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CES 2010: Sony Shows $200 'Dash' Internet Viewer

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Originally this article was going to be about a funky, 7in tablet called the Sony Dash. As it turns out, however, the newly announced Sony Dash is in fact a slightly more mundane, alarm clock/photo frame-like affair that's totally reliant on a wall socket. Still, prospective hopes dashed (the answer is yes), the Dash does have some things going for it even if the proposed $200 asking price will put people off.

A 7in colour touchscreen is at the centre of proceedings, housed within a wedge-shaped chassis that's designed to either sit vertically or lie flat. It is, quite evidently, rather like a photo frame and could be used as such, but the use of the Chumby OS – Chumby being a platform for dedicated Internet apps – means access to over a thousand services (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter etc.) via the device's Wi-Fi connection without recourse to a slow to boot, cumbersome laptop.

Internet radio is also in the equation, necessitating the presence of a headphone/audio output. There's also a USB port.

The Dash is expected to go on sale in April.

Link: Sony CES Press Website

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