As the name implies, the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive is essentially a NAS device with media hub abilities, intended to back up and playback multimedia files across your home network. Where it stands slightly out from the crowd is in its support of UPnP for DLNA-certified devices and iTunes, allowing the NAS to store and stream music, video and pictures to a variety of PC, laptop, home consumer electronics and Apple products.
Netgear's Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150 was announced last December, but it's taken a while for reviews to emerge. Promising a huge collection of supported video and audio codecs, plus 1080p output, wireless and wired HD streaming, YouTube and a removable 500GB hard-drive, the EVA9150 landed on My Digital Entertainers test bench for a good going-over.
Last month words got out iRiver is shipping its multi-talent Wave Home multimedia communication hub in Korea, today, we learned the first unit has reached KT Telecom subscriber; one lucky Korean has already posted an unboxing ceremony and a preliminary review of the new iRiver on his blog.
Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?
MvixUSA is bringing the increasingly popular multimedia hub out from your living room to serve the business class digital signage. The DS-100 works via a combination of a DLNA-complaint HD media player and a supplied PC-based control portal. It supports HD media playbacks from videos, music to images via networked devices or storages such as DLNA server/player, UPnP server, a built-in Flash storage of 16GB, an external USB hdd, wirelessly or though a LAN.
Amex Digital is extending its Blu-ray optical drive/decks business to unveil a pair of multifunctional digital photo frames, SR-7 and SW-7. The former features an indoor thermometer, radio controlled dual alarm clock and is capable of multimedia playback; while the latter does it all with an additional weather station.
Klipsch Audio has announced three affordable 5.1 surround-sound speaker systems, designed primarily for high-end PC multimedia system to entry-level Home Theater entertainment. Unlike their much-advanced Home theater lineup, the new members are reasonably priced but still offering high performance feature such as its heritage horn technology with a MicroTractrix 0.75-inch aluminum dome tweeter; units are compact in size but big in sound with complement subwoofer and powerful digital hybrid/ digital class D amplifier.
Today we got our first look at the latest offering from AVerMedia. The AVerVision VP-1 Portable Visual Presenter is an affordable way to display images and documents in a public setting without having to fork over the cash for a full on projector.
It can be used to display images on a TV or computer screen or on a blackboard if connected to an external projector. The device features a 2-megapixel camera, auto focus and 8x digital zoom. It's small and weighs just 2.7 pounds but can project images sized up to A4 paper.
This device can also apparently utilize a 28mm adapter to show what a microscope can see. You can even connect it to video devices and computers. It features an RCA and a VGA output and a VGA input. You can choose between 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x960 resolutions. You can get the AVerVision VP-1 Portable Visual Presenter for $450 now.
Creative have been demonstrating their new Zii platform this week at CES, catchily titled "Stemcell Computing", which is promising a huge shift in how multimedia is handled by mobile devices. Zii comprises a number of scalable Processing Elements, or PEs, each of which can be individually re-tasked to different tasks. In that way, rather than a device having a set amount of video decoding, encoding or high-definition processing capability, it can selectively assign generic PEs to whatever the task at hand.
iRiver will be briefing the CES crowd in a few short hours, but we thought we'd take an early look at one of the new products they've brought to the show. The WAVE-HOME is not an easy device to categorize other than to say this - iRiver wants it to do a lot for you.