While the LOOQS MeeFrame looks, at first glance, like just another digital photo frame - albeit one that sensibly includes WiFI b/g - what makes it moderately interesting is how it fits into the rest of LOOQS' ecosystem. The company's line-up includes a media storage device - the MeeBox NAS - and a version that integrates a wireless access point - the MeeBox Router - each of which can stream content to the touchscreen MeeFrame; alternatively it can show content from LOOQS' online MeeChannel portal.
Bless the FCC for giving us sneak previews of upcoming devices; today's unusual product is why we love it so. Apparently the work of Qisda, this multimedia router has an egg-like casing and a small color touchscreen, along with stereo speakers - in a sort of Sony Rolly arrangement, though with less dancing - and WiFi 802.11n. Around the back you only get one 10/100 ethernet port alongside the WAN connection, but there's a USB port that lets you plug in a 3G modem and get online via a cellular network instead.
As predicted earlier today, Apple have pushed out their latest firmware for the Apple TV. Version 3.0 brings with it a newly redesigned GUI, along with compatibility with iTunes Extras and iTunes LP as introduced in iTunes 9. There's also support for Genius Mixes and internet radio playback, and the whole set-top box experience is apparently smoother and quicker.
Internet radio is a popular way for many people to listen to the music they like. Internet radio stations are particularly welcome if you live in an area like me where your preferred music genre is not offered. Livio has announced a new internet radio called the NPR Radio. As the name suggests the device offers easy access to NPR content.
The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up. Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing. There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.
chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.
We're sure some of you couldn't sleep all weekend what with the promise of Revo's teaser campaign reaching its climax this morning, and sure enough the UK company has another radio for your delectation. To be fair, the Revo IKON isn't any old radio: in fact, it's the world's first color touchscreen, multi-format digital radio, complete with a 3.5-inch display, iPod/iPhone dock and Last.fm integration.
So, the Chumby came out awhile ago. It's this little box-like device that pulls information off the internet, like weather, news, and sports updates, and then displays them in Flash format in real-time. It was a pretty original idea, and while it may not have been the sharpest looking thing on the block, its functionality was close to making it worth it. Especially if you don't like alarm clocks, and can't afford the alternative. But, apparently the hardware wasn't the top of the pick for many, and so Chumby is moving over onto the software front, hoping to make a name for itself.