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[7:30 AM]
MACWORLD Expo Wrap-up: From The Floor - Keyspan Shows Digital Media Remote
by John F. Braun
Keyspan President Mike Ridenhour took the time to demonstrate their new Digital Media Remote to members of The Mac Observer staff. The system consists of a receiver, which plugs into a USB port, and a control.

On the screen were several applications, including a DVD movie, CD track and a QuickTime movie. With a press of the remote, we noticed that an LED in the receiver started flashing, providing useful feedback. We were able to switch among application, and control each one.

The system reportedly translates each remote control button to a keystroke, so any application features that can be accessed via keyboard are candidates for remote control.

The receiver sports translucent plastic, with a dark red shield in front of the IR receiver. The unique design allows it to be placed on a tabletop, but the unit can also be flipped over and hang on the edge of an open PowerBook.

A September release is planned, and the system will retail for $79.

For a look at all of our MACWORLD Expo coverage, check out our MACWORLD Expo Special Report.


Cool Design Allows Tabletop (Shown) or Open PowerBook Mounting

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