When we last touched on the topic of Windows SideShow, Asustek
was showing off its W5Fe
"dual-screen" notebook. In addition to the traditional 12.1"
screen for typical everyday use, the notebook also features a second LCD
display on the LCD cover to access information like calendar data, emails,
music and pictures. All of this can be done without actually booting up the
laptop which saves battery power.
It looks as though more companies are jumping onto the
SideShow bandwagon and two new Windows Vista Media Center remotes have been announced
which take advantage of the technology.
has announced its RF-based SideLink remote which enables user to navigate
through music albums, video clips, photographs as well as schedule recording
and access EPG data directly from the remote. All of this can be done without
booting up your PC to the Windows desktop.
Over at Engadget
is yet another new SideShow remote. Ricavision's SideShow remote is both
infrared and Bluetooth Class 1 capable device with a range of 100 meters. The
remote features a 2.5" QVGA display and comes with a USB RC6 (IR) and
Bluetooth Class 1 receiver. The Ricavision remote will set you back $200 when
it hits the market in April of next year.