Accessing Gadgets from the Windows Vista PC lets the VAVE display weather, news, email, and more.
December 04, 2007 by Ben Hardy
Despite Vista’s tumultuous journey into (and out of) PCs nation-wide, Vista SideShow-enabled devices like Ricavision’s VAVE100 Universal Remote are still being released with some regularity, if not frequency. Must be there is a lot of faith in Gadgets, those go-getters of information accessed from a Windows Vista PC by SideShow devices like the VAVE100. It’s the SideShow technology that turns this higher-end remote into something that’s just enough “more” to be worth considering.
And at $299, it had better be a little more. Good thing it is. Not only will it control up to 20 devices via IR over 50ft, the VAVE allows Macro functionality and has a learning feature for programmable control. It also has a 2.4 inch color QVGA LCD display and Bluetooth Class 1 SPP/A2DP connectivity. The VAVE is designed for control of the home’s Windows Media Center and all the recorded TV, photos, and video to be found there.
It’s the SideShow thing that puts this remote over the top. Accessing Gadgets from the Windows Vista PC lets the VAVE display weather, news, email, and all the other information made available through Gadget wizardry. This is one remote that might be worth fighting over. $25 instant rebate applies to pre-orders made before 02/29/08.
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Between watching re-runs of the The Jetsons and convincing his Insteon and Z-Wave controls to get along, Ben Hardy is immersed in the world of home automation, home control, and home networking.
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