The most interesting thing here is AirPlay, Apple’s redub for AirTunes, with the addition of being able to stream music and video from your computer to your i-device over WiFi. You can expect that Apple will launch iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices in November.
We hadn’t heard anything from D-Link and their Boxee Box in a while and they were coming towards the end of the expected Q2 release when they made a blog post announcing the delay of release. Apparently the Q2 time frame “proved overly ambitious” according to the post and a new release date for the US and Canada has been set to ship sometime in November.
The Boxee Box boasts the ability to bring many different types of streaming media to your HDTV from multiple online sources or connected directly through local media storage devices. Pandora, last.fm, shoutcast, We are Hunted, flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Flash 10.1 and most recently My Damn Channel are some of the media tied into the box.
HP’s new DreamScreen 100 and 130 aren’t your usual digital picture frames, but they will function in pretty much the same way. They also happen to stream photos, music, play videos, connect to Pandora, and manage to handle social networking too.
The DreamScreen 100 sports a 10.2-inch screen and the 130 has a 13.3-inch screen. Both have 2GB of built-in storage and a flash card reader and USB for more room. You can load content through storage or via drag-and-drop software on the PC. It will stream audio and photos but not video.
SilverPac has announced their SilverFrame Advanced Digital Picture Frame (ADPF) at Computex 2009, and this is no cheap photo display, like you are used to seeing in bargain bins. The ADPF runs Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 and supports Windows SideShow and Windows Live FrameIt for displaying online content on its 10.1-inch 1024 x 576 touchscreen.
The frame will not only show local photos, play video and stream music from across a network, but it can sync with your calendar, show emails and allow for replies, and view photos from Picasa, Photobucket, Facebook and a Windows Live account. All in one device. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, infrared (for the remote control), a multiformat memory card slot and both full-sized USB and a micro-USB port.
Here’s a decent alarm system with a slick interface. uControl is a fairly new company in the home security arena. They took a year developing and refining a platform called SMA (Security, Monitoring and Automation) and a TouchScreen control panel that both works as a fresh system install and can also integrate with your existing alarm. That means you are covered no matter what.
The company says that it will replace any control panel or alarm box in an existing system, bringing together all the existing functionality of equipment, sensors and wiring. In a new install, the 7-inch WVGA TouchScreen is a stand-alone wireless alarm system that communicates with wireless peripherals and sensors. It also offers remote control from any browser or cellphone, alerts via email or SMS, redundant connectivity (WiFi, ethernet and built-in GPRS cellular), cameras and compatibility with home automation setups.
Buffalo Technology has unveiled a new media streaming device for home networks which lets you playback video in HD. It is called the LinkTheater HD Digital Media Player (LT-H90LAN) and it will cost you around $200.
The LinkTheater HD Digital Media Player (LT-H90LAN) from Buffalo is designed to stream content from a Mac or Windows computer, NAS unit, USB hard drive or DLNA media server to playback on your living room TV or stereo system. It supports a variety of media formats, including Windows Media DRM10 for playback of copy-protected material, and can output at 1080i maximum.