CES 2009: OpenPeak Makes Smart-Home-Phone

Stuffs Intel Atom CPU into fixed line handset!

In the battle of mobile phone verses home phone it is clear the student has now easily surpassed the master but the old dog is not dead yet…

Made by OpenPeak, the ‘Home Media Phone’ range consists of both corded and cordless models and takes the highly unusual step of building into both an Intel Atom processor!

While many would see this as overkill (possibly including me) it does revolutionise the capabilities of both devices and to capitalise each is fitted with a large touchscreen with iPhone-esque icon driven home screens. Functionality is also impressive with an RSS reader, local information and weather guide, digital photo frame functionality, web radio and even the ability to remotely control home devices. I’m just scratching the surface too as the pair run an open platform which will offer up an SDK to allow developers to create a limitless array of third party apps.

Naturally both are VoIP compatible as well, connecting to the web via either Ethernet or WiFi and I have to admit – while we first got wind of these models in the latter half of last year – having the chance to finally use them I found their Flash based UIs responsive and the menus well thought out and intuitive. Bottom line: they were a pleasure to use.

As for real world availability however that’s still a quarter or two away with the models likely to ship in the US first though OpenPeak did admit to me it is currently in negotiations with British Telecom in the UK. So if you’ve been searching for the ultimate gadget home phone look no further!

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