MIPS Technologies with Sigma Designs demonstrated an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p video. The development is being touted as “a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform” that will allow Android-based devices to enter the living room.
The set-top box utilises Sigma’s hardware graphics acceleration, the MIPS architecture and improvements to Android’s library to display high-definition video on full sized screens. While the demonstration was merely a proof of concept modelled around a television, MIPS envisions MIDs and digital picture frames based on the platform as well. There are no plans to commercialise the prototype yet, but having a standard developer friendly operating system behind all the miscellaneous living room gadgets is a pretty exciting prospect—I can’t wait until my phone is able to be both my media centre at home and media player when I’m away. [Engadget and Slash Gear]