As stoked as we are about getting SideShow for our laptops -- even despite the fact that it'll add a little extra girth to our lappies' bodies -- when we found out from CE Pro that at the Media Center Boot Camp at EHX this week, Microsoft showed off a SideShow dev kit for Media Center remotes (and any other small device you might want to have a screen), well, that about did us in. Microsoft expects SideShow-enabled Media Center remotes, which have user-installable "gadgets" (small XML-driven widgets for different purposes), should be available for about $150-$200. That ain't too bad, but unfortunately they're not bundling touchscreen support, so you're gonna have to find another smart remote solution if that's what you're looking for in your next media controller.

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