|Keyspan has announced a cool new product that will allow USB equipped Macs to have certain aspects of their operation controlled with a handheld remote control. The device, called the Digital Media Remote, will allow users to control their CD/DVD players as well as media players like Apple's QuickTime player and Microsoft's PowerPoint. According to Keyspan:
Keyspan today will announce its Digital Media Remote, a "first-of its-kind" accessory for the new generation of Macintosh desktop and portable computers. The Digital Media Remote provides remote control of Apple Computer's CD, DVD, and QuickTime Players, as well as other digital media players and presentation programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
The remote is on display in the Keyspan Booth #1319 and at Apple Computer's booth at MacWorld Expo, New York.
The Digital Media Remote consists of two components -- a stylish 15-key infrared remote and an infrared receiver unit that connects to the USB port on a Macintosh. The receiver unit features a versatile design that enables it to sit on a tabletop or hang conveniently on the edge of an open PowerBook.
The device is scheduled to be shipping in September and will be available in retail and catalog outlets. Keyspan has set the price for the Digital Media Remote at US$79.
The Mac Observer Spin: Gotta love a device like this. It sounds perfect for watching a DVD movie on your 24" monitor, or listening to music on your CD player. More importantly, it will be a great benefit for people giving public presentations with their Mac, especially in business. Very few devices of this nature have come to the Mac, and Keyspan will hopefully be very successful with this one.