Microsoft today announced that they will unveil new hardware with innovative, easy-to-use features and sophisticated designs that will make accessing PC entertainment more enjoyable. The new Windows Media Center keyboard is an expression of Microsoft's continuing commitment to enhancing consumers' digital experiences anywhere.
Microsoft Hardware has developed the first three-in-one control center for a Windows XP-based Media Center PC with remote keyboard and mouse capabilities in one sleek device, designed exclusively for the living room. For digital camera owners, Microsoft will also introduce a mouse, keyboard and digital image software suite for everyday use that turns any desktop into a virtual darkroom.
"We create hardware for how and where people use their PC," said Tom Gibbons, general manager of the Hardware Group at Microsoft. "With this in mind, we designed two new devices to enhance the digital entertainment activities people are now enjoying, such as playing movies on their Media Center and editing digital photos."
The new Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables greater interaction and control of a Media Center PC compared with a regular remote. This three-in-one device, the first of its kind, makes it easy to turn up the volume, type a message, or point and click with the fully integrated remote, keyboard and mouse capabilities - all without ever having to leave the couch.
Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition features a sleek design to match the living room, and its compact size enables it to be easily stowed when not in use to help get rid of clutter. With smart features including a Media Center green button and backlit buttons, this device makes using a Media Center PC easier and more fun than ever.
The Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition will be widely available by September 2005 for around US$ 104.95 in the USA. A worldwide release wasn't announced yet.
I must say it looks great and seems to include the most important functions I'm missing with my current wireless keyboard I'm using with my new Windows Media Center PC, however - the lack of Bluetooth makes it less interesting for me.
Cheers ~ Arne