Sony has announced the launch of its first WiFi broadband communication and entertainment device. The new mylo personal communicator is capable of operating in any open 802.11b wireless network. The name mylo stands for "my life online" and the communicator lets users instant message, browse the internet, listen to music, send emails, and view photos concurrently.
It features a 2.4-inch color LCD (measured diagonally) with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The device, available in black or white, comes embedded with instant messaging services, including: the Google Talk instant messaging service, Skype, and Yahoo! Messenger. These services are free and the product does not require initial computer setup or a monthly service contract. The product includes JiWire's hotspot directory listing more than 20,000 WiFi networks in the United States. The mylo personal communicator can scan for available wireless networks right away. The "What's Up" screen serves as the hub, storing up to 90 of a user's friends' avatars to see who's online. Users can store up to nine online identities per person, which allows them to first choose who they want to chat with then initiate conversations using their preferred application.
The embedded HTML browser lets users connect to full web pages on the internet. They can also send and receive text emails with web mail services like Yahoo! Mail and the Gmail web mail service. The communicator comes with Skype software built into it, allowing registered Skype users to make free Internet calls. For a limited time, Skype is offering free SkypeOut calls from United States and Canada to most phone numbers in the United States or Canada. mylo supports the playback of MP3, ATRAC, or WMA (secure and unsecure) files. The mylo communicator has a built-in speaker for listening to music so users can share their music with those around them. Users can also view MPEG-4 personal videos by transferring files via USB cable or with Memory Stick Duo media. They can also store JPEG pictures from the internet or a digital camera. The mylo personal communicator will be available in September for about $350 online at the website.