Funai Corp., which licenses the Philips TV brand for North America, said today that its 2019 Philips 24-inch Android TV optimized for hands-free use in the kitchen is now available at retail partners across the country.

The Philips 24-inch Kitchen Android TV ($299.99 suggested retail) has a sleek, compact and kitchen-design-friendly color scheme. It also builds in the Google Assistant voice control system with far-field mics for easy hands-free operation while viewing recipes, playing music or watching TV shows while going about the course of household tasks.

The product design features cosmetic design with a white bezel surrounding the LCD panel and woven gray mesh cloth covering the dual-speakers that doubles as the TV stand. This helps the television fit in the surroundings on most counter tops.

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Based on the Android TV platform, the Philips 24-inch unit has HD display technology, two HDMI ports and provides access to the Google PlayStore library with access to 500,000+ movies and shows, and over 5,000 apps.

Using the Google Assistant feature, users can also access how-to cooking videos from YouTube to cook along with the playing video.

Viewers can simple speak commands like “pause video,” “rewind,” “fast forward” or “raise volume” and have the television perform the tasks without lifting a finger.

The Android TV platform also allows users to control compatible smart home devices by voice or remote. To trigger and action, the user only needs to say “Ok Google” before speaking a directive to perform a desired task, like turn off the lights, or get a weather forecast.

The TV uses dual noise-cancelling far-field microphones enclosed in the speaker, to cancel out background sounds that could interfere with voice commands. Funai said the integrated microphone provides full privacy control with a physical mic-off button that illuminates orange indicating that power is cut from all microphones.

The TV can also be placed in other rooms of the home, like spare rooms or in the garage, to help DIYers follow step-by-step repair videos or capentry tutorials. Other uses include a home gym or office where voice commands can be handy.

By Greg Tarr

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