Touchscreen Media Center PC

CE Pro are showing off a nice picture of a 17" touchscreen Media Center PC.
I saw how well touch screens work with Media Center at Microsoft’s Smart Home last year.
In a kitchen situation or in a bedroom it would work really well.
Some of the features:
 

Pelham Sloane gave EHX attendees the first glimpse of its 17-inch touchscreen with Media Center Edition, and it’s pretty slick–a complete computer with touchscreen interface, loaded with MCE, in a very thin package.

Just 2 3/4 inches thick, it features four external USB ports, two PCI Express slots, a Compact Flash slot, up to 500 GB of hard drive, and support for 802.11g, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and EV-DO/Edge (cellular broadband).

Available in many configurations, it retails for about $2,200-$3,200 (including mount) and is oh so close to shipping.

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The Windows Media Center Show #51 – Mark Weinberg (Microsoft)

The Media Center Show #51(MP3 – 10.6mb- 30mins 49secs)
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The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

A shorter show this week and even thought my hard disk crashed and burned I still managed to get the show out 🙂
This week on the show is Mark Weinberg, General Manager at Microsoft’s eHome group, responsible for the Media Center core features team.
I have the Media Center Show news and email in to the show.

Plus a chance to win One Voices’ Media Center Communicator

Send your questions and feedback to isdixon@gmail.com (feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow



Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:

00:36 Coming up this week
01:09 Update on Sky with Media Center
02:05 Email on 10 Foot World
02:35 Vista code needs re-writing???
04:02 MCE Video Encoder
05:02 Multi room audio
05:58 Sony DVD changer
07:07 Win Media Center Commentator
07:22 Users Setup’s pictures
07:53 A Message from One Voice
08:42 Welcome to Mark
09:34 CTP builds
11:00 Look and feel of Vista Media Center
14:00 Mark’s favorite feature of Vista Media Center
15:00 Media Center as a platform
17:00 Home Automation
18:30 Setting up a AV system
21:00 Media Center Server
23:00 Home testing
26:18 Media Center bloggers
27:10 Thanks to Mark
27:26 Coming up next week Akimbo
Music by Ian Dixon

Niveus Announces HD-DVD Drive

Niveus have announced that they are bringing out a HD-DVD drive for there Media Center PC’s  
 
I wonder if they will implement managed copies?
 

“While we may have additional announcements later this year regarding the Blu-Ray disc format, we are ready to announce that product development is well underway to deliver HD-DVD in the award-winning Niveus Media Center by mid-2006” said Tim Cutting, CEO & Founder, Niveus Media. “By combining our award winning ISF-certified Niveus Media Center, with HD-DVD and Intel Viiv technology, Niveus Authorized Dealers will have a powerful solution to bring their clients into the high definition DVD era. We’re looking forward to being one of the first to offer dealers an HD-DVD experience in a Intel Viiv technology based system. ”

Two new apps for Media Center

Two new application out for Media Center that look interesting. (via Chris Lanier)
 
On2Share [MCE] is a UPnP Control Point for Microsoft XP Media Center Edition (MCE).
On2Share is running as integrated add-in enabling seamless home media networking with simple to use UPnP (Universal Plug and Play). Tap into your digital home network with your MCE remote control. On2Share [MCE] is enabling easy access to your local UPnP media server (e.g.On2Share Pro).
 
I wonder if it can control Windows Media Connect?
 
ExDomus Home Automation Software is a home automation application for controlling X10 devices.
 

The Windows Media Center Show #50 – Media Center MVP’s

The Media Center Show #49(MP3 – 23mb- 1 Hour 14mins 1secs)
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The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

Welcome to show 50!
This week on the show I have two Media Center MVP’s (Microsoft Most Valued Professionals) talking about Media Center and Vista.
Orb’s Ian McCarthy reports from MIX06 and I have email and skype messages in to the show

Plus a chance to win One Voices’ Media Center Communicator

Send your questions and feedback to isdixon@gmail.com (feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow



Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:
00:50 Welcome to Show 50!
01:30 Email MCE with Sky
02:59 a Skype message from Brian Frost
05:03 Media Center Presentation Application over the web
06:47 MIX06 Keynote
07:20 MIX06 Report from Orb’s Ian McCarthy
12:09 Vista Delay
13:15 A Message from One Voice
14:04 Welcome to the Media Center MVP’s
19:00 How has Media Center progressed
20:48 Supporting Vista
23:45 Common support issues
26:00 Stability
27:50 Extenders
30:00 Windows Media Connect devices
31:22 Corey’s Media Library size
35:00 Content delivery methods
37:45 YouTube.com
40:00 DRM (again!)
44:08 Blueray and HD-DVD
46:00 More on DRM
54:51 XM Passport
58:00 Cable Card
1:03:00 Vista Beta
1:07:35 Thanks to Corey and Andy
1:08:00 Email the show
Music by Ian Dixon

Media Center Communicator

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