Dave Mathews is the “user experience guy” at boxee and a consumer product expert, specializing in the convergence of digital entertainment devices. He holds more than thirty U.S. patents and has appeared on more than 300 television shows. Dave spoke to us at Gnomedex about boxee.
boxee has developed the first “social” media center. It plays media from your computer and other devices in your home network, as well as connects you to various Internet sources that allow you to stream or download movies, tv shows, music and photos. Using boxee, you can also share with your friends what albums you’re listening to, what movies and TV shows you’re watching, send recommendations and more.
boxee is designed to work with a remote control (it looks great on a big screen TV), but you can also control it using your keyboard. Once installed, boxee will start scanning your local Movies, Music and Pictures folders automatically. boxee will attempt to pull in artwork, reviews, and more from your media, so browsing your library becomes more useful and fun than looking at a list of files.
boxee is currently in alpha testing, which means it still has lots of bugs, crashes and some usability issues. Development is ongoing, and the final result will be well worth waiting for.
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