The first networked media player with USB 3.0


ASUS introduced the first networked media player with USB 3.0 support. Its new O!Play HD2 additionally is equiped with HDMI 1.3 as well as with Composite, Component and Optical outputs, USB 2.0 and eSata ports, card readers for CF, SD, and Memory Stick and, of course, USB 3.0 PC link. That player together with Seagate BlackArmor PS110 should demonstrate the USB 3.0 power.

Unfortunately there is no any words about date availability and price of O!Play HD2.

Hulu is integrated into LinuxMCE 0810

Hulu Linux Desktop

The popular online video service Hulu was integrated into LinuxMCE 0810 beta. That integration uses recently released Hulu Desktop for Linux. User has full control over Hulu player from both LinuxMCE UI1 and UI2. On-screen UI2 Orbiter uses native Hulu player functions to navigate on media library and control playback. But the rest Orbiters provide that functionality via their remote control screens.

The Hulu integration into LinuxMCE is good but unfortunately it can be used for US only. From another hand it may give the idea for developers how to integrate the rest famous video/audio services such YouTube, JustinTV, Revision3 etc.

The video demonstrated that functionality is available below.
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Integration Innovus Z-Wave House Controller with Squeezebox Duet

Innovus Home Automation with Logitech Squeezebox

Company Innovus has announced its new software module which allows to integrate its Z-Wave House Controller with Squeezebox Duet. The special Innovus MyHome Plug-in offers an elegant way to control all Z-Wave devices connected to the controller from the smart Duet’s remote control equiped by 2.4″ color LCD display. That’s good example of simple and efficient way to implement common user interface for home automation and control music playback and using of resources of advanced remote controls.

[via AutomatedHome]

Networked Media Tank Popcorn Hour A-110


Four months ago I wrote about network player Popcorn Hour A-100. It’s amazing device. Just for $170 you get media player which can play-back all well-known audio/video files from different sources such networked PC or USB stick. Moreover it works as NAS and Torrent client. Now it’s time for the next generation of Popcorn Hour – A-110. Additionally to A-100 features it adds support of 2.5″/3.5″ SATA HDD, USB slave functionality to improve connectivity and transfer rates and HDMI output upgrade to the 1.3a spec, allowing full support of HD Audio pass-through for DTS HD-HR, DTS HD-MA, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD.

The ports were re-organize a bit – USB was moved to the rear panel and co-axial S/PDIF output was replaced by optical one. Also it was added a hardware reset button to bring back hung device.

The newest Popcorn Hour A-110 is available for pre-order for $215.00.

If you’re not satisfy Popcorn Hour design (which looks nice for me) or you’d like to embed it somewhere you can buy the Popcorn Hour B-110 Baseline. So, you’ll able to build your own device.

Iomega presented ScreenPlay HD

ScreenPlay HD

Iomega presented its new media product ScreenPlay HD. That multimedia drive is equiped with cost effective 500Gb HDD, HDMI port and component / composite connections and Coaxial S/PDIF output and USB 2.0 interface. ScreenPlay HD can handle most formats from MPEG-1 to MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB) and MPEG-4 (DivX3-5/XviD). Thanks to HDMI interface SD video will be upscaled to 720p or 1080i digitally. To comfort work with the ScreenPlay HD it comes with slim remote control.

The ScreenPlay HD is available on the Iomega site at $218.45.

[via Everything USB]

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