It won't slice or dice, brew your coffee, or fetch your slippers, but the Insignia Infocast's ability to put news, music, photos, calendars, and social networks at your fingertips makes it a worthy addition to today's digitally-enabled home.
The Infocast weaves Web apps, digital photos, and streaming audio and video into an affordable, tablet-style superscreen.
Insignia officially announces its Infocast touch-screen Internet viewer, based around the Chumby Network of open-source widgets. The device competes directly with the Sony Dash.
Take a closer look at the Insignia Infocast, a touch-screen media viewer based around the Chumby widget platform.
CNET's Donald Bell reviews the Insignia Infocast, an Internet-connected touch-screen microcomputer running a scaled-up version of the Chumby apps platform. The screen measures 8 inches diagonally and the price is hard to beat at $169.
The Ambient Umbrella, which automatically receives weather data from Accuweather.com via Ambient's Infocast Network, has made some appearances on blogs--but it's now an official product with an official price tag of $125.