When we arrived at the ITExpo the first thing we saw when we got to the exhibit hall was a “sip end unit” which is typically the controlling phone in a business phone system. What we noticed about this particular sip end unit by Panasonic was some very familiar looking screen icons and buttons. In fact the contact button is the exact same as the contact button on any Android 2.2 powered device.
Now Panasonic is careful not to say “Android” as this device does not have access to the Android Market, or Google Apps and it’s not a “mobile device”. However, as any Android enthusiast could see it’s definitely running Android.
Android apps that can run on Android 2.2 or better can be side-loaded onto the KX-UT670 via USB or SD Card.
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The KX-UT670 is an awesome feature packed sip unit. Not only is it running Android, which will allow developers to develop apps specifically for the device, but it can also control up to 16 ip cameras.
The phone can control, tilt, zoom, pivot, focus and more on any of up to 16 cameras. The user can also take still shots, MMS message or email them through the phone system. Through customized controls the user can even use the camera function alongside the KX-UT670 to control door entry.
One of the applications that Panasonic told us about was in the hotel (hospitality) industry. There are units deployed at some hotels that are designed for the hotel customers to use. When a hotel guest arrives they can use the KX-UT670 as a concierge, browse restaurants and shopping through the Android tablet portion of the device and then with a push of a button, make a call for a reservation, to check hours or order food to go. This functions the same way it does on your Android phone.
The best part of the entire device is that it’s priced under $500 and can support any sip system as the end point.