iCE Box Countertop
This computer was designed for use in the kitchen as a simple web browser, and for entertainment, such as the inbuilt CD/DVD drive and a radio plus TV tuner.
Recipes could be stored in the 4mb memory, and also could be catalogued into folders for starters, mains and desserts.
The keyboard is wireless, and both it and the remote control are both waterproof, there is also a stylus for the very accurate touch screen.
The flip screen version of this machine won the award of excellence at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Awards.
The machine has a flat screen monitor attached to the base, on top of the screen is a stylus for the touch screen.
The machine could also be paired with other Beyond products such as bread makers and coffee machines, being also marketed as a control centre for the kitchen.
The icebox is not a full fledged computer as it cannot store or download anything, and this was to become the main problem for the machine, a very high price of £1300 was far more than could be paid for a more powerful and capable computer, even if a normal one at the time would not like the atmosphere of the kitchen.
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