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The Apple TV is one of the few products in Apple's lineup that doesn't include an integrated camera, but that may change with future versions of the hardware, according to new job listings from the company, potentially paving the way for gesture-based motion controls in the living room.


Camera-equipped Apple TV concept via Brightcove.


Mentions of camera support for Apple TV were discovered this week by AppleInsider in a handful of advertised available positions for Apple's Camera Software team. The listings reveal that the team builds capture and camera foundation across "all of Apple's innovative products," and goes on to include the currently camera-less Apple TV alongside camera-equipped devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Job titles include Camera Algorithms Developer, Camera Tuning Framework Engineer, Media System Performance Engineer. Qualified candidates must have experience working with camera capture frameworks.

Though Apple TV doesn't currently have a camera, Apple's purchase of PrimeSense has hinted to some that camera-driven motion controls could be in its future.Beyond Apple TV, the listings also make note that the Camera Software team works with platforms like OS X, which drives camera-equipped Mac hardware, as well as iTunes. While the inclusion of the latter may seem odd, Apple's iTunes software for both Mac and iOS features camera integration, allowing users to easily scan gift cards and for redemption on the company's digital storefronts.

Other recently advertised positions, such as an opening for a Camera Engineering Product Manager, make mention of iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod, but do not include the Apple TV. Among recently advertised positions, only some make note of supposed Apple TV support.

While it's possible the mention of Apple TV for camera-related positions could just be boilerplate text for a job vacancy, there is a large amount of evidence that Apple is planning to improve upon its existing set-top box business, potentially with new hardware that could add camera-driven motion controls.

Perhaps most notable is the company's late 2013 acquisition of PrimeSense, an Israeli 3D sensor firm that was responsible for the technology behind Microsoft's first-generation Kinect motion controls for Xbox 360. Apple is said to have paid about $360 million in the deal.

In addition, PrimeSense's technology has also been used by Matterport's 3D full-color 3D scanner, as well as iRobot's Ava healthcare robot. In both cases, the firm's sensors are utilized to create a visual model of its environment, to be used by hardware in unique ways like navigation and human interaction.

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Given the potential uses for PrimeSense, observers have speculated that the company's technology will power gesture controls on future HDTV-related products from Apple, whether they are in a new set-top box or a full-fledged television set.

The PrimeSense purchase followed a series of rumors in 2013 that suggested Apple is working on a new Apple TV model with enhanced control functionality. Specifically, one report said that although Apple had dabbled with voice controls for a new HDTV accessory, those plans had gone "out the window," in favor of "some new way to interact."

And in recent weeks, there have been numerous reports that an Apple TV update may be unveiled in the coming months. According to Bloomberg, the device could be unveiled as soon as April, but may not launch until this fall. A months-long wait between introduction and launch would likely mean a major shift for the platform, and potentially new opportunities for developers to create software.
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All I personally want for Apple TV is a better and Bluetooth standard bundled Apple remote. The last thing I need is a camera, motion controls (with a likely added expense, too). And if they want to add games and an App Store it'll need larger storage size options with an Apple-designed games-specific hardware games controller. Because relying on a software app or third party to build your hardware games controller for your "now-it's-a-games-console" would be ridiculous!

As for me, like I said, I just want an improved remote with perhaps two additional function buttons, a little bit of bulk for battery and comfort and Bluetooth technology to get around my coffee table. And people don't tell me the existing remote works fine for you. You don't blame the user. When was the last time my Playstation remote didn't recognise a remote input? Oh, that's right, never.
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Why would it need to be so stupidly wide?

 

At least we’ve moved past the “integrated television” nonsense.

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All I personally want for Apple TV is a better and Bluetooth standard bundled Apple remote. The last thing I need is a camera, motion controls (with a likely added expense, too). 
I just want an improved remote with perhaps two additional function buttons, a little bit of bulk for battery and comfort and Bluetooth technology to get around my coffee table. 

 

An actual TV receiver would be kinda nice too.  

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Why would it need to be so stupidly wide?

At least we’ve moved past the “integrated television” nonsense.

