With the Boxee Box being crowned ‘Last Gadget Standing’ at CES last night, the ball will certainly start rolling for Team Boxee in the coming months.
The award is decided by a live demonstration and voted on via crowd applause at the event each year. It seems that “the box” narrowly beat the Plastic Logic’s Que e-reader and the Intel Reader, both of which scan text and reads it aloud.
In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, Boxee Box connects to a TV and allows viewing of Internet TV content, your own local network stored content and the sharing & recommending of that content to your friends.
With Tegra 2 powering the Boxee Box you can:
- Enjoy a fluid and responsive user interface that is similar to the UI performance up till now available only on full blown PCs
- Play 1080p video from locally stored content and stream HD video content from the Internet
- Play Adobe® Flash® 10.1 content from across the web, including HD content
More inside the Box:
- RF chip by Nordic – to support a great remote control experience that is not dependent on line-of-sight and can work from anywhere in the house
- 802.11N wireless chip by Broadcom
What’s not in the Box:
- No hard-drive – We discussed hard-drive at length with D-Link, and figured people already have storage solutions, and that we should do our best to reduce the price of the Boxee Box. You’ll be able to connect your choice of storage devices directly to the Box using USB
- No IR – While we realize many people are using universal remotes, we believe there is a greater benefit having a full QWERTY keyboard, and the right way to do that was RF. We really wanted to also support IR, for various reasons we could not get it as part of the build. We continue supporting this in software, so you can use any IR dongle and continue using your universal remote with Boxee.
So, this will definitely bring the power of Boxee to the masses with no need for a PC, Mac, or Linux machine. For those that require or need a full PC and Internet surfing capabilities, then you can still install the Boxee program on your own PC, Mac or Linux machine. Some of the best and most popular solutions include: Acer Revo 3610, AsRock N330, Dell Zino HD and the Mac Mini.
As Boxee Beta developed, it will change the way we all see and get TV and movie content. AS more and more this content is streamed via the Internet, Boxee may be the next faze of a new generation of TV viewers.