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An in-wall display and storage cabinet for personal electronics, called iCove, is available from WireTracks.
The unit is said to work with almost any personal electronics product that has a docking station and fits within the cabinet. These include Apple iPods, MP3 players, portable satellite radio receivers, mobile phones, PDAs, smartphones, two-way radios and other specialty devices.
Due to relatively short life-spans of cellular phones and iPods, with the iCove, upgrading and changing products is said to be easy.
The iCove features the Cachebox, a drop-in junction box through which all electrical and low-voltage connections are routed and hidden. With this unit, standard off-the-shelf technologies are said to be able to be seamlessly integrated into a home.
The iCove is designed to be customized and comes in standard sizes that enable users to frame it out with custom molding or standard picture frames. With the device users are able to connect an iPod or portable satellite radio to a home theater or whole-house audio system, charge a mobile phone without trying to find a charger, and integrate a PDA into a home office.
Suggested retail for the iCove is expected to be about $200.
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