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All posts tagged "remote control"


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Amulet Devices Release Voice Activated Remote Control

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2010/09...s-media-center/

"Voice control of Windows Media Center isn't anything new, however, a fairly new company is getting in the game with a novel voice activated remote called the Amulet Remote (it's actually their 2nd generation product - see 1st gen. here), which is expected retail for $249. The remote looks just about like every other Windows Media Center remote on the market, but this one has a built-in microphone that lights up when held vertically to take commands. To get it working all you need to do is insert its companion USB dongle to your HTPC and install Amulet Devices' setup software that will catalog your photo slideshows, music, movies/videos, and TV recordings. Once everything is in place you can access content, record programming, jump within video timelines, skip ads, and more just by using your voice. (UPDATED) The catch, however, is you'll have to navigate your content through Amulet Devices' Media Center app to gain the full benefit of the product, though it does work with the native Media Center UI. If this sounds like something you'd like to add to your home theater setup, Missing Remote has a comprehensive review of the remote that you may want to check out before you buy. A video clip of the Amulet Remote in action is attached below."

I'm not a big fan of voice activation in anything, mainly because for some reason it never seem to be able to recognise what I am saying. I assume it's my accent that causes the problem, but I usually end up manually doing whatever I am asking for myself. I'm sure this will work for some people though, and I'm sure it will work well, but will putting the remote horizontal and saying 'Play!' be any quicker than actually pressing the play button?


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Consumer Electronics Babble To Each Other

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://hd.engadget.com/2010/06/30/h...and-ip-control/

"The problem is the devices just aren't designed to work together, but that isn't because the industry hasn't tried. All the political reasons aside the technology to let your cable box carry on a two way conversation with your TV and other equipment does exist. So we're going to explain what's out there. If you've ever wondered how you can gain more control over your gear using everything from an IR blaster to sending TCP commands via IP, then read on."

You would think that with the wealth of technology available to us, manufacturers would find a way to make all our gadgets talk to each other over a common medium. Unfortunately, that is not the case. TVs do not talk to Blu-ray players and PlayStations ignore amplifiers. There are quite a few ways that these devices can communicate and Engadget walks through the gauntlet of options. Sadly, with all these options, it is very unlikely you can find one control system to handle it all. It is almost enough to make me go for one of those All-In-One teleivsion sets that does most of what I want. Almost.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Keeping Connected to Everything at Home

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5497960/top-1...streaming-tools

"Streaming recorded TV to your hotel room. Grabbing files off your home computer from work. Checking on the dog walker. Your computer can do amazing things while you're nowhere near it, and these 10 killer remote access apps help you do them."

So not everything can exist in the cloud right now, and a lot of people still have a considerable amount of their digital life tucked away on their home. Just because you are not at home, or not right in from of the computer that stores what you need, does not mean that you cannot get access to it. There are a wide variety of tools that provide services like remote access, VPN and streaming. Of particular interest should be the Wake-on-LAN option that is available for most current generation computers. In the world of saving power and arguably faster boot times, you may not need to have your computer(s) on all the time. However, with Wake-on-LAN, you can rouse them from their slumber to do tasks only when needed. You might be surprised just how much power than can save over the course of a year. Now if only LCD monitors could get there. Yes, I know they're improving, but many still use way too much power for what they need when in stand-by mode.


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