Nov, 13 2009

We’ve talked a LOT about Android operating on devices beyond mobile phones, MIDs and netbooks. You know – places like your kitchen counter, home entertainment center, vehicle – could all have various Android-based devices to serve non-telephonic purposes. It looks as if a company called Innovative Converged Devices (ICD), based out of the UK and Seattle, is looking to be one of the first to offer such a solution. They call it Vega.

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Don’t underestimate the mass-market reach of such a device: when it becomes available for sale in the first half of 2010 they say it will be available through Tier 1 carriers in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. And you won’t have to wait until June to get a glimpse – they’re showing it off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 7th to 10th.

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What the heck will it actually DO? We’re not sure – at first glimpse it doesn’t appear to serve a ton of specific purposes beyond other MIDs like the ARCHOS 5 Android Tablet.  Check out the specs:

  • Android 2.0 Eclair
  • 373mm x 254mm x 16mm
  • 15.6″ Touchscreen
  • NVIDIA Tegra
  • 512 DDR / 512 NAND
  • 1.3 MP Web Cam
  • Micro SD
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wireless 802.11 b/g
  • USB 2.0
  • 2g/3g Data
  • Cellular
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Magnetic Docking
  • Tablet/Dock Charging
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Dual digital microphones

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A few more of the specs were featured in the PowerPoint presentation:

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This is cool and all I suppose, but what I would really like to see is the device integrated with other specific devices in the kitchen or home, offering accessories or 3rd party hardware that is controlled by this “hub”. Whether it be controlling your television, the temperature of your house, the shades/skylight, security system, coffee pot, doggie door, etc… I want to see some REALLY unique innovation – not just an Android MID with a front facing webcam.

We don’t have long to wait! Here is the full press release:

Innovative Converged Devices Unveils Sleek,
Kitchen-Friendly Android Touch Device

ICD Combines Design and Engineering Expertise with
User-Friendly Features While Cutting Average Time to Market

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – November 11, 2009 – Innovative Converged Devices (ICD), a world class design and engineering company in the mobile and computing industry, today unveiled Vega, their first in a future line of Android products of low priced, full featured High Definition entertainment and information devices that feature 3G connectivity, a Tegra processor, full streaming media, and a touch interface. The 7-inch, 11-inch and 15-inch devices are scheduled for distribution through Tier 1 carriers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East in the first half of 2010. ICD will provide full specifications and demo the Vega device at the 2010 International CES Show, which takes place January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton.

With an emphasis on ease-of-use and sleek and attractive design, ICD is focused on melding both engineering excellence and high-end design into no-compromise experiences for consumers and added value for OEMs and ODMs looking to cut custom development time from years to just months.

“Each year the device user experience ante goes up exponentially, leading designers and engineers to look for ways to get new, quality products and features out the door,” said David Hayes, president and CEO of ICD. “ICD’s expertise is in tightly integrating award-winning design and engineering with a deep understanding of what customers want that allows us to cut the time it takes other companies to bring fully realized, no-compromise products to market.”

With offices in the US and UK, Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) brings high-end design and engineering expertise that delivers no-compromise experiences and value for both consumers and partners by shortening the development cycle, a unique process for identifying the right mix of hardware, software and technology and decades of experience in understanding what consumers want. ICD is responsible for award winning products such as the Momento, one of the world’s first wireless picture frames and Velocity Mobile phones.

We’ll let you know when we learn more!

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