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Inter@ctive Week: Rocketpod: Home Entertainment Blasts Off

Aug 28, 2000, 14:22 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Want to play MP3 music files on your stereo? Burn your own CDs with music downloaded off the Net? Watch Atom Film shorts on the family TV? David Roth has your number. Roth is chief executive of Rocketpod, a southern California start-up that promises to make Internet entertainment easy and fun. Today, Rocketpod dashed forward to whet the public appetite for its planned line of consumer-centric products it said will Web-enable home entertainment."

"The plan is to launch a stackable entertainment system that includes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub, a digital audio player, a digital videodisc player, a digital camera, a digital camcorder, a universal remote that doubles as a cordless phone with a voice-over-Internet Protocol option, a cell phone and an 11-megabit-per-second wireless connector. Rocketpod products are also designed to work with existing home entertainment devices."

"Rocketpod's first two products, set to ship later this year, will be LaunchPod, the USB hub that powers the entire stack, and MP3Pod, a digital audio player. ... A PC isn't needed to run the array. Rocketpod components use their own operating platform. "The pods will work with Windows and Macintosh [operating systems], and we are planning to support Linux, X-box and PlayStation in the future," Roth said."

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