updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed August 30, 2006
Sharper Image Phone Center
Multifunction stereos with iPod-friendly connections are increasingly familiar, though their functionality rarely extends beyond entertainment. A new unit from Sharper Image fulfills considerably more demanding tasks: the NW402 includes the expected iPod dock that both charges and plays iPods through the integrated stereo speakers, but also provides a 2.4GHz cordless phone unit that uses the stereo as its base. Moreover, an AM/FM radio and alarm clock are part of the design and let users program the alarm to trigger either the iPod or the radio at a preset time. It ships today for $250 through the Sharper Image website.