Logitech today unveiled Logitech Revue with Google TV, a compact, plug-and-play companion box with its Logitech Keyboard Controller, which controls the Google TV experience and home-entertainment devices. The company’s portfolio of products for Google TV also includes the Logitech TV Cam and Vid HD service for HD video calling. In addition, Logitech is offering the Logitech Mini Controller for Logitech Revue as well as other applications designed for the Google TV platform.
Once set up, you can use the included Logitech Keyboard Controller to navigate and interact with the content available. Pick up the controller, and type in anything you want to find. Watching the big game on live TV and want to know the latest stats on your favorite player? Simply use the dual-view mode to see the stats on the Web while still watching the game.
The Logitech Keyboard Controller includes everything you need to control Google TV and features a familiar keyboard layout. It includes a touch pad with scroll functionality for control in addition to back and home buttons for Web page navigation. The Keyboard Controller uses Logitech Unifying wireless technology.
Logitech also developed the Logitech Mini Controller for use with Google TV – a palm-sized keyboard, touch pad and remote control combo. Despite its compact size, 6-inches by 3.5-inches, the Mini Controller offers full control over the Google TV experience. It has a touch pad that removes the need for a mouse, as well as illuminated keys that change color depending on the mode you’re in: green for navigation, orange for typing and pointing. Like the Logitech Keyboard Controller, the Mini Controller provides buttons to control your TV, A/V receiver and DVR.
The Logitech TV Cam lets you make and receive high-definition video calls on your HDTV. It connects to your Logitech Revue box using USB to deliver the images and audio. The TV Cam also provides a wide-angle lens that will capture your whole living room so your friends and family can relax, talk comfortably and enjoy a natural conversation. You can use the 5x digital zoom to get up close and personal.
For added control possibilities, Logitech will offer two downloadable smartphone apps: the Logitech Harmony for iPhone and the Logitech Harmony for Android. These apps allow you to use your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android device to control your Google TV. Tapping the “Watch Google TV” button lets both apps can turn on your television, cable/satellite box and A/V receiver. The in-app keyboard and touch pad allow users to search for things to watch — online or on TV — as well as navigate websites. You can use gesture control, voice searches and much more. You can use the Harmony apps in place of — or along with — the keyboard-based controller that comes with Logitech Revue with Google TV.
Available for pre-order today, Logitech’s line of products for Google TV are expected to be available online and in Best Buy stores across the U.S. by the end of October.
The Logitech Revue with Google TV suggested retail price is US$299.99. The Logitech Mini Controller suggested retail price is $129.99. And the Logitech TV Cam suggested retail price is $149.99.
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MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs is laughing his ass off right about now. This thing is far, far too complicated for 99% of the market and the prices are insane – in a bad way. It has a keyboard, an effing keyboard! At first, we thought it was all a joke. Then we began to feel sorry for the people at Logitech who wasted their time on this thing. Of course, some percentage of well-heeled geeks will get all excited. Too bad for Google and Logitech there are nowhere near enough of them to matter. Not even remotely close. Seriously, the vast majority of the world can barely switch inputs on their TVs to see the cable box, DVD player, etc. Frankly, we’re a bit stunned at the cluelessness of it all. This thing is DOA.