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