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Home Network Media Nodes

Wireless devices aggregate and distribute content throughout the home.

  • IR lens for remote control
  • S-Video Output
  • Composite Video Output
  • Stereo Audio Output
  • Single PCI Slot
  • Serial Port
  • sleek, modern design

Part of Microsoft’s Home of the Future vision statement from 1999.Excerpted from the July, 1999 press release:

…PC-based software will combine with a new generation of wireless networks, smart devices and intelligent appliances to bring a wealth of new digital products into every home,” Gates said. The following developments are among the highlights of Gates’ presentation:

  • A high-speed wireless home network that enables users to play music and videos or display family photographs, anywhere they want on any intelligent device
  • Windows Media(tm) Audio player, which downloads twice as fast as MP3 and has double the music storage, plus powerful anti-piracy protection
  • The evolution of WebTV Network(tm) service with on-demand programming, personalized viewing, Web-enhanced content and powerful communications built in
  • The next generation of gaming, offering online competition with voice interaction, immersive audio, unmatched 3-D graphics and the option of parental control

Check out this circa 1999 concept video from Microsoft.

The driving constraint for this project was size, the media node had to be as small as possible. The look had to be consistent with the machined aluminum and glass motif defined in the rest of the line.

Working closely with WebTV engineers Mechanistic determined that the main PCB could be as small as 8″ square with the possible addition of a daughter card later. Allowing space for this potential addition, Mechanistic created a mechanical layout of all components, including a mini HDD and a PCI riser card. Mechanistic devised an innovative cooling solution using two miniature axial fans side by side to conserve headroom. This project was completed on time and on budget!