Introducing the Beam Brush – the Smart Toothbrush

beambrushThe latest device to get the connected home treatment is; yes you've guessed it, the toothbrush.  Strange as it may seem at first appearance there does seem to be a method to the madness. When we say connected that doesn't however mean you can stream video from it. Not just yet anyway. The Beam Brush is [...]

Peel TV Control and Spotify Box Prototype Win Interaction Awards

Two innovative new connected home products have been recognised in the first Interaction Awards. The Peel TV controller which we first covered back in June last year and the Spotify Box Player prototype designed by Swedish student Jordi Parra, which we featured way back in April, were amongst the winners in these Google sponsored awards [...]

Is This the Future of TV Remotes?

gesture-remoteA lot of attention has been paid to the interfaces of the Smart Tvs and the media software that runs on them but very little has been said about the TV remote. From humble beginnings the average remote now has more buttons than the space shuttle and requires similar training to operate it. As we [...]

DLNA Looks to Increase Consumer Awareness and Extends Reach with Wi-Fi Direct

dlna_and_wifi_alliance_logosIt's been a busy few weeks over at the DLNA. First they release a set of videos aimed at educating the mass market by demonstrating how easy it is for consumers to connect and enjoy their digital content regardless of manufacturer. They cover the scenarios that most normal people (and by normal I don't mean geeks [...]

Hillcrest Labs Unveils Its New 6-axis Scoop Pointer In-air Mouse

Hillcrest Labs Scoop PointerFamiliar with the Loop Pointer? Well, Hillcrest Labs is replacing that with its new Scoop Pointer available to OEMs later this year. The company will offer them for rebranding and consumers can purchase the new in-air mouse from partners once they become available (unlike the Loop, which has its own website). Difference between the two [...]

Connect Your Mac or PC to Your Stereo Wirelessly with playGo USB

BICOM playGo USBWe've covered products like BICOM's playGo USB adapter in the past (here's one for $36), but this unit is a bit different. The playGo USB connects to your Mac or Windows PC via USB (as the product's name suggests) and then is able to transmit the audio on the best available channel to its stereo-connected receiver(s) [...]

Attack of the External CableCARD TV Tuners for Windows 7 Media Center

SiliconDust HDHomeRun PrimeMedia streamers like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, and Roku are all the rage these days, however, I have a feeling HTPCs and PVR software usage is going to be making a comeback soon (or at least see an uptick from current levels). Hauppauge and SiliconDust are both set to launch their CableCARD (M-Card) TV [...]

Sewell Intros a IR Remote Extender That Piggybacks on Your HDMI Cable

Sewell InjectIRWhat a clever idea! For $44.95, Sewell has a new IR remote extender called InjectIR that attaches to both ends of your HDMI cable connected to your TV and set-top box. The adapter that connects to the TV side provides a cable with an IR receiver and the adapter connected to the set-top box functions [...]