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Philips release smart display for the wireless home


July 11, 2003

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Due for Australian release this month, Philips DesXcape 150DM Smart Display is designed to bring easy access to the Internet, computing applications and entertainment in every room of a wireless networked home. Weighing only 2.4 kilograms and only 28.5mm deep, the LCD screen can operate as a remote access point to a wireless network or a full-featured LCD monitor when housed in its base station.

The DesXcape 150DM is based on a 15-inch colour LCD touch screen interface and connects through 802.11b wireless networks delivering a range of up to 100 metres from the host PC with no "line-of-sight" requirement. As an independent PC the DesXcape 150DM caters for popular applications like MS Office as well as accessing the Internet through a full-featured browser.

An "Instant-on" feature means the DesXcape 150DM is always ready to operate with or without a host PC and battery time is approximately five hours of continuous operation.

A built-in virtual keyboard, touch pad and sophisticated handwriting recognition system are used for remote data entry and when in its docking station, a USB mouse and keyboard may be connected to base station ports. A wireless keyboard is also included for "anywhere in the house" typing.

The Philips 150DM will be available in Australia from July 2003 and costs AUS$3499 including wireless keyboard and stereo speakers in the base.

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