LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The world's first Android PC for families introduces next-level gaming experience capabilities
MiiPC, the highly-acclaimed PC for families with Cloud-based parental control features, today announces the joint partnership with 18th Parallel to provide an exciting and familiar gamepad experience to enhance regular tablet Android gameplay on a large screen HDTV or monitor.
The new gaming functionality further expands MiiPC's capabilities and brings a feature that will no doubt be exciting for both parents and their children. This will allow kids and adults to enjoy their favorite games on the familiar MiiPC device, while giving parents the ability to stay aware of what their children are playing, and make sure their gaming experience is a healthy one.
Young Song, Founder of MiiPC, explains: "Being a father to two beautiful kids, I've always wanted to make sure my children are safe online, and this is how the idea of MiiPC was born. Our goal is to make MiiPC a fun and easy-to-use multi-purpose device providing all the computing tools your family needs at a very affordable cost. This is exactly why we've teamed up with 18th Parallel, to bring a greater gaming experience to the device. MiiPC brings fun to the whole family - educational gaming for children, competitive gaming for teens, or casual gaming for adults. Coupled with Cloud-based parental control features, MiiPC provides a safe family hub for learning and entertainment."
The 18th Parallel partnership introduces Cannonball console gaming platform, which adds another entertainment aspect to the existing MiiPC features. This new functionality will also be made available to all existing MiiPC users through an upcoming software update. MiiPC also comes with a companion application for Android and iOS mobile phones that allows parents to remotely keep an eye on and adjust their children's activities in real time, whether they're at home or out of the house. This feature helps the parents set online boundaries that aid in preventing internet addiction and introducing kids to online content in a way that is safe, informative and fun.
Nishith Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of 18th Parallel, explains: "We are very thrilled to announce our partnership with MiiPC which brings to life a perfect symbiosis of Android computing and gaming. Team 18th Parallel is very passionate about bringing gaming to the masses and launching Cannonball on the child friendly platform like the MiiPC allows us to bring entertainment to gamers of all ages in an innovative and exciting way. Parents can feel confident knowing that the unique MiiPC Parental controls will allow their kids to enjoy games in a safe environment."
Further to the parental control functions, MiiPC brings the familiar Android environment to the bigger screen - the device can be plugged into a large screen TV to stream video content and games, making it a multi-purpose media center. In addition to this, with a keyboard, mouse, webcam and gamepad support, MiiPC is a fully functioning computer that runs on only 8.5 - 10 watts. This is 10x less than the average computer, making MiiPC very environmentally friendly and inexpensive to run but still providing fun for the whole family.
MiiPC comes with an HDMI connection and three USB ports, so it can be used with HDMI monitors and most HDTVs - providing a true keyboard and mouse experience. The device runs on top of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) leveraging all the power of the web and the ever-growing Android application ecosystem. To complete the desktop computing experience MiiPC comes with access to the MiiPC Featured Apps Store showcasing 40+ Android apps that have been personally tested and approved for use on the MiiPC platform. Access is also provided to the MiiPC Web App Center with over 500 web applications which will include productivity, games, entertainment, multimedia and educational selections.
- Processor: Marvell's® award-winning ARMADA® 1500 Plus SoC
- Storage: 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB eMMC Internal Flash and expandable via SD slot and USB port
- System RAM: 1GB/2GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet Port, and Bluetooth (4.0)
- Connect to HDTV or HDMI monitor: HDMI (1080p/720p) output
- I/O: 3 USB 2.0 Ports, Speaker Jack
- Companion MiiPC Parental Control Mobile App for iOS and Android, and access to MiiPC Parental Web Portal
- Built-in MiiPC Media Server software, MiiPC Featured Apps Store and MiiPC Web App Center.
* Keyboard, mouse & HDMI cable are sold separately
Apps: Key Features
- MiiPC Featured Apps - 40 personally tested Android Apps that work well with MiiPC
- Pre-bundled App Market Place - ability to download more than 300,000 free Android Apps
- In addition MiiPC works with the Amazon App Store providing access to over 75,000 Android Apps
MiiPC have recently established the MiiPC Forum (http://www.miipcforum.com), which provides a wide range of information and resources so users of all kinds can share and discover MiiPC-related content and features. With users' valuable feedback ZeroDesktop will continue to improve and enhance the functionality of MiiPC, making it better and smarter.
You can order MiiPC worldwide now for $129 at: http://www.miipc.com
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About MiiPC http://www.miipc.com
MiiPC has been created by a team of developers at ZeroDesktop, Inc., based in Silicon Valley.
ZeroDesktop, Inc. is a leading developer of next generation Cloud Operating System and Cloud Service Brokerage Solutions for Consumers, Telecoms, OEMs, ISVs and Enterprises. The ZeroDesktop Infrastructure aggregates scattered digital content from local storage, network drives and cloud services providing unified access by PCs, tablets and mobile devices.
This is ZeroDesktop's first product that combines hardware and software aimed at the consumer marketplace. ZeroDesktop is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and has employees worldwide with development centers in both Silicon Valley and Europe. Their technologies are licensed to leading Telcoms, OEMs and ISVs in Europe and Asia, which combine their software expertise in Cloud technologies along with their own personal understanding and experience of family struggles with the Internet led them to conceive of MiiPC.
About 18th Parallel http://www.18thparallel.com
18th Parallel is the team behind Cannonball, an innovate software platform that allows service providers and OEMs to offer console gaming on Android set-top-boxes, smart TVs, and PCs using off-the-shelf Android games and off-the-shelf gamepads.