imageA KickStarter project that has reached its funding goal of $950,000 within the first twelve hours. Currently the project got 21,500 backers pledging $2.7M with 28 days left to go.

Ouya, found by Julie Urhman, is proposing a Rubik’s cube size game console with a sleek buttons, d-pad and touchpad game controller. The design works were done by Yves Behar , the designer of iconic Jambox, Jawbone, Peel, etc..

The Android based game console solution can produce 1080p HD graphics with the Tegra 3 quad-core CPU; Wifi; Bluetooth for your living room entertainment experience.

The platform is inviting developers & hacker to create games & apps by highlighting the banners stating  “Hackers welcome”, “Have at it: It’s easy to root (and rooting won’t void your warranty). Everything opens with standard screws”. “Hardware hackers can create their own peripherals, and connect via USB or Bluetooth. You want our hardware design? Let us know. We might just give it to you. Surprise us!” , etc..

The game platform is based on the principles that users can play the game for free or in time-expired trial mode and developers can set their price with built-in micro-transaction for monetizing.

For $99, the device features:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)

"We were totally psyched to reach our goal at 2pm. It took us 7 months to raise a little bit of investment from generous friends and family, and we raised the rest on Kickstarter in 7 hours. We are just floored. We thank the 8,000 backers who have supported us so far, and the rest yet to come. The next 29 days are about raising the bar: how much can we change things?  We’re going to hang on tight for the ride!", said Julie Urhman, founder and CEO of Ouya.

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