com:

Operating System Android 4.0
CPU Rockchip RK3066 CPU @ 1.5 Ghz
Integrated GPU: Quad-Core Mali-400
Flash Storage Memory 8 GB
System Memory 1 GB
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDXC compatible up to 64GB)
Display 1024×600 Expected (TBC)
Capacitive MultiTouch
Bluetooth No (TBC)
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n (TBC)
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 0.3Mp (front facing) (TBC)
GPS No
HDMI Yes
Interfaces MicroSD slot
Android Market / Google Play Yes

Android 4.0 supports game controllers within its framework, and by making use of this framework, the GamePad can support many games. However, lots of games still do not include physical control mapping, so Archos developed their own mapping and game recognition tool, which allows any virtual controls to be mapped to the GamePad physical control buttons. This currently allows the GamePad to be supported by thousands of games, according to Archos.

The company has been discussing GamePad game development with “leading games developers”,  and is now invite all Android game developers to make their games compatible with the GamePad. If you’re such a developer, you can contact Archos by email: [email protected]

Archos GamePad will be available by the end of October for 130 GBP or less than 150 Euros depending on which press release you read…

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Archos Unveils 101 XS Tablet Powered by TI OMAP4470

August 23rd, 2012 7 comments

After teasing us last March, Archos officially launched their new Gen10 XS tablet line, and specifically announced the Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch Android 4.0.3 tablet powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4470 (Dual core Cortex A9) @ 1.5 GHz that features a detachable magnetic keyboard called the CoverBoard which also serves as a protective cover when not in use.
Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 Android TabletHere are the specs for this new tablet:

Processor Texas Instruments OMAP4470 @ 1.5GHz with SGX544 GPU
Storage 16 GB Flash Memory + microSD Slot (up to 128GB)
System Memory 1GB RAM
Video codecs and containers • H.264 HD ([email protected], up to 1080p@30 fps and 1080i/720p@60 fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (SP/ASP@L6, up to 1080p@30 fps)
• With optional plug-in: MPEG2 HD (MP/HL, 1080p@30 fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF
Audio codecs • MP3
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
• FLAC
• With optional plug-in: AC3 5.1
Pictures JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported
Camera 720p front camera with 720p encoding
Interfaces • Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (USB 2.0/USB Host cable sold separately)
• Proprietary USB docking connector
• microSD (SDXC compatible)
• mini HDMI output (mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Connectivity • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
• Bluetooth 4.0
Miscellaneous • Built-in speaker
• GPS
• G-sensor
• Compass
• Built-in Microphone
Dimensions & weight • Tablet: 273 mm x 170 mm x 8mm
• Coverboard: 273 mm x 170 mm x 5mm
• Tablet: 600g
• Coverboard: 200g
Battery life • Music playback time: up to 40 hrs
• Video playback time: up to 7 hrs
• Internet navigation time: up to 10 hrs

All Archos Gen10 XS tablets are Google certified (with official Google Play), currently feature Android 4.0, and will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 2012.

AFAIK, this is the first tablet where the keyboard is fully part of the design (and not simply an accessory). Archos 101 XS can be used without the keyboard just as a normal tablet, or with the keyboard to turn it into an Android netbook (and I’m pretty sure Ubuntu will run on that thing), and the keyboard can be used to as a cover when the device is not in use. Watch the video below to see how the keyboard and tablet fit together.

The 101 XS tablet will be available in November and sell for $399.99 US (Suggested retail price) in the US and 379 Euros in Europe.

Archos has sent some evaluation samples to several blogs, and reviews are available on sites such as Anandtech, Ubergizmo and Engadget. Further information is available on Archos 101 XS page.

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Archos Arnova G3 Tablets: Arnova 10b G3 and Arnova 9 G3

April 27th, 2012 No comments

Archos has announced (actually just listed them on their website) the third generation low cost Arnova tablets based on Rockchip RK2918 (Cortex A8 @ 1GHz) with 1 GB RAM and running Android 4.0 (ICS) with Arnova 10b G3 and Arnova 9 G3

Arnova 10b G3 & Arnova 9 G3 Tablets with Android ICS

Here are the specifications of the devices:

CPU • Rockchip RK2918 (Cortex A8) @ 1 GHz
System Memory • 1GB RAM
Operating system • ANDROID 4.0
Capacity • Flash memory: 8 GB or 4 GB
• Extendable via micro SDHC Slot
Display characteristics • Arnova 10b G3 – 10.1” Resistive Dual Touch screen, TFT LCD (Resolution : 1024 x 600)
• Arnova 9 G3 – 9.7″ Capacitive 5 points MultiTouch Screen with IPS Technology (Resolution: 1024 x 768)
Video Playback • H.264 up to 1080p resolution – 30 fps
• MPEG-4– 30 fps
• Container formats: .avi .mp4 ,mkv, .mov, and .flv
Audio Playback • MP3, WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC
Photo viewer • JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG
Interfaces • Micro USB host 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
• USB port 2.0
• Audio Jack
Communication protocols • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• 3G via optional ARCHOS G9 3G Stick (Arnova 10b G3 only)
Miscellaneous • 720p camera
• Built-in speaker
• Microphone
• G-sensor
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• USB Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight • Arnova 10b G3 – 270 mm x 150 mm x 12 mm – 630 g
• Arnova 9 G3 – 239 mm x 184 mm x 12.5 mm – 630 g
Compatibility • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or higher, Mac OS or Linux in mass storage mode

Arnova 10b G3 is expected to cost around 200 USD (It can be pre-ordered for 199.99 USD) and Arnova 9 G3 will probably be slightly more expensive because it features a capacitive touchscreen. Although they can’t beat the prices of the 7″ Android tablets produced by Chinese manufacturers, the new Archos Arnova tablets are still relatively price competitive for Android 4 tablets with 10″ screens.

For further information, you can visit Arnova 10b G3 and Arnova 9 G3 pages.

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ARCHOS G9 Tablets Firmware 4.0.5 Released

March 23rd, 2012 No comments

Two weeks ago, Archos released the first  firmware for Archos 80 G9 / 101 G9 and A70B supporting Android 4.0.3 (ICS), so it was likely a new one would soon follow to fix a few bugs.

Here’s the ChangeLog:

Version 4.0.5 – March 22nd, 2012

  • Wi-Fi: fix slow throughput and disconnections happening on some access points
  • HDMI: solve no sound or no video output issue on some TVs
  • Bluetooth: make sure Bluetooth does not prevent device suspend
  • VPN: fix VPN connection failing
  • Touchscreen: avoid loss of first finger touch while tapping with second finger

The update should be done automatically OTA, but alternatively the firmware can be downloaded at http://update.archos.com/9/gen9/gen9_4.0.5/firmware_archos_it4.aos

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