First Google TV box unveiled, integration all around

Google's new toy that they have been hard at work on, Google TV, finally has had it's first set top box revealed to the public.

Google TV is more than simply a video and TV manager, as it adds in the ability to search for videos and integrate the internet and television into one hub for just about anything you can think of doing on the internet, and Logitech has been the first to show off a a set top box for Google TV.

Logitech Revue is the name of the device which turns your television set into an "almost-computer." The set top box itself will retail for $299, or $179 if you have Dish Network, Engadget reports. Accessories that come with the set top box include a keyboard with integrated touch and directional pad, an IR blaster, and HDMI cable, as well as batteries. Also available are accessories for the Revue.

A free Logitech Harmony App for Android and iOS, webcam, and special diNovo Mini controller keyboard. The Logitech TV Cam uses the same autofocus lens, Carl Zeiss, as in their top-of-the-line webcams, and dual microphones. Logitech also produces an application for Google TV called "Logitech Vid HD" which will allow users to go video chat with other users of the set top box or computers running the desktop version of the software. 

Adding to the integration with Android, iOS, and even the desktop market, Logitech mentioned that Google and Hulu are in talks to bring the service to Google TV. YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Napster, Chrome with Flash 10.1, and other applications are also included in Google TV, which is based on Android 2.1 -- so yep, you guessed it -- there will soon be a marketplace coming to the platform. For developers, Logitech also mentioned there will be an Android SDK from Google, but they also said "unless there's a specific mobile-focused feature in an app, it'll just run on Google TV."

Logitech Revue retails for $299, unless you have Dish Network then it is only $179, and you can pre-order the device at Amazon, Logitech, or Best Buy starting today.

Image source: engadget.com

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