I don’t normally write about products I haven’t tried myself, and it feels weird posting about something that isn’t technically even available yet. But this one seems too good to ignore.
If you use a home theater PC, whether it’s NUC-based or not, then you’ve probably experienced the frustration of finding a “just right” interface for it. It seems whichever UI you pick, it’s missing something you want. Frustrating. I’ve settled on Kodi for mine, and while I’m happy with it overall, it’s missing a few things I’d like to have. Getting the big streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, for example. Youtube works in it sometimes, but apparently never when I actually want it to.
So imagine my excitement when I heard about HomeBase Hub. If you’ve never heard of it, I’m not surprised as it isn’t available…yet. To get an idea of what HomeBase Hub is all about, check out their web page here. Go on, I’ll wait. And be sure to watch the video.
Back? Now tell me that’s not cool. It takes the “hub” idea and runs with it. It acts as a central point for all your geeky stuff; HTPC, security cameras, video conferencing, live TV, etc. It wraps them all in an attractive, elegant, and simple interface. Best of all, they’re building it into a NUC. By partnering with SimplyNUC they’ll make it easy to buy a complete system you can plug in and start using right away. It’ll include Plex, for all you “plexers” out there. By working with SiliconDust, they’ll have some of the best whole house tuner options you can find. And by working directly with Intel and the NUC team, they should be able to ensure everything runs smoothly out of the box.
From what I’ve seen there seems to be a lot of thought and experience behind this project, and what they’re developing is promising. Personally, I can’t wait to get my grubby little mitts on it and see how close the reality is to the dream. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed…except when I’m typing.