Swiss designer Yves Behar
teamed with the French cable channel Canal +
to design 'Le Cube
'. It combines a TV receiver box, with some cell phone capabilities, with a bit of computer stuff and internet all mixed in. Le Cube provides video on demand, catch up TV and an advanced program guide that will match your preferences. The black square on the box is an LCD display. Yves Behar was the chief designer
behind the OLPC.
Most TV receiver boxes are non-descript black thingies that sit under your HDTV. This is something else. It's beautifully designed and matches black and white in an interesting manner. From the press release, it kind of combines features that are well known by Tivo, like recording and pausing TV shows while you are watching them. It's going to be available in France on November 4th. It will come with a 320GB HD and will be able to receive satellite channels in HDTV.