Back at CES in January, I had a preview of the Amulet Voice Remote Control for Windows Media Center, and I have been waiting to get my hands on it ever since. Now ours has arrived and here is the unboxing.
Here is how Amulet describe the device:
The Amulet Remote is the controller Windows Media Center owners have been waiting for. Access all your media instantly using simple voice commands and gestures. No more complex key sequences to remember.
- Select media by name (Channels, Artists, Songs, Movies, TV shows, photos)
- Multiple speaker profiles, selectable by voice (“This is Pete”)
- Audio responses to questions (“This is ‘Videotape’ by Radiohead from the album ‘In Rainbows’)
- Navigate TV guide by voice (“Record ABC Next Tuesday at 7 PM”)
- Flexible operation – use voice or buttons for most operations
- Instant access to video timeline (‘Skip to 1 hour and 10 minutes”, “Skip over ads”)
- Infra-red learning – teach Amulet to control any of your other audio visual equipment
How it Works?
- You pick up the remote and speak a command such as “Play Artist Rolling Stones”.
- The built-in microphone transmits your voice to the Amulet software in your Windows Media Center.
- The Amulet remote includes advanced position sensing technology, which means that Amulet only listens when you talk to it, not when you’re chatting with friends or family. Amulet understands your commands and ignores your conversations
The box is well packaged and contains the remote control, some paperwork, a CD, cable, battery and USB dongle.
And we all know how much Diehard likes to see things next to an iPhone for size reasons, so here you are!
As you can see, the more is quite large, but I don’t see that as a problem.
You can learn more from the Amulet website.
And you see a video of it in action here:
And stay tuned for the UWHS hands-on review coming soon.
The Amulet Voice Remote retails for $259 and is available now in the US through the website and will be released in Europe early in the 4th quarter of 2010.