Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

The Ultimate Universal Remote

September 1st, 2009 No comments

This is just about the coolest thing in home entertainment/management I have seen in awhile.

CRISTAL remote

It’s called The CRISTAL (short for “control of remotely interfaced systems using touch-based actions in living spaces”). It’s a coffee table that can remotely control your home theater, lights, digital photo library, and even vacuum (yes, vacuum).
Currently this is just a concept of a team at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Media Interaction Lab. And if it does get put into production it will probably cost around $15,000 to start.
I’d be interested in seeing the logistics on how this can be set up in a consumer’s home. Would the average consumer need an installation specialist to come over and configure the table? Or even configure their entire media set up? I would suspect so.
Of all the people I personally know (and that’s a lot of people) only a small percentage already have a set up where all their media is centrally stored and accessible via computer. Most everyone else still relies on their component systems. And of those people the vast majority still use separate remotes for everything (we’re talking seriously dark ages stuff here;-)

Check out the video to see the prototype in action.

Via Popular Science Gadgets

Hulu Desktop application

June 12th, 2009 1 comment

I was a little late to the Hulu phenomenon. Mostly because Hulu doesn’t work in Japan. But now that I’m home again I’m able to catch up on all of my favorite shows. Hulu just created a new desktop application (for both Windows and Mac) so you can watch your shows free of your browser.


For me (and many others) Hulu is the way forward for television. The less money I give to the cable companies, the better I feel.

The Hulu desktop app is beautifully designed and seems fairly intuitive. It’s also compatible with the Apple remote or any Windows Media compatible remote.

The video quality is still excellent and advertising is handled the same as ever. You can also link it to your Hulu account so you can automatically access your queue, subscriptions and viewing history, as well as your preferences to fully customize your viewing experience.

System requirements:
Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
2 GB of TAM
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
2 Mbps internet connection
Flash 9.0.124

Windows: Intel Core 2 duo 1.8GHz
2 GB of RAM
Windows XP or later
2 Mbps Internet connection
Flash 9.0.124

Via Popular Science Blog

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Distracting Sick Children

June 4th, 2009 1 comment

 One of my guilty pleasures is medical shows.  Medical dramas really.  And I’m wondering just how long it will take for one of these gadgets to show up on one of them. 


 It’s called the PediSedate Headset.  It allows a child to play a Gameboy or listen to a portable CD player (?!?!) while simultaneously delivering sedative gas (like nitrous oxide).  Thereby distracting the child from the fact that he/she is being sedated and undergoing medical treatment.

While I think the idea is quite good (even though I have yet to have kids), I think maybe they need to update it to accept an iPod and a PSP.  Seriously, who carries around a CD player?  Do they even make Discmans anymore?  This product’s marketing department needs to get with it.

Regardless, I know I hated going to the hospital when I was a kid.  Fortunately it didn’t happen much.  And given my proclivity towards sci-fi I probably would have dug this thing.  It looks like some kind of underwater breathing apparatus ala James Cameron.

Come to think of it, if I could get a tank of nitrous I could probably think of a few adults that would be into this thing;-)

For details check out the PediSedate website