Tuesday, 20 September 2005

Sling1Scoble posted something that's had my attention all evening (well, off and on anyhow - I'm easily distracted). Have you seen the Slingbox from Sling Media? It's may just be the perfect gadget for me. Think something along the lines of a Media Center extender (note: it's not one of those, just try to think along those lines), only instead it extends any TV image to pretty much any computer anywhere you have a fast connection to the Internet.

"The Slingbox is a compact and elegantly designed, state-of-the-art electronic device that connects to the back of your TV. It redirects, or “placeshifts,” the TV signal from your cable box, satellite receiver, or digital video recorder (DVR) to your computer or laptop of choice, no matter your location — so long as you have a high-speed Internet connection."

It's something close to pure simplicity, too: Plug it in, hook it up, install the SlingPlayer software on your PC, and BAM! You're controlling and watching your TV, DVR, set top box or whatever you use from your computer, wherever you may be.

It's for PCs now, but more is coming very soon:

"In the coming months, SlingPlayer software will be available for select PDAs, smart phones, and Macintosh computers and will be fully compatible with the Slingbox."

You can check it out at:

http://www.slingmedia.com

And then, of course, there's Orb, for some of the same people who are interested in Slingbox (the geeky ones who are not looking for a plug-and-go solution since Orb uses your home PC and a tuner card), and it's especially nice for those who have Windows MediaCenter Edition):

http://www.orb.com



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Saturday, 24 September 2005 09:53:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Let me know when you get one of these, I have been looking at them as well. But have questions their web site does not tell about. So, get ready for a few questions when ya get yours!
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 22:31:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, I commented on one of these a while back with regards to using the over a a wifi connection in a plane.

the CEO left a comment..

http://ianwhite.is-a-geek.net/PermaLink.aspx?guid=6a3a957f-699a-4231-923a-6f22f0aaa8df
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 22:48:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hey there Ian - always cool when the CEO drops you a comment, heh. That in-flight broadband is pretty fast I hear, and shoudl be plenty fast enough. My only wonder is whether the connection would be consistent enough in-flight. I know when some of the blogeratti tried it on that Boeing flight up in Seattle, they liked it a lot. I've been on a zillion flights since them, but no WiFi on my flights (which were all domestic and some cross-country).
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