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Sony Dash: One part touch-screen, two parts Internet

May 3, 2010 |  6:00 am

On Thursday, Sony launched the Dash, prompting some to ask: The what?

Designed to stand on a bedside table, a kitchen -- or even a bathroom -- counter, Sony's new $199 device plugs into a home's wireless Internet connection to constantly serve up a variety of personalized digital bits. Users can configure the Dash to display Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, local traffic alerts or about a thousand other Internet "widgets."

Some are calling it a glorified alarm clock. Others say it's a personal Internet device. Sony calls it "glimpse computing."

Still confuddled? Take a look at the video above for a personal tour from Andrew Sivori, Sony's director of digital imaging in San Diego. 

-- Alex Pham

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