updated 01:45 pm EST, Wed November 22, 2006
Canyon VoIP Station
Electronics maker Canyon today revealed the VoIP Station. While resembling Apple's AirPort Extreme base station, the Canyon model is built specifically to negotiate Internet-based calls and uses the same foundations as larger, more elaborate systems intended for offices, the company says. The station plugs into a computer through USB and operates as an omni-directional speakerphone to help families hold conference calls. Private conversations can also be had by connecting a microphone headset. The software is compatible with Skype and also supports instant message clients such as MSN, Canyon says. The VoIP Station currently sells for £40 ($76).