Today I got a notification about a product called highpad Media Control for Pocket PC which lets you enjoy your personal audio, visual and digital media anywhere, any place. Highpad Media Control is your wireless communicator between your Windows XP Media Center 2005 or Windows XP Media Player and you Windows Mobile Pocket PC. Connect, control and interact at home or while you on the go to all your personal entertainment.
highpad Media Control is designed to work with any Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC (but a Smartphone version is in development also). Wirelessly connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or GPRS and UMTS to control your networked Windows XP Media Center 2005 or XP Media Player.
The GUI allows you to simply control and access your networked Media Center PC and content via your Pocket PC's touch-screen. Wirelessly navigate through all digital media on your home server. Instantly select out of your media libraries your entertainment program of choice.
- Intuitive, simple and easy to use interface
- Shuttle-wheel for touch screen use
- Soft keys for non-touch screen devises
- Control all MCE2005 functions
- Bluethooth or WiFi connectivity
- Stream, download and synchronize your media library at home or on the move
- Manage your playback and play lists
- Playback music, radio, video and pictures
- Remote recording of Radio and TV
- Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
- Customize your device with Plug-ins
System Requirements Pocket PC
- Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 or higher
- Any type of network connection to the host computer (WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, GPRS, UMTS)
- Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 1.0
System Requirements Host Computer
- Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Media Center Edition 2004 or 2005
- Windows Media Player 9 or 10
- Windows Media 9 Series Encoder required for Remote Streaming/Exchange
- Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1
- TCP/IP connection needed to connect between you Home Server and Digital Mobile Device
- DSL connection for remote access
That's an amazing piece of software with lots of functionalities to make your Pocket PC both - a real Media Center Edition remote control at home as well as a client to output your media files while on the go. And, it seems to be the missing remote recoding for Media Center PCs.
Time to finalize my new Media Center PC (which will become either the Shuttle or the HP) and together with Orb (for remote Notebook access) this should be the ultimate mobile multimedia experience! :-)
So far it's not available but announced only by "high-def", a Germany company focused on digital media. I will try to follow-up as soon as possible to get more information about it!
Cheers ~ Arne