Kaleidescape: For the Movie Geek Who Has It All
Do you have a DVD collection so large that you have trouble finding a place to keep them all? Would you like instant, one-touch access to those movies from any room in your house, without toting around the discs? And do you have enough spare cash lying around to purchase a well-equipped sports sedan?
Then Kaleidescape has got a product for you!
The Kaleidescape System is a unique product that lets you rip your DVDs onto a central server, inside which can reside up to twelve 300GB hard drives. That’s a total storage capacity of 3.6 terabytes, and if that’s not enough for you (Kaleidescape claims that you can fit 400 DVDs in there), you can always cluster multiple Kaleidescape servers together until your disk space needs are met.
To get your DVDs into the server, you use another component, the DVD Reader. This device rips an exact copy of the DVD onto the server, with no additional compression applied (so there’s no degredation of the picture or audio). Then, to watch whatever you’ve stored on your server, you use the final component, the Movie Player. You hook a Movie Player to any TV in the house that you want to stream content from your server to, and then hook all the components together using standard Fast Ethernet cabling.
Once it’s all set up, you can seamlessly stream any movie in your collection to any Movie Player-equipped TV in the house. The whole thing can be controlled by a home theater control panel, learning remote, or even a Web browser, allowing you to control and configure the system over a home network.
And the price? A cool $27,000 to start — and it goes up from there as you add disks, Movie Players, and so forth. So it’s probably out of the reach of Normal People for a while. But it’s an interesting glimpse into how we’ll probably all be interacting with home media in ten or fifteen years.