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July 31, 2003

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The iCEBOX FlipScreen is an LCD touch screen interface designed specifically for use in the kitchen as part of a networked home. A washable, wireless keyboard and remote are included in the package that provides television and DVD viewing, CD Player, Internet access, FM Radio and video monitoring of the home.

The iCEBOX is the first release in the "Beyond" product initiative from Salton that will eventually include a wide range of networked appliances, from microwave ovens and coffee makers to health and medical devices for the home.

Although at first the kitchen seems like a strange place for an entertainment network centre, the reality is that in most homes the kitchen is the hub of physical activity, so it makes sense to position a space-efficient central access point there.

The iCEBOX browser enables the user to log on to the Beyond Network and program kitchen appliances like the Beyond Bread Maker, or control the entertainment, security and lighting settings throughout the house.

The touch screen LCD monitor mounts underneath a standard kitchen cabinet folds out of the way when not in use. We particularly like the washable wireless keyboard - shown being rinsed underneath a tap - which is likely to come in for some rough treatment in a busy kitchen environment.

For further information visit www.saltoninc.com

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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