I refuse to give up on Pika. I know, I know, Microsoft and OEMs seem to be
lagging way behind were they need to be getting them into the market. While I don’t agree with Microsoft or their
OEMs for being so slow (it’s not clear if it’s Microsoft or the OEMs that are
the problem) I think that Pika could bring some very interesting devices. We already know that DVD Players with Media
Center Extenders will likely show, as will Media
Center Extender HDTVs.
But what about what could also be released, pending some
smart OEMs. The Pika development kit
from Sigma Designs is rather small and could be put several exciting
places. If I had to guess I would say
the broad is about 7×4.5in, which means it is very compact in comparison to the
cases these things are put into. This
means it could be nicely made into a small Tablet Touchscreen Extender or In-wall
I would love to see a $500 (or so) 10” Touchscreen Tablet Extender
that I could walk around the house and view recorded TV on. Battery life might be issue with one of
these, as it always is with any portable device. However, it would (technically) be able to
decode HDTV, including that recorded on from a CableCARD. I think if someone could manage 3 hours of
battery life this concept would be great!
Removable battery would be a huge plus.
Or what about an In-wall Touchscreen Extender. This would be an interesting concept for an
OEM to tackle, because any good way of doing this would involve smashing some
holes in your walls for the install plus running power, Ethernet, and optional
external speakers. Those are instant
turn-off’s for most OEMs. However,
pending that a 6” In-wall Touchscreen Extender would bring your home to your
figure-tips much like Exceptional Innovations current XPe Touchscreens do (w/
Life|ware). This would be a great
addition to multi-zone audio and home automation people.
Mix the above with Sideshow (which I have not covered very
well here) and your really getting into the connect lifestyle idea that Media
Center should be the center of.
What do you think?
Are these devices that would interest you and are there any more that
you would be interested to see? Clearly
the Zune as a wireless Media Center Extender is up there, anything else?
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