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Acer moves deeper into the Connected Home with Touch Pad Media Center Remote

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Acer, the well known maker of everything from Laptops to TVs seems to be getting very interested in the Home Entertainment allure of the “Connected Home”. This should be abundantly clear with Acer’s clear.fi media streaming capabilities now being joined by a Touch Pad remote to work with a multitude of devices including your Home Theater PC (HTPC).

HTPC Remote

Finding a suitable controller for the Living Room seems to be an issue for many a Home Technology buff.  While some people don’t mind having a smaller keyboard and mouse combination like what comes with the Logitech Revue or even my current solution of the Gyration keyboard and Media mouse combination, apparently others are quite offended by the notion of having a keyboard in the living room.

the connected home

Acer’s RMTP-S1Q remote:

has a sleek, slate form factor with no buttons visible when the device is powered off.  The surface of the RMTP-S1Q is touch sensitive and it works just like a large touch pad, with support for standard clicking as well as multi-touch gestures.  But at the push of a button, the RMTP-S1Q illuminates to reveal media controls, above, allowing users to easily view photos and video, or listen to music.  The RMTP-S1Q connects to PCs via RF dongle and has a range of 8 to 10 meters.  The device has a rechargeable battery as well, so you don’t have to worry about popping in new AAs.

There aren’t a whole lot more details available at this time because the device has just reached the FCC for evaluation, but it’s good to see that companies are out there creating devices that increase the usability of the HTPC media center…which, in my opinion, is far from dead!  This Acer remote

[via www.wirelessgoodness.com]

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Tom AbellPut simply, Tom loves technology! Having been involved in the IT world since leaving the US Navy Submarine Force in 1992, Tom has moved his way up to the top as an IT Systems Engineering. But having spent some time in the Home Automation industry early in his career, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating integrated Home Technology environments and has been running HTPCs and Windows Home Servers for years. With 17 years of IT Systems Engineering experience, Tom's recent OIF 08-09 deployment has rekindled his love for the Connected Home Industry and hence, the website. We hope you like the site, please share it with your friends and follow us on your favorite Social Networks! Read more about Tom on the "About Us" page.View all posts by Tom Abell

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