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Back from EHX

ehx_spring_2010 I just got back from EHX (Electronic House Expo) in Orlando, Florida.  I was down there for reasons I will post about later, but it was a great trip with a few Media Center morsels.

The first is Amulet Devices.  Ian Dixon had Eddy Carroll of Amulet Devices on the Media Center Show podcast episode #248.  Amulet Devices is getting ready to ship a new universal remote for Media Center that includes voice control.  I had a chance to test the remote at EHX and I came away impressed.  I’ll be doing a full write-up on my hands-on time with the remote this week.

The other bit of interesting news is that the Media Center Integrator Alliance has been dissolved.  This group was formed about a year and half ago I think to really push Media Center in the custom integrator channel and provide custom integrators with exclusive training, tools and educational resources.  The website is already down and custom integrators are being pushed over to the Green Button.  Microsoft is still hosting a Custom Integrator landing page for Media Center but it links out to other sites such as the Green Button.

Speculation is that they were not getting the participation level from the members of the alliance that they had hoped and were doing much of the work for the MCIA.  I hope this does not mean that Microsoft is giving up on this channel as I think it has more legs than ever over the next few years.  My biggest question is if they are going to make the testing tool suite that was once exclusive to MCIA members available to everyone.  That would be great for enthusiasts!

New Logitech Harmony 650

Engadget posted a review on the new Harmony 650 from Logitech.  I have been a big fan of the Logitech Harmony series since my Father introduced it to me a few years ago.  If you know my father that last statement probably took you by surprise and you had to read it twice.

I personally have 3 Harmony remotes: 880, 510 and the Xbox 360 version.  It takes some time to tweek it exactly right for you but once you do it’s great.  The 650 seems to continue the trend but at a lower price.  Hopefully this allows more people to get into the Harmony world of remotes.

Read the review HERE.