There is a new tablet out there called Loop, a product that was unveiled back at CES 2016 and now it’s finally up for order. The device serves as a video communication device, and family media player, voice-and-gesture-controlled smart screen, and video-sharing hub. It’s targeted as a kitchen screen or as a second screen in the living room.
Loop has a retro, 1950s-inspired design that makes it feel like it would fit in an old-style kitchen. And this new device seems a lot more like an appliance than anything else. The company says that it re-imagines ‘how we connect and enjoy videos, photos, or online content, together.’
The device is a communications-focused screen designed to be portable and usable around the home. It has a couple of smart tricks up its sleeve, including far powerful speakers than you’d typically find on a tablet, gesture and voice control to facilitate hands-free control and easy streaming from GoPro and YouTube. You can change screens even if your hands are too dirty to touch the device. The easy-to-clean control-dial on the side makes it very easy to skip forward and back in the content, so it remains easy to browse content. Smart stuff.
The tablet pairs with phones over Wi-Fi through a companion iOS / Android app, so You can send photos to their Loop and convert it into a digital picture frame. If they really get sick of seeing those photos, they can then use physical dials on the side to flip “channels” or navigate to pre-programed sites, like YouTube, Flickr, or Facebook.
Loop is available for the purchase now, and its first batch is on sale for a limited time — starting at $200 for a single unit, and $180 each for two units, and $150 each for a set of three or more units. Loop will ship in both the United States and internationally, with the first delivery starting by the holidays.