mobile platform has certainly been getting its fair share of attention lately.
In addition to the many Android smartphones that were demoed at CES
, there were also other
Android-based devices to be seen. Take Funai Electric Co's universal remote
control, for instance. Based on Android, the I-Remote was first demoed at CES
This multifunctional multimedia device runs on Android 1.5.
It features a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen. After you select the name of a TV
manufacturer on the menu screen, you'll see an operation panel for the TVs that
are made by that manufacturer.
The I-Remote has a Wi-Fi module that provides access to the
Internet. Thanks in part to its large display, the remote can also be used as a
digital photo frame that shows pictures and movies stored on an SD card.
The remote can also be used as a DLNA (Digital Living
Network Alliance) client for a home network to play movie clips stored on a networked
PC on a TV. In the future, Funai is considering adding a video-conference
function based on Skype.
Funai plans to release the I-Remote sometime this year for less