The remote control deserves a bit of an introduction as it has three way functionality, the upper keys, the lower deck qwerty keyboard on the backside, and then ... it functions as a wireless motion controller. So if you press that first button to the left a 'mouse' pointer will become available on your screen. Now if you move your hand left/right/up/down the pointer on the TV will move along with it.
It's the most bizarre thing to see and experience. Though not perfect is does work well. You move you hand to say an icon until the mouse pointer reaches it, and then with the middle button (underneath that red one) you press it, and load up the corresponding app.
Much like your android phone, you'll have five menu screens you can navigate through and install apps onto.
We stated it already, the device is not just a media player, it combines apps, internet, and a media streamer, all on your HDTV. Hence if you like to browse the web, seek something, need to fill out a NAS password, you flip around the remote control and can use it as a keyboard. Pretty handy alright.
So literally this is how you use the remote, there's a pointer on your screen, and by making gestures with your hand the pointer will navigate towards where you need it to be. Pressing the middle button like I do on the photo above will startup the corresponding application. So yeah, the RF remote is a keyboard, mouse and wireless motion controller all in one.
AC Ryan Veolo Review The market is continuously changing, the biggest trend last year where tablets, Android entered the market and that certainly changed the balance of smart phones. The concept proofs that you can do a lot of stuff with very little hardware, yet it remains intuitive. With that concept in mind AC Ryan started developing a new media hub slash player, in fact I shouldn't call it a media-player really as it is much more then that. The end product is called the Veolo.
The Veolo is AC Ryan's version of a media 'HUB' powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo).
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD 2 1TB review The interesting thing about the PlayOnHD series 2 media-players is that they come standard with the new and very much improved GUI but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) are now a thing of the past. That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And it makes all the difference. Meanwhile AC Ryan started to further improve on the PlayOn!HD 2 as you'll spot a USB 3.0 slave port which you can use to quickly play back from or transfer files.
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD 1TB and Mini review Today we test the Playon!HD 1TB and Playon!HD Mini with new updated firmware, both products are media streamers, they can sniff your network for photo's, music, but most of all these little kits are specialized high-definition content playback up-to 1080P, and that's where stuff gets interesting.