March 10, 2010
Amulet Devices is on a real mission – to make technology simple to use. While many technology companies make that claim, Amulet Devices seeks to take it to a new level by creating devices that are completely voice controlled:
“We believe that voice is the panacea for control of many types of end-user devices.”
The Dublin-based company designs, manufactures, and licenses remote controls and Natural User Interface technologies that allow voice control of Microsoft Media Center-based home entertainment systems and other home automation devices.
To get a real sense of the power behind Amulet’s technology, watch this video from the company’s site. Essentially, its special remote control acts as a microphone that transmits your voice commands to the center, allowing you to do everything from selecting songs, movies, and saved television programs by name, navigate the TV guide by voice, skip ads or skip to any part of a show, and most interesting, teach the device to control other audiovisual equipment.
The anticipated retail price of the device is $249 and you can pre-order at this time. You must already own Microsoft Windows Media Center and, since it uses a wireless USB receiver to connect to the media center, you’ll also need a free external USB 2.0 port.
Amulet Devices will be one of the many start-ups showcased at the TECH cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday presented by Microsoft BizSpark and Volusion. The company is a finalist in the 2010 SXSW Accelerator program.
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