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 Touchscreen Extender!
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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