SMART BOX FOR DUMB TV SETS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LIVING TECH - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE STUCK WITH A LARGE, REL­A­TIVELY NEW, LCD OR LED TV WITH­OUT ANY SMART FEATURES? WELL, NOW YOU CAN “SMARTEN” UP YOUR TV, EVEN AN OLD CRT, WITH IN­TEL­LI­GENT FEATURES

Old tele­vi­sion sets never both­ered about the In­ter­net. Some LCDs can go

on­line with a USB adapter. With no web con­nec­tion, apps were never a fea­ture. The clos­est you get

is built-in games. With just chan­nels to flip through, CRTs

needed a re­mote only for con­trols.

No cus­tomi­sa­tion pos­si­ble be­yond tuning the pic­ture to your pref­er­ence. Old CRTs can’t play video files with­out

help, old LCD play some for­mats.

Older models suf­fer from lim­i­ta­tions in sound out­put, though tweaks are pos­si­ble . With only reg­u­lar re­motes for con­trol, mo­tion con­trol was never an op­tion. Could play only con­tent coming in through AV ca­ble, no file shar­ing. No op­tion of shar­ing any

con­tent on the de­vice.

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