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Piixl announces Edgecenter successor

Francois-Xavier Gardes discusses the Jetpack
Fri Dec 06 2013, 15:37

HIGH END COMPUTER MAKER Piixl has announced the successor to the TV mounted Edgecenter PC.

The Jetpack, which is due for release early next year, is specifically designed for use in the living room and can be either wall mounted or hooked behind a flat screen television.

Francois-Xavier Gardes of Piixl told The INQUIRER, "We'd like to think about the Jetpack as a 100 percent integrated and 100 percent hackable machine.

"The machine is designed to be unobtrusive, quiet, virtually invisible and yet blends in the fastest components available and and perfect compatibility with any components rom the general PC hardware ecosystem. So we're somewhere betwen geek-chic and hardcore-geek."

The Jetpack has been designed to be compatible with Windows, but also the new SteamOS, giving gamers the opportunity to play a huge number of games on the big screen from the comfort of their sofa, with a large library of readymade games available at launch.

The device is designed to support high end components, with 500W of thermal capacity and a series of whisper quiet fans.

Gardes added, "We rely on an exclusive variant of high tech centrifugal fans that were recently developed in Japan. We developed the machine in Taipei with some very savvy high-density-computing experts. We run quiet, cool, without warming up the TV to which we're attached, and actually without even disrupting the eventual natural air convection that might be occurring inside the TV!"

The Jetpack has a wide range of connections and ports that have been positioned so they are easily accessible without dismounting the unit. Some details are still to be confirmed, however Gardes and his team are very keen to ensure that every conceivable way of interacting with the device has been considered.

Gardes added, "I think the Valve controller will be an awesome product and we'll definitely aim to include it, along with a very smart lap keyboard / mouse for Windows gamers that might not want to give up their current controllers.

"We're also really active on the field on natural interfaces for the 10-feet-experience, and how to best use motion-sensing and voice recognition technologies in that framework."

Piixl will launch the Jetpack on New Years Day 2014, and while it has yet to announce final specifications and pricing, Piixl is aiming to ship during the first quarter of 2014. We'll get a machine as soon as they start shipping, so you can expect a Jetpack review early next year. µ


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