VidaBox Unveils new Products at CES 2009

VidaBox Releases New vPad8, an Enhanced Ultra-Mobile Tablet Designed for Automation VidaBox LLC, a manufacturer of digital entertainment and control solutions, is proud to present the vPad8™, a thin and light ultra-mobile tablet PC.  Running on Windows XP embedded, it features a full-color touch screen with 800×600 resolution and comes standard with WiFi connectivity, making it an ideal control interface device. “We’re excited to release the new vPad8™ panel,” exclaims Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox. “This is a smaller, less bulky version of our original vPad10™.  We’ve also added some improvements like a brighter screen for easier legibility in direct … Continue reading VidaBox Unveils new Products at CES 2009

VidaBox Releases new TouchClient8 In-wall PC Touch Panel‏

Las Vegas, NV – CES 2009 – January 9-11 – Hilton Suite H22-121 – VidaBox LLC, a manufacturer of digital entertainment and control solutions, is excited to announce the availability of the TouchClient8™, a full-color, 8.4″ in-wall touch panel with an XP embedded computer. “From the first day of offering the TouchClient12™, we kept getting asked, ‘Do you have a smaller version?’” says Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox LLC. “As always, we listen intently to our integrators, and created this new, smaller version called TouchClient8™.  It has the same great features & connectivity options of the original design without any … Continue reading VidaBox Releases new TouchClient8 In-wall PC Touch Panel‏

VidaBox Now Offers Pre-packaged Whole House Audio Solutions with Multi-room Distribution Systems‏

VidaBox now offers pre-packaged whole house audio solutions complete with multi-room distribution systems Las Vegas, NV – CES 2009 – January 9-11 – Hilton Suite H22-121 – VidaBox LLC, a manufacturer of digital entertainment and control solutions, is proud to offer complete whole house audio packages.  Based on the VidaBox line of multiroom audio servers, these packages include NuVo® multiroom distribution and amplification equipment. “These new packages are a natural progression of delivering new features and better value for our dealer base,” states Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox LLC. “Most of our integrators are already using NuVo® and Russound® in … Continue reading VidaBox Now Offers Pre-packaged Whole House Audio Solutions with Multi-room Distribution Systems‏

New VidaBox Touch3.6 Touch Pad Provides Truly Customizable Controls

New VidaBox Touch3.6™ touch pad provides truly customizable controls in a full color double-gang sized touch screen Las Vegas, NV – CES 2009 – January 8-11 – Hilton Suite H22-121 – VidaBox, a manufacturer of digital entertainment and control solutions, is proud to debut the Touch3.6™, a full-color touchpad capable of presenting an interactive, fully-customizable interface.  This 320×234 resolution screen will allow control of any device via RS-232, TCP/IP, IR, and other control protocols through the vAutomation™ platform. “We’re absolutely thrilled to offer our dealers the new Touch3.6 panel,” exclaims Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox LLC. “Integrators can finally install … Continue reading New VidaBox Touch3.6 Touch Pad Provides Truly Customizable Controls

VidaBox Releases New vPad8, an Enhanced Ultra-Mobile Tablet Designed for Automation

VidaBox releases new vPad8™, an enhanced ultra-mobile tablet designed for automation & customizable controls Las Vegas, NV – CES 2009 – January 8-11 – Hilton Suite H22-121 – VidaBox LLC, a manufacturer of digital entertainment and control solutions, is proud to present the vPad8™, a thin and light ultra-mobile tablet PC.  Running on Windows XP embedded, it features a full-color touch screen with 800×600 resolution and comes standard with WiFi connectivity, making it an ideal control interface device. “We’re excited to release the new vPad8™ panel,” exclaims Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox. “This is a smaller, less bulky version of … Continue reading VidaBox Releases New vPad8, an Enhanced Ultra-Mobile Tablet Designed for Automation

Short Bits: SideShow Remote, Big Screen Savings, Video Testimonial Program, More

Ricavision is officially dead now, but Phillips is sort-of taking their place with the SRM7500 SideShow Remote.  Hardly the eye candy that the Ricavision was, but at least it is shipping with a much lower price tag.  Clear downside here is the screen which will limit functionality. The Holidays are here and that means deals for you on Media Center plug-ins.  Up until January 15 you can save up to 40% off on Big Screen applications.  Speaking of deals, how about getting a free DV cam?  Microsoft has launched their Media Center Consumer Video Testimonial Program at The Green Button … Continue reading Short Bits: SideShow Remote, Big Screen Savings, Video Testimonial Program, More

Review: Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball

Just about a year ago I reviewed Vidabox’s Premium Wireless Keyboard with Optical Trackball and came to a pretty simple conclusion; great inexpensive wireless keyboard that didn’t have a Green Button for Media Center use.  The fact that it didn’t include a Green Button came as a downer to me as it is the central way to navigate the Media Center experience. The lack of a Green Button has been on Vidabox’s radar and they recently released a newer model using a laser trackball. The Vidabox Premium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard with Laser Trackball includes a 2000dpi laser trackball, … Continue reading Review: Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball

Microsoft Releases Media Center SideShow Gadgets

Microsoft has officially released their Media Center SideShow Gadgets for public download.  The Gadgets, previously in beta, allow you to use a SideShow device to browse the EPG, schedule recordings, start playback of content (TV, music, videos, pictures) and more. I’ve yet to test it, but the only thing Microsoft didn’t specifically mention was Extender support which I hope is still present.  Of course, testing the Gadgets is pretty hard to do given the lack of SideShow devices.  Ricavision had promise, until they went out of business (website is now dead).  Other than that, the built-in SideShow display on the … Continue reading Microsoft Releases Media Center SideShow Gadgets

Update: Ricavision Misses SideShow Remote Ship Date, Again

It sure has been a long wait to get a SideShow enabled remote control.  The once cool feature of Windows Vista was going to allow inexpensive devices with external displays to grab content from the PC and control it remotely.  This technology still has a lot of potential, but considering we are just a few weeks away from at least a pre-beta of Windows 7, it looks like SideShow for Vista has basically been a flop. This is especially evident with Ricavision’s SideShow remote which still hasn’t shipped even after a nearly two year delay.  They have just missing their … Continue reading Update: Ricavision Misses SideShow Remote Ship Date, Again

Media Center SideShow Gadgets RC Gets Extender Support

Early this year it was confirmed that the Media Center SideShow gadgets would support control of Extenders.  However when the first public beta for the gadgets came out Extender support was missing (along with good SideShow devices).  We still really don’t have any good SideShow devices, but Extender support has been made official (hat tip Stuart) for the first time in the Media Center Gadgets for SideShow Release Candidate (RC). The lack of true Media Center Gadgets is likely the reason Ricavision has slipped shipping their SideShow remote.  Summer 2008 has been noted as their intended release date for months, … Continue reading Media Center SideShow Gadgets RC Gets Extender Support