Home Theater Keyboard Connectivity

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 11:03
Category: Peripheral

Home Theater keyboard connectivitySofa computing and Web surfing represent the next technology frontier in need of innovative products. With Airport and Airport Express routers, the Mrs. and I often use our respective PowerBooks in front of a Pioneer plasma TV in the den each evening. Of course, the HDTV has a computer input, and we’ve been hoping Apple will unleash a stripped down PowerBook-style Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the coffee table. It would be perfect to control a Mac mini in a home entertainment system. Read more…


Sofa computing and Web surfing represent the next technology frontier in need of innovative products. With Airport and Airport Express routers, the Mrs. and I often use our respective PowerBooks in front of a Pioneer plasma TV in the den each evening. Of course, the HDTV has a computer input, and we’ve been hoping Apple will unleash a stripped down PowerBook-style Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the coffee table. It would be perfect to control a Mac mini in a home entertainment system.
But it would be really awesome to see an OS X update that would allow my existing PowerBook’s keyboard to switch to Bluetooth and then find and access the internal HD and Bluetooth receiver on a nearby Mac mini. With this built-in, ‘virtual’ (software based) KVM switch, Mac laptop owners could seamlessly move back and forth between the two computers.
Any thoughts? Might this be feasable? I think it’s a very cool idea.
For now, I’ll have to continue to use the Apple Wireless (Bluetooth) Keyboard and Mouse, two products that obviously work in the den, even though they are not really ergonomically designed for this use. Fortunately, we have a Mission-style sofa with an oak hardwood frame and flat, seven-inch wide armrests that (believe it or not) double as fairly convenient, built-in mouse-pads.
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