Originally Posted by gooki
What I'd look at is a media center that has a web based control system, and a light tablet running a web browser. This way your OS independent to a large extent, and future upgrades should only apply to the htpc/seerver and not the tablet.
Looks like XBMC already has it, so chance are media portal will as well.http://www.xbmc.org/wiki/index.php?t..._Web_Interface
The only problem I have with a web-based solution is the lack of a really solid GUI and the likely absence of multi-touch functionality.
Mainlobby also has a nice web-based app that even works on an iPhone. However, the GUI is very limited and can't be custom skinned very easily.
Then again, maybe it's good enough for the media browsing I'm looking for.
Perhaps combine a simple web-based front-end with cubesys' new iPhone Remote project. If he can manage to port his powerful app to the new Apple tablet, we might have a real winner. (it's a full-control app for your entire HT).
I just posted in his thread asking if he's considered a MacOS port for that very reason... my fingers are now crossed.
If I can control every aspect of my home automation and A/V, as well as browse all of my media and surf the web, all in a single thin and light tablet, at a reasonable price
, then I may be finished with my search.
At this point, I'm leaning toward this as my solution:
1. HTPC Runs 7MC, VLC, and AnydvdHD
2. Buy 1 Apple Tablet
3. Buy 1 GC Gateway w/ IR, IP, and RS232 interfaces.
4. Install cubsys' new Apple controller application on tablet and both family iPhones.
5. Install Cinemar software and/or use web-apps on each device.
The big problem with this solution would be cost...
- the tablet alone is rumored to be $800+tax.
- The GC Gateway is roughly $135.
- The software is... a lot.
Hmmm... back to my search.