TV of the Future? The Uppleva from Ikea
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Those of us who live in a tangle of electric cords and cables (self included) will be happy to hear about Ikea's foray into the consumer electronics world; a new entertainment center called the Uppleva. The Uppleva is an all-in-one entertainment center that merges an HDTV, Blu-ray player, and sound system with wireless speakers, with all components housed in a single, customizable unit—controlled by a single remote. "This product is all about design," according to John Paul Titlow of ReadWriteWeb . "Ikea's early marketing touts the Uppleva's ability to hide unsightly wires and encase everything in one clean, sleek-looking package. It's not unlike a certain Cupertino tech giant that often takes its cues from minimalist, European design." Sign us up: learn more at ReadWriteWeb . N.B. The Uppleva is currently available in Europe; in the US, it will be available in April 2013; prices will start at about $950. Above: As usual, Ikea creates an appealing backdrop for the product in question—the Uppleva—complete with verdant plants and artifacts from another age (feather duster?). Shown above is the 24-inch size screen (the unit is available in four sizes; the largest is 46 inches). Above: The Uppleva offers the hope that even Luddites will be able to operate the home entertainment system; ease of use is Ikea's goal. Above: Another stylish installation of the Uppleva; an ornithologists lodgings, perhaps? N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 24, 2012.