April 17, 2012 - 11:43 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Sony’s game division plans to launch a new networked video recorder and media storage device by the bizarre name “nasne,” VentureBeat reports.
The new home gadget will be available in Japan on July 19 for 16,980 yen, or $211. The device has a 500-gigabyte hard disk drive and will have both digital terrestrial and satellite broadcasting tuners. It’s the sort of new device that Sony’s new chief executive, Kaz Hirai, wants to launch to prove that the Japanese consumer electronics giant hasn’t lost its mojo. You could probably think of nasne as the ultimate convergence device.
The nasne device will connect to a home network, enabling users to watch and record TV shows through dedicated applications such as “torne” for PlayStation 3 and “Vaio TV with nasne” for Vaio personal computers. users can access content from a PlayStation Vita, Sony tablet, and Sony Xperia smartphone. The nasne will be able to stream live or recorded television programs simultaneously onto two of these supported Sony products. That allows multiple people to view the same content within the same home network.
According to VB, Nasne will also link to a television web guide service for the PC and smartphones from So-net Entertainment. Users can use that guide to schedule recordings of TV programs on the go from their PS Vita, PC, tablets, and smartphones.
Nasne also functions as a storage device for media such as movies, photos and music. Any DLNA-compatible device on the home network can access that content.
PS 3 users will be able to watch and record content through a LAN cable by installing an app that comes with nasne. PS Vita users will be able to watch and record shows through an app by accessing the home network via a Wi-Fi connection. Vaio PC users can also access nasne content through LAN or Wi-Fi connections. TV shows on nasne can be copied to Blu-ray discs and DVDs, or transferred to a Vaio PC. The black nasne device measures 43 millimeters in width, 189 millimeters in length, and 136 millimeters in height. It weighs 460 grams.