Originally Posted by solipsism
A bit off topic, but one thing Ive been wanting for years is a standardized way for TVs to act as passthroughs for the IR sensor and now a camera. Not unlike PC monitors. It would be nice to a FaceTime camera on any number of TVs Apple seems to be dropping iSight to market the new term that could be used by the AppleTV or other media extender appliances or HTPCs as the user sees fit.
Woz, when he left Apple, started a company called Cloud 9.
His first product was Tyron -- A small device that attached to any remote and amplified the IR signal and beamed it in every direction. You did not need to point the remote at the TV, VCR, Stereo, etc.
His second product was an universal, programmable (and a lot more) remote called Core. Core was an Apple //c in a handheld device about the size of a remote.
It could learn from other remotes, be manually programmed (with its keys) or connected to a computer and programmed with a computer app. It even had an SDK.
The Core included the amplified, multi-directional IR signal of the Tyron. It also included an LCD display, clock, timers and a scripting language.
For example you could easily program the Core to Turn on your VCR, rewind the Tape, switch the channel and record for 30 minutes starting at 9:00 PM on Tuesday...
Quite advanced for its time.
AIR, the Core cost $99.http://www.ktronicslc.com/core.html
As to a camera and FaceTime on the large screen -- be careful what you wish for!
See my post related to Kinect at:http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...86#post1777386