1080p Android Set-top Boxes Are Set to Invade Your Living Room

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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 utilizes 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 modeled around a television, MIPS envisions MIDs and digital picture frames based on the platform as well. There are no plans to commercialize 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 center at home and media player when I'm away. [Engadget and Slash Gear]