Logitech has unveiled the Logitech Revue – the first product compatible with the Google TV service which will offer TV, applications and the web via a set-top box.
After the UK launch of Apple TV yesterday, Logitech has now announced the first Google TV set-top box in the US. Although the Google TV service isn’t due to launch in the UK until early 2011, the Logitech Revue will be available to buy in the US from the end of October.
The $300 Logitech Revue is a significantly larger set-top box than the Apple TV box, but does offer more connection options. As on the Apple TV, there’s an HDMI socket for connecting to a TV or monitor, an optical audio (S/PDIF) output, an Ethernet socket and wi-fi connectivity. There are also two USB 2.0 ports.
Included with the Logitech Revue is a large Qwerty keyboard with an integrated trackpad on the right hand side.
There’s also the option of using a $130 mini controller which has a palm-sized keyboard and touchpad and can also be used as a remote for controlling a home entertainment system.
Logitech video calling
Another accessory for the Logitech Revue is the Logitech TV Cam which connects via one of the USB ports and allows video calling via the Google TV service. The service is claimed to work across platforms so that video calling will be possible to anyone with a webcam connected to a PC or Mac, as long they are running the Logitech Vid HD software.
The Google TV apps that were on show at the launch of the Logitech Revue included YouTube, Netflix, Napster, Twitter, Pandora, NBA, CNBC and DISH, although the range is likely to have grown and include UK-specific apps by the time Google TV arrives in the UK.
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