Beyond iCEBOX Countertop

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The iCEBOX Countertop computer was designed for use in the kitchen.
Recipes could be stored in the 4MB memory, and also could be catalogued into folders for starters, mains and desserts. It could also provide entertainment, thanks to the built-in CD/DVD drive, radio and TV tuner.

The keyboard is wireless, and both it and the remote control are waterproof. 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 Connected Home products such as the Bread Maker, Microwave Oven, and Coffee Maker, as well as a range of sizes of LCD television. This meant it was marketed as a control centre for the kitchen, thanks to the SANI (Salton Appliance Network Interface) wireless card specifically designed for the Beyond Connected Appliances.

The iCEBOX is not a fully-fledged computer as it cannot store or download anything, and this was to become the main problem for the machine. The high price of £1300 was even 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. 

The flip-down screen version of this machine, the "Flipscreen Entertainment Center" could be mounted to the underside of a cabinet, and won the Award of Excellence at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Awards.

Salton was licensed to make small appliances under the Westinghouse brand name, from 2002-2008, which explains why the Westinghouse name appears on the manual.

Here you can view the official website as of January 2008 via the WayBack Machine:

Manufacturer: Salton
Date: 2003

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