The Wave Home is primarily a touch-screen video VoiP phone, but with a web browser and Chumby-like widgets built-in. It also looks like it was designed for a German modernist millionaire's night stand.
It stands arched in white plastic, with a 7" LCD touch screen looking out at you; a wireless handset tucked into the back is for when you don't want to use the video speakerphone.
Video quality looks good for the camera, and the UI is almost as beautifully done as the iRiver says it will run under $400, and availability is pending negotiations with VoiP carriers—they want to bundle it with service, because right now, it doesn't run Skype or any similar services. Bringing such a unique device into a big VoIP partnership might pose some problems, but we hope not, because this thing is beautiful.
iRiver also brought out a similarly Braun-inspired D50N, a wi-fi "communicator" with a full Qwerty keyboard for IM, browser, and translation dictionaries:
And the P7, a Spinn-inspired PMP with a 4.3-inch WQVGA (480 x 272) touchscreen that comes in 8/16GB sizes with a microSD expansion slot:
Both of these models were in a mix of Korean and English, so it was hard to get the full flavor, but the screen on the P7 looks great for video and its nice, magazine-layout-like UI, which is navigable via touch and a Spinn-like analog scroll wheel.
All are taking major cues from Dieter Rams, the German design legend who was doing smooth white plastic and hard-edged minimalism before Jonathan Ive was a twinkle in Steve Job's eye. In short, this stuff is beautiful, so we hope pricing and availability solidifies soon.
iriver Brings a Hot New Look and Feel to Networking With the All-Inclusive WAVE-HOME Multimedia Communication Device
Next Generation Networking Base Station and Handset Keep You Connected
and In Control Of Your Home and Office Life
Las Vegas, NV – iriver, a global leader in innovative digital devices, is bringing its award-winning ingenuity to the networking space with the game-changing WAVE-HOME. More than a home networking device, the WAVE-HOME is the ultimate all-in-one solution that provides advanced multimedia, web and phone capabilities – a comprehensive communications hub that keeps you totally connected and in control at home, at the office and in your life. Featuring a sleek and minimal base station and portable handset, the WAVE-HOME manages and integrates all your phone, Internet, home entertainment and lifestyle needs.
iriver’s WAVE-HOME and all of its new networking devices will be on display at the iriver booth (#7935, Central Hall) during the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8-11, 2009.
Kuno Kim, President, iriver, said, "The WAVE-HOME is a milestone introduction for iriver as we expand our product innovation and design into exciting new areas such as life and home networking. Our mission has always been to help consumers easily connect with the things they value most in life. Our new networking devices take this concept to the next level by providing a stylish and powerful way to stay completely connected to every aspect of your home and business life and relationships."
The WAVE-HOME comes with a stylish base station with a 7" color LCD touch screen and is designed to integrate all of your personal digital content such as music, photos, movies, digital photo frame, hand drawing, Internet and phone services. Music, video, and FM radio can all be enjoyed in pristine sound thanks to the WAVE-HOME’s built-in, high-quality stereo speakers.
WAVE-HOME is not just a simple VolP telephone, it’s an internet multimedia communication device that combines a wide variety of activities at home or in the office. It can be used privately or in a broader context, such as creating new business opportunities via broadband internet such as VoIP. When connected to broadband Internet, the WAVE-HOME offers Web surfing, and also supports Internet phone service at home and in the office with VoIP Phone, VoIP Video Phone, SMS/MMS, MMCID/MMRB, live Phonebook sync, and more. Phone calls can be made by using either the internal speaker phone or the wireless handset that also supports a remote controller. WAVE-HOME also features a 1.3M pixel CMOS camera for taking sharp photos that can be instantly presented via the photo viewer.
Another exciting feature is the intelligent Widget that provides instant weather, stock and traffic updates, as well as web and multimedia services that users can enjoy without a computer since the device is connected to broadband internet. The Widget utilizes a graphical user interface (GUI) and displays an individual information window or a text box. The defining characteristic of a Widget is to provide a single interaction point for the direct manipulation of a given kind of data. Therefore, the user can arrange his or her data with several Widget functions such as Widget Connector, Widget Icon, Widget Manager and Widget Gallery. It provides endless options on the 7” color touch screen. Due to its simplified navigation, it creates an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
WAVE-HOME catches the eye with its sleek, minimalist design that enhances any interior and creates style at home while changing the way we communicate.
iriver Shows Off Sleek and Style-Savvy Multimedia Players For ‘09
Trend-Setting PMP, MP3 and MP4 Players on Display at CES 2009
Las Vegas, NV – iriver, a leading innovator of stylish digital devices, shows off its signature style at CES 2009 with a hot new selection of Multimedia Players, including the compact yet powerful P7 NAND flash player with a new intuitive user interface and large 4.3" touch screen. Also on display are the slick new E50 MP4 Player with 52 hours of continuous playback, the E100 Season II, a revamped version of the original E100 Multimedia MP3 Player, and the truly eye-catching Mplayer Eyes MP3 player.
All of iriver’s Multimedia Players will be on display at the company’s booth (#7935, Central Hall) during the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8-11, 2009.
P7 PMP Offers Sleek Design & Smart Performance
Iriver’s sleek new P7 is the perfect on-the-go media companion for any trend-setter. The P7 will be available in 4, 8 and 16GB Nand flash models, making the player slimmer and lighter than HDD-type PMPs, and also more durable. Functions include Video, Music, Photo viewer, FM and Voice Recording. The compact P7 delivers up to 50 hours of audio playback time and full movie CODEC support for enjoying the latest films or videos. The intuitive new user interface and brilliant 4.3” LCD touch screen make the player a snap to use and control, Enhanced features include SRS WOW HD and 7 Preset EQ settings, plus micro SD slot.