Widget Station is definitely for the widget addict. I have been known to use Yahoo! Widgets and other programs to keep my addiction at bay–but now they have drawn attention to a new product at CES 2007 and this desk clock was recognized as Innovations Honoree this year. Let me tell you a little about the features.
The Widget Station is a desk clock first but the additional features are what makes it innovative. A widget is a small, user-friendly application that you can run that will give you snippets of information. Things like local weather, RSS feeds and more than you can imagine, are available as widgets.
What I really like about the Widget Station is that you, as a user, can create your own widgets and share them with other users. Why limit yourself to only what the creator of the desk clock has when you can find other widget opportunities that other create out of convenience? I feel the users of a product are the ones that know more about what they want and this gives them the chance to increase the usefulness.
Similar to the PC widget applications on the Internet, the Widget Station users can browse and download new widgets via the Widget Engine (provided by Emtrace Technologies, Inc.).
The site describes this product connectivity as follows:
“WidgetStation is a standalone device, with services available via Wi-Fi or Ethernet Internet access, without being connected to a computer. Alternatively, users may choose to interface their WidgetStation with a computer via USB connection.”
On the left side is the mono LCD display and the right side features a color LCD so your creativity can be endless in creating widgets or enjoying those others create. Currently the site features four mono LCD options and eight color LCD choices.
The desk clock also features an infrared remote, an option for either 802.11b/g for wireless connectivity, a stereo ear jack and speaker, MP3 sound, a dual 2.5″ display, ARM 9 CPU and the OS is Linux Kernel 2.6X.
The price of the Widget Station has not been set yet but they promise to release that very soon. They expect to launch the first half of next year so this one’s not out just yet but I will definitely be looking for it when it’s released. Featured on CNN, VG TV and engadget, this product will be HOT.