PiixL Jetpack promises to mount a PC behind a big flat screen TV

The quest for companies to sell PCs designed to be connected to big-screen living room televisions has been going on for the past couple of decades without a lot of mainstream success. Today, U.K. company PiixL claims it has a solution for this market called Jetpack, a small PC that's designed to be put behind a flat screen TV.

The company's press release states that the Jetpack has an ultra-thin case design that's also been crafted so that its width can be extended. This allows the PC's ports to be positioned on the edge of TVs from 32 to 70 inches in size. It adds, "This sleek design factor enables Jetpack to be directly mounted between the back of any wall mountable TV and wall bracket via the VESA Flat Display Mounting Interface which can be found at the back of most modern TVs."

PiixL claims the Jetpack will have some high-end hardware specs inside, including Intel Core i7 processors, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and NVIDIA Titan or GTX780 graphics cards. Either Windows or Valve's upcoming SteamOS can be installed inside the Jetpack.

Piixl plans to launch the Jetpack on Jan. 1, with prices beginning at $1,000. More information on the PC will be revealed later this month.

Source: PixxL via The Next Web | Image via PiixL

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I have an Acer Revo dating back a few years that mounts to the back of any VESA-compliant monitor/TV. It's hooked up to my projector, and I use it almost daily. I only wish it had a little more horsepower, as it struggles with HD content.

This sounds like a good alternative, although mostly overkill. My Revo was barely $300.

Looks good. I currently have 2 Mac Minis and a Lenovo Netop connected to three different TV's. This would be excellent for the main TV where all the gaming goes down.

I think we all saw this coming. The one benefit I can see to this is that you can pretty much guarantee that it will be kept up to date unlike some other TV manufacturers who would prefer that you upgrade your TV over updating the software.

I think an interesting idea would be to see the Xbox One's UI built in to this for a TV interface with a Kinect. It could make for an interesting device.

Drewidian said,
I think we all saw this coming. The one benefit I can see to this is that you can pretty much guarantee that it will be kept up to date unlike some other TV manufacturers who would prefer that you upgrade your TV over updating the software.

I think an interesting idea would be to see the Xbox One's UI built in to this for a TV interface with a Kinect. It could make for an interesting device.

Kept up to date? TV manufacturers?

You know this is just a PC right? That is in a form factor that allows it to mount behind a TV.

http://piixl.com/gallery.html

D. FiB3R said,

Kept up to date? TV manufacturers?

You know this is just a PC right? That is in a form factor that allows it to mount behind a TV.

http://piixl.com/gallery.html

i think the reference was to the fact that tv's come with smart technologies in them but get left behind, this is a better experience without another box (tower or set top box style pc case) for your home entertainment.

D. FiB3R said,

Kept up to date? TV manufacturers?
You know this is just a PC right? That is in a form factor that allows it to mount behind a TV.
http://piixl.com/gallery.html

Yeah, I get that. That was my point. MS will keep it up to date with OS patches and since it will probably use the Windows Store, Its apps will be kept up to date. Most Smart TVs have an OS and apps made by the manufacturer, its hard to see them support a particular model after 5 or 10 years unlike MS. I just didn't say it all since its what I was implying.