By Andrew Liszewski
Pandigital primarily makes digital photo frames, so it’s not surprising to see the company doing all it can to get you to buy one for everyone room in your house. Their latest effort is the Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame which could probably have been shortened into a more marketing-friendly name. It’s a 1280×720 15-inch LCD display that includes ATSC & NTSC tuners as well as s-video, component and HDMI inputs allowing it to be used as a TV. But it also comes pre-loaded with a large collection of recipes that are stored in its 512MB of internal memory. More recipes can be added by the user, though I have no idea what format they’re in. Not surprisingly it also serves as a digital photo frame and has an integrated 6-in-1 card reader supporting SD, XD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, CF and MMC cards.
Because it’s designed to be used in the kitchen, the display is sealed in glass protecting it from splattered ingredients and making it particularly easy to clean. It includes a remote control that can be safely tucked away when the food starts flying and has a touch screen interface that can be used even when your fingers are dirty.
It should be available sometime in June with an MSRP of $399.99.