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X10's Lola...Cheap Digital Music Networking

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Sharing digital music around the house. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Over the coming days we'll be looking at a variety of new devices on the market designed to let you take the digital music files stored on your computer... and listen to them through a TV or stereo system in another room in the house. Some of the new systems plug into existing networks... and can be used for a variety of file types. X10.com is using its own proprietary wireless connection... for the least expensive solution of the bunch... the Lola Music System. X10 VP Jeffrey Denenholz...

"Imagine if you had a media player interface on your computer and were able to see that also on your television screen and using a handheld remote you could scroll through your songs, by album, by artist, by genre. Pick whatever you wanted to play and do it all from the comfort of the living room using our 2.4 GHz wireless technology."

The best part about the Lola system is the price, under fifty dollars. The technology is not quite as sophisticated as others that turn your PC into a server...

"This is for the folks that aren't necessarily comfortable or know about server technology or wireless home networking technology. They just know they've got music on their computer, they don't want to listen to it through their computer speakers."

The system essentially transmits the video from your PC to a TV screen... and the audio to your stereo... and lets you control the music playback with a wireless remote. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.