January 4, 1996 4:30 PM PST
Preview of Net devices expected at CES
On the TV front, Video Technologies, Polaroid, and Zenith will show off a color TV system that lets viewers print instant photos of images onscreen. The device uses Polaroid film in a camera system built into Zenith prototype TV sets. Aimed at videophiles and business users, the prototype set will use picture-in-picture technology to display the photo image. Film for the cameras will sell for about $10 a pack, company officials said.
Also at the show, Apple Computer and its licensee Bandai Corporation are expected to show off early versions of the Pippin Internet-access device. Described by industry analysts as a streamlined system that boasts a Web link, Pippin will be based on a 66-MHz PowerPC 603 RISC microprocessor and will include 6MB of combined system and video memory. The Pippin systems, which are being manufactured by Bandai, are expected to sell for $500 to $700 each.
Oracle will also show off a streamlined Net device, according to industry sources. Oracle chieftain, Larry Ellison, has been a vocal proponent of low-cost Net devices despite widespread naysaying from the PC industry. The company is currently providing its PowerBrowser, which is aimed at enabling online commerce.