Intel's Viiv and the Kapsel Media Center
You have to hand it to Intel. Their runaway success with the branding of their Centrino mobile technology platform (basically a reference design/chipset for WiFi/Network/Video/Sound/Processor) has given birth to the Intel Viiv brand (pronounced “VIIVe” like Vibe with a “v”). Viiv PCs will offer Windows XP Media Center and bring new technologies like Intel’s Quick Resume technology, 7.1 surround sound and guaranteed HD video playback in a dual-core processor design that will offer a quieter solution than many on the market today. One of my favorite features is the ability to put the PC into a low-power state, where it appears to be off, but can continue to record TV, with Media Center at the helm.
Those in the know have discovered the coolest Media Center designs come from europe. Kapsel’s just-annonced Viiv-based Media Center is one such PC. I affectionately call it the “Mentos Media Center” because the design straight-on looks like the mint confection, chipped away to unveil a black licorice center. You can also position it horizontally, vertically, or even mount on a wall.
The picture is a bit deceptive- visit Kapsel’s site for a more front-on picture. It is a bit on the thick side but it has promise. I would like to see at least a small TFT display on the front or side, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
The Kapsel is slated to go into production first quarter of 2006, price has not yet been disclosed.