Coby Shows Off Internet Radios, Wi-Fi Frames and Netbooks
Coby is now taking a big leap into the world of network-connected products with a couple of Internet Radios, Wi-Fi-enabled digital picture frames and a line of netbook PCs.
At their 2009 CES booth they showed two Internet radios, the IR850 and IR825. Both connect to your home network via Wi-Fi to retrieve thousands of Internet radio stations. They also play FM and include alarm clock features, The 825 will come out at around $79 while the 850 should ship for around $129 and includes more powerful speakers. A model with an iPod doc will likely follow. Compatibility with services like Slacker and Pandora was also suggested.
Digital picture frames have been a big business for Coby this year as a recent NPD report put them at number 1 in the category from November 07 to 08. Most of that business, said senior national marketing manager Mike Farish, came from keychain picture frames.