July 11, 2008
Kodak’s Theatre HD Player hooks onto Flickr
Kodak’s Theatre HD Player is a WiFi-enabled black box that connects to your HDTV, displays images and other multimedia content, and links directly to Kodak Galleryand Flickr. Kodak calls the Theatre HD Player, “An interactive device displaying personal content–pictures, video, podcasts, music–and Web-based content on a HDTV, while wirelessly connecting to a household’s private Wi-Fi network.” The device features a gyroscopic remote that allows you to navigate the onscreen menus in a similar fashion as the Wiimote. Due to an alliance with YouTube, you can directly access the site for its videos. RadioTime is onboard for streaming audio. It can display high-resolution still images in a 16:9 aspect ratio and 720p video through it’s HDMI and component video connections.
Kodak says that the “Theatre HD Player lets consumers relive their favorite, and even forgotten, memories in customized slide shows, incorporating their personal music and video collections, Internet Radio, plus online video- and photo-sharing sites. Consumers can also edit and upload images and videos to popular online content sharing sites on their HDTV from the comfort of their living room.”
Kodak Theatre HD Player will be out in September, and will sell for $299.99. The company will continue to add features through firmware upgrades after it’s launched.