Stylish new version of the voice-enabled Amulet Remote allows users to speak commands to their Windows 7 PCs.
The first official remote control-related press release from CES 2010 comes from Amulet Devices, an Irish company that you might remember from last year's CES coverage
when the company announced their first product, a voice-enabled remote that allowed users to talk to their computers.
This year the company has come up with a new version, dubbed the Windows 7 Amulet Voice Remote, which will ship this quarter and will retail for $249. The new model no longer looks like a traditional MCE remote (except in shocking blue), and now sports a super stylish and extra-shiny chrome appearance. The Amulet Remote allows users to simply speak to their computer for common tasks, such as selecting music tracks by the artist, starting a movie by saying its title, changing TV channels with the station name - even scheduling TV recording.
The original press release is provided below:
Amulet Launch 2nd Generation Voice-enabled Remote at CES
Amulet Devices are exhibiting in the new EHX area at CES 2010, Las Vegas, from 7-10 January.
Las Vegas, Tuesday 5 January 2010.
Amulet Devices will launch their new second generation voice-enabled Remote control for Windows Media Center at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, running from 7-10 January.
Fully compatible with Microsoft's new Windows 7 Media Center, as well as supporting existing Windows Vista users, the Amulet Remote uses simple voice commands to provide instant access to any media item in your digital library – music, television programs, movies, home videos and photos.
Building on the company's previous successful voice-enabled remote for Windows Vista, a CES i-stage nominee, the new product features a sleek new case design, improved voice capability and full IR learning capability.
CEO Garry McMullan said, "CES is the most important show we attend each year, and we can't wait to let visitors get some hands on experience with our new model. I know they'll be amazed."
President, Amulet Devices US Pat Lawless added, "The early feedback from customers who have previewed the new Amulet Remote has been exceptional, and demand is very high. This is the remote Media Center users have been waiting for."
In conjunction with product availability Amulet Devices are launching an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for a select number of end-users and resellers. Early adopters will have access to the newest Amulet® products and the opportunity to provide suggestions on the features of new products before they are released.
The Windows 7 Amulet Voice Remote is due to ship in Q1 2010 and will retail for $249. For more information, including demonstration videos, visit the company's website at www.amuletdevices.com.
About Amulet Devices
Founded in Dublin Ireland in 2007, Amulet Devices designs, manufactures and licenses technologies that add voice control to home entertainment and home automation systems, allowing simpler, more effective control of these systems by end users.
Amulet Devices is a Microsoft Partner and a member of the Microsoft BizSpark Program. The company is self funded with support from Enterprise Ireland. Corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland with their US office in Boise, Idaho.
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