Man Hacks TV Into A Smart TV With Raspberry Pi

Smart TV is still a popular buzz word for TV manufacturers, and for the most part it revolves around the TV being internet connected to serve up apps such as streaming services, Facebook, DLNA features etc. DroidBuild user ‘Carnivore’ wanted a slick smart TV, but wanted to bring the price down by doing a self build.

By taking a fairly standard LED display from Hisense, he stripped out the TV speaker and crammed in the ever popular Raspberry Pi computer, which as many of you will know, is about the size of a cigarette packet. Naturally this is a sure fire way to void your warranty.

Using a 3D printer to create a custom faceplate for the Raspberry Pi so that it matches the edge of the TV, as well as an install of Raspbmc that can take advantage of the newly installed Ethernet USB ports, infrared adapter and a new external speaker output (vital given that the user removed the built-in speakers).

It’s not the first time someone has hooked a Raspberry Pi to a TV, but most users just stick it on the back of the screen, this is the first time we’ve seen someone integrate the whole thing and the end result is rather cool.

Thank you Droid Build for providing us with this information.

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Hisense Launch Feature Packed 4K TV For Just $2,000

Ok so maybe the word “just” isn’t quite right when we are talking about something that costs $2,000. Yet with models from Sony’s flagship range costing in excess of $5,000 the new 4K ready smart TV from Hisense sounds like a pretty good deal.

It was only a few days ago that we bought you news of the even more budget friendly Seiki 55″ 4K TV for only $1,500, but that TV didn’t pack anywhere near as many features as the Hisense. It certainly looks like manufacturers are keen to get their models out in time for Christmas to capitalise on the sales and impulse buys over the holiday season.

The T880 55-inch 4K Smart TV from Hisense packs a solid feature range that includes built-in WiFi, smart TV apps such as Netflix and YouTube, a 178 degree viewing angle and of course an impressive Ultra HDTV 4K display panel.

The set will be available at Walmart and Costco, although we are not certain if it will be available in all of their retail outlets.

Are you saving up for a 4K panel, or do you still think the technology is too expensive?

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.