Feeds
65%
Asus Eee AiGuru SV-1

Asus Eee Linux-based Skype Videophone

Chat with your chums, change the source code

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Receiving calls was easy enough and there are several ringtone choices. However, if Skype is also running on a computer and is answered from that, the AiGuru SV-1 continues to ring regardless. If a Skype user types messages to you, they aren't received or acknowledged on the unit, and the call History may be an issue for some, as this can't be cleared in any obvious way – a device reset is required. And if you’re inclined to make conference calls, you can appear as a guest.

Asus Eee AiGuru SV-1

Fun to use

While the Asus AiGuru SV-1 is very much aimed at the consumer market, it really misses a few tricks considering how much potential is inside that box. The Snapshot feature will only add an image to your Skype profile, nothing else. With a screen the same size as those used on digital picture frames, why isn’t it possible to grab images and use this device to show photos when it’s dormant?

The USB port could take care of additional storage, and you’d think video playback would be possible too. With the Wi-Fi, this device could even become an internet radio or Asus could’ve added something simple like a calendar with reminders that it’s time to di…al.

But the good news is that Linux foundation and the provision of source code. How long before enterprising hackers use the listings to build in these kinds of features?

Verdict

Was the AiGuru SV-1 rushed to market in fear that the world will run out of money soon? Possibly. Given all the things it could be, and may yet become, the £220 Asus Skype phone appears pricey in its current guise. Yet it’s fun to use, and probably wouldn’t look too out of place in The Snake Pit Bar with Taffy Lewis on the line. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

65%
Asus Eee AiGuru SV-1

Asus Eee Linux-based Skype Videophone

Fun to use but unrefined. A missed opportunity to be something really special.
Price: £220 RRP

More from The Register

next story
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA
Just 100 Beijing fanbois queue to pick up new mobe
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.