The hacks keep coming…Brandon Holland has created a VNC server hack for the new AppleTV which allows you to control the box via remote desktop.  You could even theoretically use a VNC client like Screens on your iPad.

Finished a quick and dirty vnc server plugin for the 2G that I call “Exposed”. It’s method for getting screen data isn’t great and lacks some effects and animation, but it does work without HDMI plugged in. So if you want to try it out, grab Exposed and place it in the Lowtide Appliances directory. I think it is also important to note that this does require a jailbroken AppleTV 2G running Dustin Howett’s beigelist.