updated 04:40 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007
iRiver at CES 2007
Korean music player designer iRiver at CES officially revealed the W10, its first jukebox to use Wi-Fi. Rather than use the wireless technology for simple sharing or transfers, the company says its device uses Wi-Fi to locate the owner: a system developed by Skyhook named the Wireless Positioning System uses the geolocation of one or more nearby Wi-Fi access points to find the user's position. The W10 is then able to guide its owner with NAVTEQ maps towards a nearby point of interest such as an ATM system or a restaurant. Using ground-based access points instead of satellites means the system works even indoors or in heavy interference from buildings, Skyhook says.
Beyond its signature wireless feature, the 3-inch touchscreen player stores up to either 4GB or 8GB of MPEG-4 and WMV movies as well as MP3 and WMA songs. Expansion for more memory is handled through a miniSD card slot and an FM tuner is built in for listening to live broadcasts. iRiver ships the W10 in April for an undetermined price.