Sony's Dash gets a new lease on life, we stop to wonder why

Remember Sony's Dash? That little pseudo tablet powered by Chumby OS that started making the rounds at last year's CES? No, well we almost forgot about it too. But, just as it was finally fading from memory, Sony hit us with an update to the Internet Viewer. Not much has changed, save a rearrangement of the ports and buttons. It's still got the same pile of widgets and channels, but now sports a (very) basic web browser for those with a bit of a masochistic streak. The ability to register your Dash without having to first hook up to a PC is also a welcome addition. The black-only HID-B7 will ship for $130, while the HID-B70 comes in brown, blue and orange while adding a battery to the mix for $170. Both will hit shelves in October. Check out the gallery below and the full, if brief, PR after the break.

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MEDIA ALERT: Sony Enhances Real-Time Information Delivery with New Dash™ Models


Sony® DASH Information Alarm Clock

Two new models - HID-B7 and HID-B70, featuring:

Enhanced real-time, customizable, information delivery to any room in the home
Portability in HID-B70 model
On-device registration for easy, PC-free set up and activation in minutes
Basic Internet browser

Both new models offer convenient access to news, alarms, weather, Internet radio, photos and more.

For portability, the HID-B70 Dash model now features a built-in lithium ion battery, so the device can be easily transported from room to room. It is also available in three colors: Brown, slate blue and orange.

Both models feature a seven-inch LCD measured diagonally color touch screen, and utilize a wireless Internet connection to deliver real-time information. With full alarm functionality and access to more than 1,000 free apps, including Facebook™, news, sports, webcams and more, Sony Dash device provides any room with a robust information alarm clock.

Users can also easily play back Internet radio, such as Pandora® and SHOUTcast®, via the built-in speaker or the headphone/audio output. Popular photo sharing services like Flickr®, Photobucket™ and Sony's Personal Space™ application are also quickly accessible.

The HID-B7 Dash model is available in black for $129.95.

The HID-B70 Dash model is available in brown, slate blue and orange for $169.95.

WHEN: Both models will be available in October at, Sony Stores and authorized retail stores nationwide. Pre-orders are available now.