Valueplus, a Korean company specialized in “media application products”, is currently showcasing the Valueplus Tizzbird N1 at CeBit 2012, in Hanover, Germany on March 6-10 2012. This device is a media player in a small form factor HDMI / USB stick similar to what we have previously seen with the Roku Streaming Stick, Always Innovating HDMI Dongle Media Player and FXI Tech Cotton Candy.
The Tizzbird N1 is powered by Telechips 8925 ARM Cortex A5 processor (TCC8925C) clocked at 800 Mhz with 4 GB NAND Flash and runs Android 4.0 (ICS). The device features an HDMI port, a mini USB port for power, a USB port to connect external mass-storage devices such as a USB hard drive, a microSD card slot and an IR sensor. The device also has built-in Wifi 802.11n for network connectivity.
The way it works is you plug the stick into the HDMI port of your TV and use a short USB cable to connect the mini USB port to the USB port of the TV transforming your “dumb” TV into a smart TV.
The Valueplus Tizzbird N1 runs Android 4.0 with a custom 3D user interface and allows to run Android apps, use Android web browser and play High Definition videos among other things.
If you are not happy with using a standard IR remote, you can always install TizzRemote app in your Android smartphone to take control of the device.
You can watch Charbax’s video below to see the device in action.
Valueplus said the device will be available mid April 2012 and sell for less than 100 USD retail.
This makes it an interesting alternative to more expensive HDMI/USB dongles by Always Innovative and FXI Tech. The price may be similar to the Roku Streaming Stick, but Roku’s device requires one of very expensive MHL-enabled televisions.
You may get more information on ValuePlus website once they setup a page for the new device.