Archive for April, 2011

Samsung demonstrates its Social TV and awesome remote

Samsung Social TV

Samsung presented its new Smart TV application – Social TV which mixes Facebook, Google Talk, and Twitter in one. So, if you’re active user of those social services you may enjoy them directly on your Samsung TV. Of course, the QWERTY remote control will help you with navigation and typing text. It supports both – RF (for keyboard) and IR (for remote control layout) technologies. This is a really clever solution in my opinion.

You may see Samsung’s Social TV and QWERTY remote control in action on demo video below.

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Universal IR/RF/WiFi Android based remote control

Conspin ANDI-ONE Universal Wi-Fi / IR / RF Controller

Conspin recently introduced its new smart remote control called ANDI-ONE. It’s based on Android 2.1 (Eclair), supports IR, RF and WiFi and allows to control up to 50 devices! The ANDI-ONE sports a 3.5 inch (320*480) LCD display to display different remote control layouts as well as Android’s applications like a photo frame, the watch, weather information, headline news etc. Moreover, it can playback media content to a TV via HDMI and makes VoIP calls thanks built-in microphone and speakers. Additionally the remote control has three-axis accelerometer. So, it can be used as a spatial mouse.

The ANDI-ONE battery can be charged via PC/notebook USB port or using stylish dock. The full charge allows to use it for 20 hours.

Currently there is no any information about availability or price of Conspin ANDI-ONE. Hope it won’t take too much time for producer to bring that fantastic device on the market.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Mouse, keyboard and gamepad in one

Home Brew X10 Plus XMBC Control

Mimi Wireless Gaming Keyboard combines a mouse, QWERTY keyboard and gamepad in one. The compact device, looked like XBox game controller, sports a built-in accelerometer, two analog joysticks and digital buttons. So, it should help you not just easily navigate through web pages or media libraries, but also provide a convenient way to play in games.

The Mimi Wireless Gaming Keyboard is powered by rechargeable battery which gives 20 hours of constant use. It also provides an auto hibernate mode to extend battery life.

You can get this amazing game/HTPC controller just for £89.99. But note it’s supported by Windows and Mac OS X only.

PS: The Mimi Wireless Gaming Keyboard is produced by Cideko. I already wrote about its wireless HTPC keyboard with navigation buttons.

A simple way to control energy, water and gas consumption with GreenWave

GreenWave Z-Wave

GreenWave Reality launched its Z-Wave based home automation system with energy, water and gas consumption meter. It includes a GreenWave Reality Gateway, Energy Display and PowerNodes (intelligent power strips). Any other Z-Wave devices produced by different manufactures can be used as well (viva Z-Wave!). The Gateway communicates with Z-Wave devices, control them and collect energy/water/gas consumption data. The Energy Monitor grubs that information and shows it to consumer in clear way. It also can be used separately in any Z-Wave compatible system.

The Gateway can be connected to Internet. In that case the system can be managed remotely as well as update its firmware. There is no any info about price and availability yet. But GreenWave Reality system looks very promised.

[via AutomatedHome]

Easy way to customize Windows Media Center

Customize Windows Media Center

If you prefer proprietary Windows MCE instead of open source XBMC for your media center then following two program should be interesting for you. Media Center Studio allows to to change Windows MCE background image, menu strip, and fonts for the main interface, while Media Center Themer provides you a way to customize the font style and color throughout Windows MCE, including third-party add-ins. Both program are fully compatible with Win7.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

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