>> Monday, June 18, 2007
You won't come across a special CD-i collection often like I did last weekend. CD-i forum member "List" hinted at the Videopac Forum where I found out about Steelballs & Jansen, a website about the Philips Videopac and Odyssey now including a CD-i section. How cool, because I've just discovered some very special CD-i items there, which I can't let unnoticed. Have a look below as Interactive Dreams ofcourse saves everything for our CD-i archive including promotional material about CD-i! "Having completed my European videopac collection, I was left wondering what to focus on next. I am constantly busy with most of the systems I collect, but normally I go through periods of putting more energy into a particular system. Why the cd-i? Well I had a reasonable collection of cd-i goodies and the system always interested me due the fact that it wasn't purely a games console. I know that the majority of people find the cd-i far from a games console, and as far as the majority of titles go, I would have to agree, but as far as the hardware goes there is enough variety for me to justify collecting it. This coupled with the fact that my new neighbour used to work for Philips and kindly donated some very welcome items to my collection."
I wanted to save this information for a little later, but now the link is available more CD-i fans will find it anyway. All credits to steelballs and check out his website for more stuff! The top right image is about some official CD-i paperclips, stored in a plastic holder with the same logo as from a CD-i demonstration disc "You can do it all with Philips CD-i". Click on each picture to view the image in high resolution.
Here you see a picture of the official carrying case of the portable Philips CD-i 350 player. A protective hardcase, perfectly made to fit the CD-i portable. Not as small as the Sony IVO-V11 CD-i, still a very nice piece of hardware.
The professional CD-i 180/181 stack we've seen before, but I was particularly interested in the CD-interactive cap on top. I've never seen it before, and I would love to have it! It reminds me of "Thunder in Paradise", here you see the cast playing on CD-i and Chris Lemmon wears an official Philips POV cap. I've always wanted that cap ;) So here's the second CD-i cap I know of.
This is something special, and you'll see more of it soon. I was surprised to find this picture on the internet, but it doesn't matter anyway, it's a beautiful official CD-i controller, prototyped and unreleased. More soon.
Pretty rare, this is the official Philips television with a built-in CD-i player. I've told you before about the B&O CD-i version, which is based on the same technique. Philips tried to integrate CD-i in more like this, for example the official stereo hi-fi set including a CD-i player. Unfortunately you don't see this player a lot. regarding the limited lifetime of the CRT screen, once the screen is dead, the CD-i player is dead too.
Lucky Steelballs owns two CD-i televisions, and here he's demonstrating both The 7th Guest and Dragon's lair. Unfortunately the lighting is bad, but the screens are beautiful.
Videostores and warehouses often had a CD-i demonstration kit including a touchscreen. Our local hospital also had this Videotronic system offering a preview of the Philips Media Medical Encyclopedia (dutch) on CD-i. This is a unique set of a CD-i 470 player built-in a television with touchscreen ability. Rare, yes! As far as I know, the Videotronic CD-i kit was never sold for the consumer market, and meant purely for demonstration and professional areas.
Last but not least, this is the official CD-i wooden train model I've heard about from CD-i member Erronous before and I remember I've seen this before, probably the pictures got lost in the enormous archive. I'm glad Steelballs posted this picture so it's safe for the future ;)
More & Credits: the CD-i section of Steelballs & Jansen