Of all the screens we thought we'd see Hulu Plus appear on next, the 7-inch LCD of Sony's Dash wasn't one of them. Still, if you're paying Hulu $9.99 for the privilege of accessing its season-long catalog of TV episodes and movies, you can now stream that content to the chumby-based "Personal Internet Viewer".
Sony's Dash was a surprise announcement at CES 2010 back in January, and the fattened-up Chumby has now gone up for preorder at the company's online store. $199.99 gets you - on April 15th - a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi and a USB 2.0 port, along with compatibility with all of Chumby's widgets. That means things like Netflix and YouTube, along with Facebook and media playback.
You might recall that cool personal internet viewer that Sony unveiled at CES last month called the Dash. I'm not convinced that there is a huge market for a dedicated device for browsing the web when you consider most of us can already do that with smartphones or notebooks. Still, the Dash is an interesting product.
Sony have raised a few eyebrows by announcing their own tablet at CES 2010, though they're describing it as a "personal internet viewer". The Sony dash has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated stereo speakers and support for the 1,000+ of chumby applications already available online. That means things like internet radio streaming, webcam viewing and basic games.
There was talk, back at this year's IFA, that Sony and TomTom had come to some sort of agreement, which would ultimately see the combination of the fan-favorite TomTom navigational unit, and Sony's Xplod series of in-dash A/V units. And sure enough, it's finally come to fruition. TomTom and Sony have officially announced the upcoming availability of two different units, packing capacitive touchscreens and plenty of other features.
Genome research promises to unlock many mysteries in due time, whether by proving Bigfoot exists (or not) or ushering in the cure for terrible diseases. Playing a part in this future, Sony has announced that it will be collaborating with M3 and Illumina to launch what it calls a "genome information platform" in Japan. A new company will be established for this by the end of next month.
The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is undoubtedly the most unique form factor in Google's collection of Nexus and Nexus-like devices today. What we've gotten out of it so far is just that - if you're looking for a replacement for a device you've got in your pocket already, something that's just an upgrade from a large smartphone you've had in the past, this isn't it. Instead you've got a device that's massively solid and feels like a whole new generation in in-between greatness.
Sony has announced that it is now working with TomTom to add maps and navigation capability to its Sony AV Center in-dash infotainment system. The system can now offer TomTom turn-by-turn navigation along with features such as IQ Routes for the quickest routes and accurate arrival times.
It seems Sony really wants Minecraft on its PlayStation platform, all the way to the point that the company is bribing the game's creator, Markus Persson, with a VIP E3 2013 invite and what looks to be a gold-plated PSone console, as well as an original copy of Dungeon Master 2. Persson seems to be laughing it off, though.