by Mark R
Okay, this is going to be my last entry about CES, because I think I have officially done it to death. I mean, how many times can I say “I visited a booth, I saw a cool gadget, here is a description of it?” The answer is at least one more time. As it so happens, I was over at the iRiver booth, and I saw the WAVE-HOME, and it was pretty impressive.
The WAVE-HOME is a home-networking device that provides advanced multimedia, web and phone capabilities. As you can see from the photo, the WAVE-HOME has a base station and a handset with a minimalist design for a very interesting aesthetic.
The base station has a seven inch color LCD touch screen, and is designed to stay connected to Broadband Internet. From here, the user can access all kinds of digital content including music, photos, movies, hand drawing, plus all sorts of Internet services.
The handset is designed for communication through VoIP calls, so the WAVE-HOME can be used like an old-fashioned land-line phone. The base station even has a 1.3 Megapixel CMOS camera for video conferencing, and is capable of taking still photos.
The WAVE-HOME also features an intelligent Widget, a feature that is becoming more common on most television sets. These widgets provide instant access to weather, stock, and traffic updates.
The iRiver WAVE-HOME should be available sometime in mid-2009 for a price of around $400.