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InnSpire, the Swedish based tech firm has launched InnCable. What is so special about another cable I hear you all ask in unison. Well, InnCable is special in the sense that it has an Android computer built into it. In essence, InnCable can make ant television into a SMART TV.
How does InnCable work?
As mentioned above, InnCable is the Ethernet cable with a built in Android computer. It works but plugging one end into an Ethernet port and the other end into the HDMI slot on a television. Hey presto! You now have a SMART TV. Essentially, it allows you to have a compact, Android based, set top box.
InnCable works best using an Ethernet and POE (power over Ethernet) port. It can also be powered by the television via the HDMI port but, not all TV’s support this yet. If need be, InnCable can be powered through a plug socket and can connect to Wi-Fi all though, for hotels this may not be ideal.
The InnCable includes two USB ports and an RJ-12 serial port. The processor and CPU memory has not been released but it can be assumed to be similar to Roku or other set-top boxes.
What does the future for InnCable look like?
As it stands, InnCable is aimed at the hotel industry. It is a quick and cheap way for them to upgrade their existing televisions and enhance the guest experience. After the hotel industry, InnSpire is planning on getting a home version for the average Joe. InnSpire’s co-founder and CEO Martin Chevalley has said, “We will start selling to hotels, but we are already talking with B2C companies about launching a version for consumers.”
The current version of the cable has custom made software for hotels and the hospitality industry. The applications within this software include information services, hotel information and guest sales. InnSpire is open to other providers developing new applications depending on the industries they are selling into.
In a press release, InnSpire said, “InnCable is based on the same groundbreaking technology that won InnSpire the HTNG [Hospitality Technology Next Generation] tech innovation award in 2014. Millions of hotel guests have since enjoyed world-class entertainment, ordered room service and controlled hotel offers using the hotel room TV and their own devices”
What are your views?
Beside hospitality, what other industries do you think this technology would work well in? More importantly, would you buy it? Let us know in the comment box below.