Video Hands-on: PCD Android Tablet Streams Games and 1080p Video to TVs

Oh no, not another Android tablet! That’s what I first thought when Taiwanese company Cywee whipped out its 7-inch slate here at CTIA, which PCD is bringing to market by the middle of next year. Then they started streaming a 1080p clip of Iron Man 2 wirelessly from the tablet (powered by a Marvell chip) to a big-screen, and it looked pretty darn good. Then the Cywee rep walked to the other side of the booth. And it kept streaming. He put it inside a cabinet. It kept streaming. And that wasn’t even the best part.

Cywee then went back to the main menu on this tablet and started playing a racing game, using the device’s 9-axis accelerometer as a remote control as we watched the action on the big screen. Zero latency. How do they do it? The tablet communicates with a set-top box receiver, which connects to your TV via HDMI. The transmitter portion of the tablet makes the slate fairly bulky, but the company promises that this bulge won’t be there once the device comes to market.

This is not DLNA we’re talking about here. Cywee uses a special codec in combination with Wi-Fi for video transmission that cuts down or eliminates latency, and the company claims that it’s solution is better optimized for games than Apple’s upcoming AirPlay. Eventually, Cywee and PCD hope to convince TV makers to integrate its technology into sets that have 802.11n.

PCD says its working with carriers to roll out this unique Android tablet by the middle of 2011, and by then we think this concept will be even more compelling, since there will be more apps in the market optimized for big-screen devices. These higher-res will translate better on the big screen.

One thing is for sure. This is not your standard Android tablet. Check out the video demo below and gallery.

Streaming Video Demo

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Steaming Game Demo

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