Speakerphone thinks it's a Transformer

Yamaha's new VoIP unit has microphones that swing out like arms.

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The most interesting thing about Yamaha's new speakerphone isn't its VoIP technology, which Engadget notes is actually trailing the competition. Nor is it the 1.25-pound size, though that's certainly preferably to the spaceship-sized models that still dominate so many conferece rooms. And its USB connection? What doesn't have a USB connection these days ?

No, what we like most about the PJP-25UR is its Transformer impersonation. In its compact form, the unit appears to be an innocuous triangular box, maybe a USB hub. But look! It has two arm-like microphones that swing out to reveal its true form.

The only problem is its price, which weighs in at more than $500. For that kind of money, they could have at least given it an Optimus Prime paint job .

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