A remote control, game controller, VOIP phone, and mouse in one

By | January 12th, 2009

This is a guest article written by Emma Best from laptopical.com, a guide to the latest gadgets and best laptops. They also have a twitter account, so follow them here

Who says innovation in desktops is dead? Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre A600 takes “all in one” to a whole new level. It’s got lots of nifty technology features, but one stands out – the remote control. What multimedia PC today is complete without a remote control? What about a motion-based game controller (think Nintendo Wii)? What about a VOIP phone handset, or mouse you can use in mid-air?

a600 A remote control, game controller, VOIP phone, and mouse in one

The A600 includes all these features in one nifty little device.

Similar to the Nintendo Wii’s controllers, the A600’s remote is motion sensitive and combines all the above mentioned features into one unit. Play motion games (it appears at least a tennis game might be included), call out over VOIP, play music & movies, and mouse around Windows without getting up from your chair or even setting the device on a mouse-pad.

On closer inspection, it looks like you might need to clear room on your coffee table for this technological wonder. The remote looks to be rather long, with a combination of playback controls, alphanumeric keys (similar to a cell phone), Windows multimedia features, and maybe even some programmable buttons. Maybe this could even function as a back scratcher!

You might also appreciate the HD 1080p compatible 21.5” LCD display with 1920×1080 pixels. Built into what looks like a stylish LCD TV is an array of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, optional ATI discrete graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 1TB in storage. While you may not get all the hot features for the starting price of $999, that certainly is a nice price to get into such a well rounded, stylish machine.

Like some of Lenovo’s other systems, this model includes their Veriface feature. This allows you to login to Windows using only face recognition via a webcam. But be careful – your face can be faked. An optional Blu-ray player, integrated subwoofer, and available WiFi round out this truly all-in-one machine.

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    I have never thought of having Voip Phones inside remote controls before, it make perfect sense really. It’s great to see the motion sensor technology be used for something other then video games, this could be a revolution for home computers.

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    Also It has recently been possile to carry Video alongwith VoIP by using low payload video codecs. I cannot resist to tell you that by using T.38 passthrough and disabling VAD VoIP can carry FAX transmission, but beaware FAX T.38 passthrough will only work when using wide band protocols such as G.711, a-Law and u-Law.

    By using ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) which converts VoIP signals into traditional PSTN you can also using Dial-up modems to connect to various dialup services. I wont go in to the details what VoIP can offer, to cut my story short VoIP is a must to have product for every business and individual.

    How VoIP Works

    When we make a VoIP call, a communication channel is established between caller and called party over IP (Internet Protocol) which runs on top of computer data networks. A telephony conversation that takes place over VoIP are converted into binary data packets streams in real time and transmitted over data network, when these data packets arrive at the destination these are again converted into standard telephony conversation. This whole process of voice conversion into data, transmission and data conversion into back voice conversation takes place within less than few milliseconds. That is how a VoIP is call is transmitted over data networks. I hope that now you understand basics of how a VoIP call takes place.

    What are speech codec's and what role codec plays in VoIP?

    Speech codec play a vital role in VoIP and codec determines the quality and cost of the call. Let me explain you what exactly VoIP codec’s are and how they work. You may have heard about data compression, or probably you have heard about air compressor which compresses a volume of air in enclosed container, VoIP codec’s are no different than a air compressor. Speech codec’s compresses voice into data packets and decompresses it upon arrival at destination. Some VoIP codec’s can compress huge amount of voice while maintaining QoS which means use this type of codec will cost less because it will consume just a fraction of data network. Some codec’s are just not capable of encoding huge amount of voice they simply consume huge amount of data networks bandwidth hence the cost goes up.

    Following is a list of VoIP codec’s along with how much data network bandwidth they consume.

    * AMR Codec
    * BroadVoice Codec 16Kbps narrowband, and 32Kbps wideband
    * GIPS Family – 13.3 Kbps and up
    * GSM – 13 Kbps (full rate), 20ms frame size
    * iLBC – 15Kbps,20ms frame size: 13.3 Kbps, 30ms frame size
    * ITU G.711 – 64 Kbps, sample-based Also known as alaw/ulaw
    * ITU G.722 – 48/56/64 Kbps ADPCM 7Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.722.1 – 24/32 Kbps 7Khz audio bandwidth (based on Polycom's SIREN codec)
    * ITU G.722.1C – 32 Kbps, a Polycom extension, 14Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.722.2 – 6.6Kbps to 23.85Kbps. Also known as AMR-WB. CELP 7Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.723.1 – 5.3/6.3 Kbps, 30ms frame size
    * ITU G.726 – 16/24/32/40 Kbps
    * ITU G.728 – 16 Kbps
    * ITU G.729 – 8 Kbps, 10ms frame size
    * Speex – 2.15 to 44.2 Kbps
    * LPC10 – 2.5 Kbps
    * DoD CELP – 4.8 Kbps

    Switch to VoIP Today and you will never want to use traditional PSTN ever again.



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