New York - Looking to merge the worlds of digital photography and high definition television, Roku, a new company started by ReplayTV founder Anthony Wood, announced its first product today, a digital media player that connects to HD television sets.
The Roku HD1000 has slots for the various flash memory formats (including CompactFlash, SD/MMC, Memory Stick and SmartMedia) to display digital still images and MPEG video on an HD set. While the HD1000 is optimized for high definition sets, the unit will also work with analog televisions.
The Roku HD1000 includes component, VGA, S-video and composite video out, for use with standard as well as high-definition TVs. Other connectors include component in, S-video in, composite in, RS-232, audio in and out, and digital audio out.
The HD1000 can also connect to home networks via Ethernet or 802.11b to output digital media files, including images, video and music, stored on home computers to HD televisions.
According to Wood, the media player is aimed at more than just photos. The company created an open architecture operating system so that developers would have a chance to innovate new uses for the HD1000 and HD sets and home media.
One application ready to be sold alongside the HD1000 is LiveArt, a collection of still and motion art stored on a CompactFlash card. The LiveArt memory card displays high resolution images and motion video of classic art, nature scenes, and works of professional photography on a users TV. There will be four LiveArt packs shipping this month for a suggested retail price of $69.99 each.
The HD1000 will be available this month for a suggested retail price of $499.