Fri, Oct 08, 2010 - Page 10 News List

Logitech unveils Google TV boxes


Kevin Simon, director of product marketing in the digital home group at Logitech, -presents the keyboard controller during the launch of “Revue,” Logitech’s set-top box for the forthcoming Google TV platform, in New York on Wednesday.


Logitech on Wednesday unveiled the first “Google TV” boxes touted as merging online content and traditional television offerings.

Logitech Revue boxes were priced at US$300 each and will be available in the US by the end of this month, according to the Swiss company specializing in keyboards, Web cams and other peripherals for computers.

“With our line of products for Google TV, Logitech will help redefine the user experience in the digital living room,” Logitech chief executive Gerald Quindlen said.

At a press event in San Francisco, Logitech demonstrated the boxes along with a palm-sized Mini Controller priced at US$130 and a TV camera accessory for video conferencing with a pricetag of US$150.

A keyboard that will be bundled with Revue boxes will be sold separately for US$100, Logitech said.

“Google TV combines the power of search, a full Web browser and Android apps with the TV experience you know and love,” said Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management for Google. “We’re proud to be working with Logitech to launch the very first set of Google TV devices, helping you and me easily access great Web and TV content, all on the same HD [high definition] screen.”

Google said on Monday that Amazon, the NBA, Netflix, the New York Times, NBC Universal, USA Today and others would provide content and applications for Google TV. Google TV, which the Internet search giant unveiled in May at a software developers conference in San Francisco, is to be available this month.

Developed in partnership with Sony, Logitech and Intel, Google TV allows users to mesh television viewing with surfing the Web.

Google launched a Web site,, that provides an explanation of how Google TV works and gives information about how to purchase an Internet--enabled TV from Sony or a set-top box from Logitech.

Google TV, which is powered by Google’s Android software and Chrome Web browser, can be accessed using the Sony TVs or -set-top boxes from Logitech that route Web content to existing TV sets.

Logitech boxes feature computer keyboards that act as Google TV remote controls. On-screen home pages let people search television programming as they do the Internet.

This story has been viewed 1987 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top