With a backlog of CES content to post, I thought I’d start with some new details and exclusive pics of the Motorola-created au Box launched by Japan’s KDDI last November. The idea behind the KDDI au service is to make content transferable between au set-tops and au mobile phones. The last information I had suggested that the only transferable video allowed would be non-DRM, but now I hear you can buy select video titles from the au Internet portal on the set-top and move them to one of seven au phones available. Given the apparent prevalence of au phones in Japan, that’s pretty sweet.
See pics below of the au Box connected to a video camera, music player, and mobile phone. There are also some great screenshots of the Japanese guide, including widgety info (IP-based weather, games, shopping, etc.) and even a link to the Japanese version of the show Bones. Who knew David Boreanaz came with Japanese subtitles?
As a reminder, the au Box platform is based on Motorola’s KreaTV open software platform. It includes a CD and DVD player as well as at least two USB ports.