Logitech has finally revealed their Google TV offering in the USA, priced at US$299; the device could be up to $599 a box when released in Australia or over $1,000 if you buy all the accessories that are needed to get a full experience.
Called the Revue the device has a keyboard with integrated touch and directional pad, an HDMI cable, one IR blaster and a couple of AA batteries. If you want any more of the Google TV kit you will have to pay for it. The webcam is US $149, and the Revue-specific version of the diNovo Mini controller will cost you an additional $129.99 a spare keyboard will set you back US$99.
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In Australia these prices could double based on the cost of the Companies Harmony 900 remote which sells in the USA for $292 vs. $599 in Australia.
Also announced is the launch of a free Logitech Harmony App for iPhone and Android. Other accessories revealed include the Logitech TV Cam, with Carl Zeiss autofocus lens and dual microphones as well as a new Media Player app that pulls in video from connected hard drives or DLNA sources.
The Logitech Revue which runs Google TV was first announced at Google’s I/O conference in May. The technology is based on the search Companies Android-based software which delivers televisions access to videos, apps and sites from the Web.
Users can toggle between regular television channels and Internet content, using Google’s Chrome browser to navigate.
“With a huge community of developers creating apps for the upcoming Android Market, there’s no telling what your TV will be able to do,” Logitech claims on their website.
New Camera costs extra
Next week Sony is set to launch a Google TV that comes with its own unique control pad. Described as “the world’s first Internet Television” Sony will not launch the new TV in Australia till mid 2011.