Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid in Windows

I recently purchased an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid, on the basis of it having great Mac OS X software (EyeTV).

In a brief reboot to Windows tonight, I discovered that the Elgato device is recognised as a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-900. They even look identical, except for the paint-job!

Device Details as seen from WinTV32:
Model 65018 Rev. B2C0
Serial #4027230016
Tuner Model/Formats: Xceive XC3028 // (BG/I/DK) / DVB-T
Tuner Audio: Mono
Video Formats: NTSC ( M 443 ) PAL ( B G H I D K M N NCOMBO ) SECAM ( L L' )
Audio Outputs: Internal
External Inputs: 2
S-Video Inputs: 1
Radio: None
Decoder: TVP5150A
IR: Yes

Of course tuner audio "mono" refers to analog reception only, with DTT it just plays the source bitstream so it is more likely to be joint stereo or stereo.

Even though I rarely reboot to Windows, I would have purchased the Elgato with a lot less hesitation had I known in advance. If your intrested check out The Register's excellent review.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Blogging my Final Year Project

Over the next eight months (two semesters) this catagory is going to be used as a public record of my Final Year Project for my degree course at the Dundalk Insititue of Technology, Ireland.

I intend to implement a "Semantic Web" application, after a semseter of research. I would also like to include a J2ME/JSR 82 Bluetooth application for exploring swapping of FOAF-style data.

I'll be linking class mates blogs in the near future, as they get set

Update: Blogging of my final year project is actually happening over on a blogspot page.