Click here to close now.


Linux Containers Authors: Dana Gardner, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Flint Brenton, David Dodd

News Feed Item

Equiso launches Play on Kickstarter to bring affordable AAA gaming to the masses

Equiso, a proven developer of innovative consumer entertainment platforms, has launched its latest product Play on Kickstarter (, with full production models promised to backers at just $99.

Equiso Play is a truly open source, power-packed gaming console able to stream all iOS and Android games seamlessly to full-screen HDTVs using gamers’ smartphones or tablets solely as slick controllers. It takes the best parts of playing on a phone - touch and precision - and merges them with the living room playing experience gamers crave. Equiso Play has already been prototyped and its Kickstarter funding target of $250,000 will put Equiso Play into full production at just $99.

Adam McBride, CEO of Equiso said: “We’re asking the Kickstarter community to be part of our vision to open up affordable gaming, and put control back in the hands of dedicated gamers. Android gaming is booming with nearly 1.2 million titles out there, so why are gamers limited to playing on smartphones and tablets? Equiso Play packs a huge performance punch for its price-point, handling all of the game processing itself so that smart devices can be used purely as pocket-sized tactile controllers without limitations - capable of playing and mirroring every Android and iOS game available.”

“With Equiso Play we’re not replacing the top-end, top-price living room consoles most of us already have; instead we’re offering something very different and far more affordable. The AAA titles once only available at full-price on traditional consoles are now coming to Android, paving the way for low-cost gaming with many titles under $5, or even free. Being open source is more than just running Android, it’s our commitment to the community and enabling developers to do more. We’ve taken the phone, TV and gaming apps we all have and fused them into one revolutionary playing experience without limits, lowering all barriers to entry further still by making game development truly open source.”

Equiso Play backers will play AAA games and indie titles on their full-screen HDTVs with full access to the Google Play store - packed with 1,132,053 games and apps - or other app stores, plus media channels including Netflix, Google Chrome, Vudu, Crackle, HBO GO and Hulu.

Prashant Someshekar, a developer for the community-built Android distribution CyanogenMod, said: “Equiso Play is a great product that provides an upgrade path for devices which have long been abandoned by their manufacturer and it can be quite immersive, especially if you’re working with a 60-inch TV. The company is comprised of many likeminded people who are extremely dedicated to the cause. I’m very excited to see what can come about in one’s own living room.”


  • Power: Equiso Play’s Quad-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU perform all the heavy-lifting game processing, fully-independent of players’ phones or tablets (and those batteries!)
  • Controller-free: Equiso Play for Android and iOS uses the best mobile touch interface available – the phone or tablet already in our pockets. Not all Android or iOS games can be played using separate controllers, but they can using Equiso Play and any smart device
  • Independence: Two Wi-Fi chipsets let Equiso Play bypass routers, firewalls and other roadblocks to create its own ad-hoc network, eliminating lag and device discovery and simplifying setup
  • Truly open: a genuine Open Source platform open to developer SDKs, hacks, custom ROMs and fully-interoperable with most USB and Bluetooth controllers if required
  • High Definition: Full-screen HDTV 1080p experience for mobile gaming with 5.1 surround sound
  • Easy-to-use: USB 2.0/3.0 cable simply plugs into HDTV
  • Android and iOS: Uses Apple AirPlay mirroring for iOS gaming, or an Apple desktop to turn a TV into a second screen, and Android Miracast for Android
  • A galaxy of games: Gives access to 1,132,053+ Android and 1,500,443+ iOS games

Technical specifications: Hardware

  • CPU: Amlogic Cortex-A9-r4 Quad-Core 2.0 GHz processor
  • GPU: ARM Mali 450 600MHz 8-Core graphics
  • Wireless: Dual Wi-Fi 802.11n chipsets
  • Ports: 2xUSB, MicroUSB, MicroSD, Ethernet, HDMI, A/V out, optical audio
  • Memory: 1GB 32-bit**
  • Storage: 8GB Flash**

Technical specifications: Software

  • Android Miracast
  • Apple AirPlay mirroring
  • Linux/Open Source SDK

Equiso Play Elite - $129 – A more powerful open source gaming console

  • Includes all of the features detailed above, plus:
  • 16GB Flash Storage
  • 2GB DDR3 64-bit memory
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Active cooling and support for 4K Ultra HD

About Equiso, Inc. is an innovator of digital media platforms that leverage the convergence of internet and entertainment. Equiso was founded in March 2006 when it shared its first iteration of an open source gaming platform on SourceForge. The company has remained dedicated to its mission to create an open source console that would deliver low-cost gaming without compromise. In June, 2012, Equiso launched its SmartTV Stick on Kickstarter and raised $241,557 from 2,700 backers enabling it to deliver SmartTV Stick to market and develop sales channels including a distribution deal with more than 3,600 Walmart stores. More than 75,000 Equiso SmartTV Sticks have been shipped to date, and the product is currently in its seventh version. Learn more at:

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, wil...
PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNub’s Data Stream Network.
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk was on IBM Cloudant, Apache CouchDB, and ...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical to maintaining positive ROI. Raxak Protect is an automated security compliance SaaS platform and ma...
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Most of the IoT Gateway scenarios involve collecting data from machines/processing and pushing data upstream to cloud for further analytics. The gateway hardware varies from Raspberry Pi to Industrial PCs. The document states the process of allowing deploying polyglot data pipelining software with the clear notion of supporting immutability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Shashank Jain, a development architect for SAP Labs, discussed the objective, which is to automate the IoT deployment process from development to production scenarios using Docker containers.
Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry – resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. In his general session at 17th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, an IBM Company, broke down what we have to work with, discussed the benefits and pitfalls and how we can best use them to design hosted applications.
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are making enough to support a reasonably sized team....
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of com...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now all corporate assets – people, objects, and spaces – can share information about themselves and thei...
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Yet a closer inspection at the data reveals less than half of these cloud projects involve production...
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true change and transformation possible.