Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/20/hannspree_times_square/

Is Hannspree winding us up with watch TV?

A telly that changes with the weather

By James Sherwood

Posted in Hardware, 20th August 2007 14:35 GMT

Hanspree has launched its latest souped up TV - at least we think it’s a TV. The screen incorporates several unconventional gadgets that can only be a distraction from whatever is being displayed on its 12.1in LCD screen.

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The HANNStime.square

The HANNStime.square's LCD display has two retractable ‘arms’ on either side, one of which is a sports watch with Swiss-made movements and the other of which is a thermometer come hydrometer, for tracking temperature and humidity while you watch the box. Cunningly, the arms also have 2W speakers embedded behind each measurement gizmo.

The display has a maximum resolution of 800 x 600 SVGA and brightness of 450cd/m2, with a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a casing colour option of, oh, just grey. It also has several interfaces, including one VGA and one headphone jack.

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The arms open to reveal speakers

The connection with Time Square isn’t immediately visible. OK, it's square, and tells the time, but it hasn't got a giant neon Budweiser advert. Whatever, the display is available now for around £400 (€458).