I remember a few years back when Philips unveiled the first of its wireless Streamium hi-fi products, Here was an innovative audio system that hooked up to a users’ wireless network and enabled them to stream tracks from their PC to the hi-fi.
In theory it was brilliant. Sadly in practice it was fiddly to set up, not as well specified as it could have been and looked awful. Nevertheless the first home wireless product has arrived.
Several years on and we seemingly can’t get enough of wireless devices. The descendant of that Philips hi-fi is a genius piece of kit that looks and sounds superb. Then there are games consoles that act as wireless video streamers and cool stuff like Griffin Technology’s wireless iPod speakers.
So wouldn’t it be great if all home products could be integrated into a wireless network? Well that’s the aim of Sony, whose CEO Howard Stringer today announced that 90% of the company’s home products would be wireless by 2010. Read the rest of this entry »