The MiiPC is an Android powered compact PC designed for the entire family with kid friendly features. One of the added features of the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the support for multi user accounts.
The MiiPC puts this new feature to good use by letting each family member have his or her own user account. The MiiPC also comes with a companion app for both iOS and Android. The app allows you to set guidelines and restrictions for the user accounts.
If you are worried about your kid’s online activities, you can use the app to set which apps and websites that your kid can access. You can even set a schedule on who can access the device at what time and how long each session is going to be. If you want to restrict the use of the Facebook app to only half an hour per day per child, you can do that as well.
The app also provides you with real time monitoring of the usage by each account so that you will always have access to your kids’ activities on the MiiPC. With the companion app, you will always have full control on how the MiiPC is used and what is being accessed.
Hardware wise, the MiiPC is quite similar to an Android set top box or mini PC. It is powered by a Marvell New Armada 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. It has both WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and an Ethernet LAN port for connecting to the internet. It has support for Bluetooth 4.0 as well.
The MiiPC has a HDMI port for connecting a TV as a display. It supports up to 1080p resolution. For expansion, it has 2 USB ports and a SD card expansion slot. The MiiPC also has speaker and microphone jacks.
The device will also have Miracast support. Miracast is similar to Apple’s Airplay and allows for wireless sharing of video and audio from other Miracast enabled devices like your smartphone and tablet to the MiiPC connected TV display.
The MiiPC Kickstarter campaign has already raised more than $44,000 out of the target of $50,000. The campaign is scheduled to end on May 9, 2013. Early bird backers can get the MiiPC at $89 and it is expected to start shipping to the backers on July 15.
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