When Andrew Macdonald was asked to design a product for a high school
class, he went above and beyond the call of duty -- not only did he dream up a piece of kick-ass kit, but he took the next step and made it reality. Taking cues from his Xbox (and doing away with the front-facing lights that drive him to distraction on his current DVR) this bad boy is passively cooled, features the usual HTPC
connections (HDMI, optical and coax S/PDIF, eSATA, and USB) as well as 802.11n WiFi and a hot-swappable drive bay. Under the hood, one finds a 1.6GHz Atom 330 with NVIDIA ION graphics, 4GB memory, and the OS (a custom Windows XP hack running Boxee Beta) runs on its own internal flash drive. Things have certainly changed since we were in school, when our home entertainment experience usually amounted to taping Rebel High
off of USA Up All Night
. Check out the gallery and video (after the break) to see this thing in all its glory.
Watchbox media center by Andrew Macdonald