Acer launch clear.fi

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Posted May 27, 2010 by Thomas Shambler in Featured

Want to know how much information was created in 2008? 3,892,179,868,480,350,000,000 bits of the stuff. That’s not too shabby. But in 2012, that number is expected to quadruple thanks to all the Facebook pics and YouTube vids we love to create.

Content is key, and how we access and use that data is a big issue, especially with the number of mobiles, tablets, cameras and PCs we use daily.

So Acer built clear.fi, a cross between a data management system and media player. The idea is simple; take a picture with your smartphone and the moment you come home it will  be available on your laptop. Just finished editing a video on your touchscreen PC, then you can stream it right to your TV.

It’s a novel idea, and if it works as planned could change the way we enjoy movies, music and look at content (Facebook on the loo, anyone?).

The clear.fi system will be on all new Acer products, including its touchscreen PC line, notebooks, smartphones and future tablets. Boot it up, and you’ll be shown what each device currently sharing on the network. From the Boxxee-like console, you can then browse any videos, images, music on any of your connected devices.

You will be able to share content, or transfer saved files from one device to another with the click of a button. The same goes for looking at pictures and video.

Acer were keen to point out that the clear.fi interface will actually be the same on each device being used. That means your mobile, tablet and PC will all display the same content in the same way.

At the base of clear.fi, is the Acer Revo media centre. This little box can store up to 6TB of data (but ships with 1.5TB built-in) and will record HD TV or play any vids, pics and music you might have stored on its hard drive. The Revo comes packed with a wireless remote with a full QWERTY keypad. The little black box connects to your bigscreen via HDMI

Acer also introduced a few new products now running the clear.fi interface, including an Android-running smartphone dubbed the Acer Stream, and an e-reader named the LumiRead.

We also got a sneak peek at a ‘colour-reader’ which was essentially a tablet PC with full QWERTY. More on that when we get our mits on it.


About the Author

Thomas Shambler

Editor of Stuff in the Middle East. Known for his witty reviews and insightful comments on some of the world’s coolest kit, he is responsible for putting together the magazine, testing the newest tech, and writing features at the laser-cut edge of the gadget world. Thomas also makes regular broadcast appearances during which he gives friendly advice and warns the world of the impending robot Armageddon.

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