Measy U2C Android Mini PC features a webcam, optional docking station

The Measy U2C is an Android TV stick with a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1 software. But there are two things that really set it apart: The built-in mic and camera, and an upcoming optional docking station that makes the camera easy to use (and which adds extra ports.

GeekBuying sells the Measy U2C for $75, and plans to offer the docking station later later this month after Chinese new year.

Measy U2C

CNX Software has some initial impressions of the Measy U2C, and reports that the camera works well enough for Skype or other video chat applications.

The problem is that unless you have a TV with an HDMI port on the side, you’ll probably end up plugging this stick-sized computer into the back of your TV where the camera is pretty much useless.

That’s where the dock comes in. It connects to an HDMI cable and then sits in front of your TV, or just about anywhere else your cable can reach. This lets you point the camera at your couch when you want to sit back and make a video call.

You can also use the dock to attach a mouse, keyboard, storage or other peripherals thanks to the USB, HDMI, and SD card slots.

According to CNX Software, the Measy U2C has great WiFi performance and support for video playback in a range of formats, but the software that comes with the tablet doesn’t appear to be all that stable yet.

This isn’t the first Android TV stick we’ve seen to feature a built-in camera. The Kimdecent B12 also has one, and there’s some evidence that the two devices actually use the same system board.

  • http://nortonpeabody.blogspot.com/ Norton Peabody

    Any information on pricing of the dock? It looks like it would work for any number of stick devices. The HDMI input appears to swivel for aiming the camera and I’m guessing the usb hub is powered?….

  • Arrdee

    If they’re smart the dock contains about a pound of lead. The biggest problem with teeny TV devices is that cable management is a nightmare, with any decent cables dragging them to the floor or dangling into space. Or does everyone else have a source of “gorilla” double-faced tape? Eagle-talon velcro? And why would you want the cables hanging out from the same direction the camera faces? Who is designing product packaging of these things??? And geeze yet another thing with a power switch. Ever wonder why there isn’t one on a Roku?

    • nards barley

      Good points, although I am not sure about this part:

      “And geeze yet another thing with a power switch. Ever wonder why there isn’t one on a Roku?”

      I think I have read people complaining about the lack of power switches on these devices, No?

      • Arrdee

        Well I won’t say a Roku doesn’t need a hard reset now and then, but you can unplug/replug the DC power plug. Think about it, do you get up and flip on a host of power switches for your TV, DVD/Blueray player, Cable box, etc. every time you want to watch TV?
        “Set top” is an obsolete term in an age of thin panel TVs. Something with a VESA mount and all cables hanging DOWN from a bottom face of the unit makes more sense. Any cam or IR remote “eye” could be in a smaller head unit that clamps to the top edge of the TV. But maybe that’s just me.

    • http://nortonpeabody.blogspot.com/ Norton Peabody

      Keep in mind this is an Android pc with a camera. So if it’s too small and light for you what would you suggest using to replace it? Maybe just set a laptop with webcam on top of the telly? To be honest I wouldn’t use the hub for a camera device but it might make a nice little hub for my MK802II or ProBox 2 if it was very inexpensive… But I’ve got to admit that it sure would seem more practical to have all the inputs on the opposite side the camera was facing.

    • Rico

      “And why would you want the cables hanging out from the same direction the camera faces?”

      You can turn the camera to face the other direction…

      • Arrdee

        That’s a start!

      • http://nortonpeabody.blogspot.com/ Norton Peabody

        Yes, I believe you’re correct it certainly appears as though the HDMI input rotates….I hope they make this thing available separately from the stick pc and inexpensive….

  • strider_mt2k

    Re-he-he-he-heallly….