Logitech Revue is a companion box and controller that brings the experience of Google TV to your TV screen. It combines everything on the Web, cable or satellite content, apps, video calling and more that will be wildly popular between 2010 and 2030, until we reinvent interaction again.
Logitech Revue is a set-top box that’s supposed to bring the Google TV experience to your existing home entertainment center, scheduled to ship this fall.
Logitech Revue will deliver Google TV to the 60 million HDTVs already in U.S. living rooms today. Logitech Revue is a system that includes a companion box – an external device that connects to your TV through an HDMI port – and an intuitive controller that’s been designed to take full advantage of everything the Google TV platform offers. The controller is specifically designed to optimize the Google TV experience – combining a compact keyboard, remote control and touchpad.
You get seamless search and access to content anywhere on the Web, from your satellite or cable provider, even some compatible DVRs. Logitech Revue has Logitech Harmony technology built in – so you can have integration with your home-entertainment system. The companion box will have a variety of options available including video calling and a variety of controllers.
The companion box also has Logitech Harmony Link IR signal translator inside the box, which enables smartphone apps to control the companion box. The Logitech Harmony smartphone app sends signals to the internal Harmony Link which in turn communicates with your entertainment devices.
Harmony Link is a combination of hardware and software, currently built into every Harmony remote, which translates commands (such as a Volume Up button press) into infrared (IR) signals that can control many entertainment devices.
The Logitech Harmony smartphone app will be of two versions at launch: one for Android smartphones and one for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The iPhone app will run on iPad devices as well; a version of the app optimized for the larger iPad screen is planned for a later software update.
You must have the companion box from Logitech for the app to actually control your home entertainment devices.
What is Google TV?
Google TV is television the way it should be. It puts all the things you want to watch – from the hundreds of paid TV channels available today to the limitless number of Web and streaming videos – right at your fingertips. And unlike past incarnations of Web TV, Google TV combines the entire Web and all available TV content in one place, with one interface – eliminating the need to toggle back and forth between multiple screens.
Logitech will also offer a collection of additional products for Google TV, including an HDTV camera and video calling software.