09 Jan NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017

At this year’s CES 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company’s future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates […]

13 Jun Industry Analyst Perspectives On The Apple WWDC 2016 Keynote

(Photo credit: Patrick Moorhead) I was in-person and live at Apple’s WWDC keynote in San Francisco. The following are my quick takeaways from the event. Watch and watchOS: Apple is focusing on exactly what they should be with watchOS, and that’s speed, ease of use and upping the ante in health and fitness. With the first […]

11 Jun What Apple *Should* Talk About At WWDC

Tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco to attend WWDC. You have probably seen 50 articles predicting what Apple will announce at WWDC. What I’d like to talk about is what I think Apple should announce or discuss at the conference. Image credit: Apple Improve and expand Siri Siri was first out with a mobile agent, but Microsoft Cortana, Google Voice/Now/On […]

04 Sep Apple TV: What Features Should It Have?

Over the past 25 years, I have personally used no less than 25 DMAs (digital media adapters) or some sort of digital electronics connected to or inside my TVs. I have used 10 of the 25 in the last five years as the experience, content and technology is slowly but surely improving. The first 15 […]

29 May Google And Nvidia Shield Kick Off The Latest Fight For Cord-Cutting Living Room Electronics

I’ve been connecting digital devices to my TVs for over 25 years now and outside of a few devices, interactivity has been a “less than perfect” experience. Devices either did too little, did too much, were hard to use and setup, didn’t have the right content or just didn’t have staying power to be relied […]

26 Apr NVIDIA SHIELD: What You May Not Understand About The New 4K Streamer

In the consumer space, NVIDIA has dedicated much of the last four years building up their gaming footprint by investing to improve the overall gaming experience, wherever the gamer wants to game. NVIDIA is currently delivering leadership products and technologies in gaming tablets, handheld gaming, the highest-end gaming PCs and cloud gaming. The gaming console eluded NVIDIA […]

10 Jul RESEARCH PAPER: Wireless Technologies for Home Automation

Simply put, there are too many choices for today’s low-end mainstream1 and DIY2 consumer when it comes to connecting the new breed of Home Automation (HA) equipment. With the plethora of thermostats, lights, locks and consumer friendly HA devices hitting the market from Nest, Philips, Belkin, Honeywell, Insteon, Schlage and others, it has become increasingly difficult […]

13 May Why Is Intel Investing In Big Media?

Since Intel INTC +0.84%’s Erik Huggers got on stage at D’s Dive Into Media announcing details of their media strategy, there has been a lot of conversation on why Intel is doing it and if they will succeed. Some of it has been high valueconversation, some it is a bit uninformed. It’s easy to criticize Intel if you consider Intel’s ViiV, […]

18 Feb Intel Set-Top Box Camera Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing

Last Tuesday, Erik Huggers, Intel‘s corporate vice president of Intel Media,  announced at D:Dive Into Media that Intel is building a set top box and pay TV service that includes live TV.  Huggers talked about the service which will most likely include friendlier bundling and also about the living-room device itself, which will operate more like a 21st century […]

17 Aug Why do Products like the Google Nexus Q Launch?

At Google’s I/O developer conference in June, Google boldly announced the Nexus Q, a $299 streaming music sphere.  Last week, Google stopped selling the Nexus Q and cancelled all consumer pre-orders, saying buyers would get the unit for free.  It appeared obvious to just about everyone except Google that the Nexus Q value proposition was incredibly weak.  […]

17 Jul Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for the industrial design of consumer products and their mice, keyboards, and even buttons. I conducted other research for […]

14 Feb Future iPads Will Cannibalize TVs

As ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, we know absolutely “nothing” about the iPad 3 right now.  While pontificating about future Apple products is a lot of fun, drives many page views and makes web site editors very happy, it’s  just a pontification factory.  At some point in the near future, the iPad will have a better display and will be lighter than its […]

19 Jan How the Apple iTV is Accelerated by Samsung

Back in September, I wrote an analysis on why Apple should build an HDTV.   The premise was that there are huge experiential issuesApple could solve and they could strike a deal with the MSO’s and satellite companies.   That was a big premise, but ironically with what Samsung showed at CES, it’s apparent Samsung will accelerate the likelihood […]

17 Jan How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG showed at CES, I believe that Sony could actually beat both of them for ease of interaction […]

10 Jan Samsung & LG Validate Microsoft’s Living Room Interaction Model

Microsoft launched Kinect back in November 2010 in a  move to change the man-to-machine interface between the consumer to their living room content.  While incredibly risky, the gamble paid off in the fastest selling consumer device, ever.  I saw the potential after analyzing the usage models and technology for a few months after Kinect launch and […]

20 Dec Voice Control Will Disrupt the Living Room

In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in September that Apple should build a TV given the lousy experience and Apple’s ability to fix big user challenges. […]

02 Sep Why Apple Should Build a TV

While I don’t believe it, to many, it appears that Apple has already won the smartphone and tablet wars, so the next logical conclusion is “what’s next”. Many articles about the Apple in the TV business rumors (not to be confused with the “hobbyist” Apple TV) focus on what a lousy business TVs are or questioning if Apple […]

02 Jul The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

10 Mar Digital Media Adapters Part 13- Product Segmentation and Conclusion

Two and a half months ago when I started the DMA (Digital Media Adapter) for Living Room series, I had no idea how complex and difficult this would be. The sheer number of devices, content, and usage models was daunting. To boot, I don’t blog or evaluate products for a living, so much of this […]

03 Mar Digital Media Adapters Part 12 – HTPC Conclusion

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So far, I have looked at the AMD Fusion Theater PC (FTPC) on a wide variety of content, including video,music, pictures and games. I’d like to close out the AMD FTPC section of the living room DMA series by discussing some of the other variables compared to the other DMAs. Networking The AMD FTPC comes standard with a […]