November 2009

November 2009

Out with the Apple TV - In with the Asus O!Play HDP-R1


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The name is not catchy, the box is plastic and the user interface is terrible.

But the Asus O!Play does one thing my Apple TV has never been able to do; it can access video files in different formats on my network attached hard disks (NAS) and display them on my TV.

I bought the Apple TV when it was first introduced and I'we gone trough all the versions from 1 to 3 but my Apple TV still does not do that one thing I expect it to do. I have also tried to install the XBMC media player among other things but it still comes up short.

The WiFi bathroom scale


Withings scale

The Withings WiFi bathroom scale may seem like a strange gadget and a far fetched use for WiFi but it makes sense. Withings offers its users a nice web interface for tracking measurements over time using fancy graphs - it measures weight and fat mass based on electrodes in the glass surface. As long as all users of the same scale have somewhat distinct characteristics, the scale automatically identifies its user.

...and there is also an iPhone application for accessing your data, complete with push notification.