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Voice Controlled Media Center From Amulet


Amulet Devices has announced a Windows Media Center remote control that has a microphone stick at the top of it, letting you speak into the remote and issue voice commands to your television. They have a video showing how you can name an artist and have Media Center play music by that artist, or ask your TV to change the channel or find the channel airing a specific show, among other possible applications of the remote.

The remote has some position sensing technology built in, letting the remote know when you’ve tilted it towards your mouth. This way, the remote doesn’t follow commands from the TV, switching shows and music based on what comes out of the speakers, but instead only listens when you lift it to specifically issue a command.

Amulet makes these Media Center PCs that work around the voice remote, with a 7-inch touchscreen on the front of the PC and some custom interfaces that work with the remote, dual tuners and other goodies. It looks like it comes with a special browsing interface for album cover art, one that looks similar to Apple’s Cover Flow and you can flick through with your finger on the touch screen, as well as pages of different features that you page through by swiping your hand.

It all looks pretty cool, and the Dublin-based company just unveiled it over the weekend at RDS Dublin. I’m already talking to the company, and I’ll update with more information as they send me it.

November 14th, 2007 Posted by | Media Center, Vista, Windows | 4 comments

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  2. Why can’t MS develop without desperately trying to copy Apple all the time. I wonder if Apple will be on their backs now for copying coverflow.

    Comment by Frank Woolf | November 14, 2007

  3. Frank, not to be obnoxious or anything, but:

    AMULET DEVICES. Amulet. Not Microsoft. Amulet.

    Microsoft didn’t do anything in this post. Any problems, bring it up with those who did.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | November 15, 2007

  4. Why isn’t there a Media Center interface on that screen? Seems kind of dumb for a Media Center device.

    @Frank : Are you that oblivious. Amulet is NOT Microsoft. Amulet made this device, not Microsoft.

    Comment by Michael | November 17, 2007

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