updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu December 21, 2006
Philips Vista Remotes
Electronics giant Philips today posted early details of multiple Vista Media Center remotes built around Microsoft's future OS. The company plans both infrared remotes, for Vista Home Premium systems with built-in ports, as well as RF versions that will come bundled with USB adapters to add remote control to ordinary computers. Most significant of the remotes is the TINO (pictured at right), according to Philips: using a two-way RF transmitter, the TINO will echo the Ricavision remote by giving control over music playback on its built-in LCD even when the main computer screen or TV is shut off.
Also planned are an ExpressCard/54 remote for laptops and a USB infrarer receiver for using some of the firm's IR remotes with unequipped PCs. An official release date has not been set, though all of the remotes are anticipated for a launch close to Vista's January 30th release.