It's still too early to tell whether these types of information displays
are going to be a hit in the mainstream, but with Sony
, there's at least a slight chance. Chumby Industries has been
creating these types of displays, which are basically a digital photo
frame but with web connectivity and access to a number of widgets. These
displays are used to easily check the weather, check e-mail and browser
photos, video and music.
Insignia, which is Best Buy's brand of consumer electronics, has just
introduced another option in this growing product segment: the 8"
Infocast Internet Media Display. The device has an 800x600 resolution
touch display, 2GB of internal storage for multi-media, integrated
Wi-Fi, software by Chumby and a media card reader for adding even more
content. It's also able to access popular Internet content and services
like Pandora Internet Radio,
SHOUTcast, Photobucket and more than 1,500 apps from Chumby.
The Infocast is available for pre-sale now at $169.99, with a "Coming
Soon" listed for availability.