Hi there - hope you had a great holiday and we're starting off CES this year a little early unveiling something we didn't announce at the Dec. 7th event - the Boxee Box has a full QWERTY keyboard on the remote! I'm at CES Unveiled for the rest of the evening so I will not be able to answer emails until after 8pm PST, but I will do my best to get back to you by the EOD today.
All the best, and hope to see you at the show! -- Andrew
Here's our blog post coinciding with CES Unveiled: blog.boxee.tv/2010/01/05/by-the-pricking-of-my-thumbs-something-awesome-this-way-comes
It's the first press event at CES and time to tease you before our big announcement on the 7th so here's a sneak peek of something about the Boxee Box that we didn't show off at the Boxee Beta Event in December.
The Boxee Box Remote - It's got a QWERTY keyboard! When we started designing the Boxee Box remote we wanted something simple like the 6-button Apple Remote. As we began adding features to the Beta it became obvious that for people to really get the most out of the box it was going to need to do more than just point and click. Rather than subject anyone to another on-screen keyboard we decided the Boxee Box should benefit from a full QWERTY keyboard like you might have on a mobile phone. So here it is - the first drawing shows Astro's original idea for the piece while the flat image below gives you a better idea of the near-final layout on the keyboard.
Boxee Box Remote Mock-Up
Stay tuned to the blog for posts later in the week detailing more hardware details about the Boxee Box by D-Link, more content partners, and another trick or two up our sleeve. If you're at the show, make sure to meet us on the show floor or at any of the other press events at the show.