Internet radio is hardly a new concept, but a British invader, the Sensia from PURE, attempts to put a fresh face on the market with a color touchscreen interface and the ability to access social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter directly from the radio.
The $349 Sensia, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, week offers a 5.7-inch, 640-by-480 pixel color touchscreen which runs PURE’s proprietary Lounge Internet radio and media portal. The unit comes with a radio-frequency remote control and includes a Wi-Fi adapter to connect with Internet radio stations as well as a conventional FM tuner. A standard 3.5mm jack connects directly to iPods or other portable music players as well as to and optional ($59.95) iPod dock. Music shared on a PC that’s on the network can be played through the Sensia, which supports the display of album art.
The egg-shaped, rounded radio includes twin speakers with a total of 30 watts of audio power. Options include a rechargeable battery pack ($59.95) which provides up to 10 hours of on-the-go power and an optional Ethernet adapter ($59.95) if you want to directly wire the radio to the Internet.
You can synchronize your music with the PURE Lounge Portal, where you can organize your favorite music into folders. Facebook, Twitter and weather apps are available now and more apps, including news, are on the way, according to the company. The touchscreen interface includes links to time and alarm settings and provides a Wi-Fi signal strength indicator.
PURE is a division of Imagination Technologies, based in Kings Langley, a village north of London.
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