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Check Out The BryteWerks Projector/Media Center Combo

By David Ponce

There are these gadgets that are just so boring to write about because, lets face it, all they ever do is gradually improve on their specs: smaller, faster, cheaper. I’m not a big fan of slow evolution in consumer electronics, but then again not everything can be revolutionary. It’s interesting to see manufacturers trying, and the BryteWerks ModelOne Projector is a stab in the right direction. It’s really just a nice projector with a full fledged media center machine fuzed to it. The media center part comes with a “Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU and it also packs in a slot-loaded Blu-ray player, up to 2 terabytes of storage – including a 500 gigabyte Solid State Drive, plus built-in Wi-fi and Ethernet.” The software is handled through a customized version of XBMC, which I’m a big fan on. On the projector side you get “ultra-wide 105 mm adjustable prime lens, an ultra-high brightness of 6,000 – 11,000 lumens, a 1000:1 True Contrast Ratio, a 1:1 throw of 1 foot to 50 feet, and it’s capable of producing a full 16:10 widescreen HD 1080p resolution.” There’s a small 720p touchscreen on the back though most interaction with the machine is probably done right on your projection screen. Rounding out the specs and justifying its price tag you have “dual HDMI and USB ports and 5.1 individual analog surround sound outputs.”

Now for the sticker shock: $2,449.00, $2,999.00, $3,999.00 and $5,999.00. Available from January 9th, right when CES kicks off.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Boxee To Roll Out Payment System In Summer

boxee-logo-paid By David Ponce

Fans of Boxee will apparently have the option to pay for content this summer, as the company has recently announced that they are working on a one-click payment system. Of course, Boxee built its name over the fact that it made it nearly idiot-proof to watch content downloaded for free. Or perhaps more appropriately “created” by you… though let’s not kid ourselves, most of us use it for torrents. Still, there’s definitely a place for paid content since not everything is available, nor is everything conveniently downloaded. Think live sporting events for example. Boxee claims they will take a cut from these payments, though “lower than the 30% charged by many app stores”. They are currently working on deals with content providers.

The company was recently in the news with the announcement of the Boxee Box, a hardware media player built by D-Link, which will be available this year. We saw it at CES and were impressed. Here’s hoping that this new push into paid content (alongside their current free functionality of course) will work out for them.

[ Boxee ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

[CES 2010] LaCie’s Mini HD Media Player

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By David Ponce

As mentioned yesterday, media players are popular this year at CES. This is LaCie’s Mini HD, a “Full HD WiFi Media Center in a DVD-Sized Footprint”. Sporting a 500GB drive, the box will playback an array of formats on your HDTV. Loading content onto it is done through USB or network, be it wired or not.

It’ll be available later this quarter for $300. Keep reading for the full press release.

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