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Home network Gateway

Primary media aggregator, distributes content to Nodes. DVR, TV tuner, Satellite Receiver, MP3/DVD/CD

  • records 60-80 hours video
  • HDTV compatible
  • three DSS satellite tuners
  • AC-3,S/PDIF, composite video
  • MP3, supports DVD/CD jukebox
  • 160GB IDE HDD
  • integrated Ethernet 10/100
  • 2 IEEE 1394 ports

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 concept was to incorporate as many existing production components as possible as well as multiple additional features. The enclosure was to be designed in sheetmetal and suitable for high volume manufacture. The bezel was to be made of machined aluminum and glass, coordinating well with ultra high-end AV gear.

Working closely with UltimateTV in-house engineers, Mechanistic developed a mechanical layout in Pro/ENGINEER, then designed a two-piece sheet-metal enclosure suitable for progressive die tooling complete with preliminary EMI details. The bezel was developed in parallel from sketches and sent out for machining. The “glass” was fabricated from acrylic. This project was completed on-time and on-budget!