So that means we've got some work ahead of us. It's got to be better than Boxee Box, have some form of input included in the cost and come in under budget. So let's get the ball rolling:
" @simian: Figure the budget is $600 and it should do more than the Boxee box does. Doesn't need CableCARD tuners at that price, but it should be relatively competent otherwise. I'd say $600 should include some sort of wireless keyboard/remote/some controller. "
" @simian: You stole my idea it seems or simply beat me to it. I heard Will give his reply in the video and thought such a thread could be useful. Maybe we'll get a few links and suggestions. "Minds, possibly great ones, do think a like. What we really need is to get A MOD to make this thread STICKY so that it doesn't drift to the bottom, like tears in the rain.
"For the record, I think this machine should be very light on storage, extremely quiet, and there are mega-bonus points if it's able to play games at Xbox 360 level or higher (720p resolution, 2xAA, trilinear). I don't care about OS, but whatever you guys want on here should be able to boot straight into a 10-foot interface without requiring a keyboard and mouse connected. "In this case, the Zotac MAG that I pointed out earlier as using for my HTPC is almost perfect. It's got a 160gb hard drive, I can't hear it when it's on from my couch, and it outputs at 1080p alright besides the weird buffering issue (which might be ram related anyway). The only thing is that the ION chokes when trying to play games. I though it'd be awesome to play Torchlight on it on my TV but it refused to even start.
I would hope that you would be able to use a typical remote for most tasks, one that would feel familiar to most people. Perhaps a keyboard/mouse for light gaming and text entry?
have we come to a consensus on how the interface is to be controlled? Trough the phone controller? Wireless Keyboard? Special Remote?"
I think this would be a bonus, but I think the remotes/controls/keyboard/mouse should be off the shelf and easy to obtain. This should be a box you could get without being super tech savvy... hopefully we can write very clear instructions. Think of the person, no smart phone, who wants a complete self-contained awesome HTPC.
As for a remote I think your phone would suffice as long as its a smart phone obviously.
Think of the person, no smart phone, who wants a complete self-contained awesome HTPC. "Or refer to the mantra for the project ;)