From MPEG to TV with minimum hassle

Written by Brett Thomas

January 6, 2006 | 07:36

Tags: #hdd #mobile-video

One of the most ingenious home theater items that I have seen on display so far completely bypasses the need for an HTPC in a jiffy. Argosy Technology has created a USB device that also allows for an RCA out hookup.

The device, currently marketed as Mobile Video HDD, is technically an external USB hard disk enclosure. The product is available with storage capacity from 160GB up to 500GB, and features a built in menu navigation system and remote control (which, when not in use, attaches securely under the base of the unit).

If you have video that you would like to transport somewhere but would rather not waste the time or media to burn it all to DVD, you can simply copy the files to the Mobile Video HDD. Once loaded with MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and AVI files, you can take only the drive with you and plug it into their TV using one of the many styles of video-out ports on the back of the unit. The drive is pre-loaded with a simple-to navigate OS, which can be controlled just like a Media PC via the included remote. Copying of files to it is drag-and-drop, just like any other USB drive.

The product will be available in Europe around the end of the month, though a US debut will be slightly behind. We hope it won't be too long, though, as there are many uses for this!

I personally think that this is one of the most brilliant little ideas I've seen in a while. Got a thought of your own? Drag and Drop it into our forums.

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