The only reason Apple can't do an integrated TV - which I'd personally love - is they cannot control the content. I think Apple should buy up the rights to all sports worldwide, they should produce their own shows ala Netflix and they should provide an alternative to Netflix monthly streaming via a monthly subscription. If they could do all that a reasonably monthly fee perhaps they could find a way to subsidise a large TV and provide the ultimate integrated experience. 'Cause the day I can get a true out-of-the-box-Apple-experience with one single product and remote in my living room controlling it all wirelessly is the day I can die a happy man.

Throw in magnetically-charged remote that you can stick to the top of the TV that intelligently charges only when the battery is low, and while the TV is in sleep mode and I've died and gone to heaven.
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The only reason Apple can't do an integrated TV - which I'd personally love - is they cannot control the content.

 

Of course they can! It’s why they haven’t put a TV tuner in the Apple TV yet, and it’s why they never will. They literally DO control the content.

 
I think Apple should buy up the rights to all sports worldwide, they should produce their own shows ala Netflix and they should provide an alternative to Netflix monthly streaming via a monthly subscription.

 

Hmm. Wait, Netflix produces its own shows? I’d at least like Apple to contract individually with each channel. None of this “you MUST have all of our package channels” nonsense.

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An actual TV receiver would be kinda nice too.  

I don't know what that is.
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Oh great, yet another way for the FBI, NSA, and various sex perverts to spy on us. I actually consider it a feature of my Mac mini that it doesn't have a camera or mike.

Of course, I guess we can fix that camera with a bit of black electrical tape. It'd be better, though, if Apple would add a sliding cover in front of the lens.

That said, I do hope the new Apple TV brings major changes. It'll justify my waiting.
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I don't know what that is.
 

I think he means an ATSC tuner (a.k.a. ATSC receiver). You know, some circuitry to decode terrestrial broadcast transmissions via an Over-The-Air antenna (a.k.a. "rabbit ears").

 

For more information, please see this Wikipedia article on ATSC receiver.


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Of course they can! It’s why they haven’t put a TV tuner in the Apple TV yet, and it’s why they never will. They literally DO control the content.

Who controls HBO? Apple?

NFL?
NBA?
NHL?
Sky Sports?
Not to mention all the shows Apple TV doesn't have.

Interesting world you live in.
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I think he means an ATSC tuner. You know, some circuitry to decode terrestrial broadcast transmissions via an OTA antenna (a.k.a. "rabbit ears").

Oh, they aren't really used in Europe. It's all dishes here.
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Adding a camera is a good idea for gestures and FaceTime.

A better addition would be original content. Netflix has great shows. Amazon has great original shows. Hulu is adding original content. Their brands give you content nobody else delivers at that time.

If Apple opens up Apple TV to apps, then they solve this problem. Apps are content.

Gotta make Apple TV able to do stuff no other gizmo or platform can do today.
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Oh great, yet another way for the FBI, NSA, and various sex perverts to spy on us.

Various sex perverts?
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Oh, they aren't really used in Europe. It's all dishes here.
 

At least in the USA, if you live pretty close to a metropolitan area, you can use a set-top or roof antenna to receive local digital TV broadcasts from terrestrial TV towers.

 

As far as I can tell, here in the States, dishes are only used for satellite TV which incurs a monthly subscription cost, and typically requires specialized equipment.

 

OTA broadcasts are free, albeit the selection of programming is rather limited compared to cable or satellite TV.

 

If I understand correctly, the antenna shape is tailored to the signal type, so the fact that Europe uses dishes for terrestrial TV reception is unusual.

 

Here in the States, the ATSC digital TV broadcasts are sent over the same frequencies (VHF and UHF) as the defunct analog TV signals they replaced, so the ATSC antenna configuration is very similar. Many people were able to continue using their old antennae when US stations switched from analog to digital.

 

The classic set-top dipole "rabbit ear" antennae were optimized for VHF frequencies which the major broadcasters used during the analog days; a lattice, loop, or grid-like configuration was better for UHF frequencies which were used more by minor broadcasters.


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Apple may have bought PrimeSense, but I'd still wager that is for camera technology (ie. depth sensing) for the iPhone. Duplicating the functionality of the Xbox One doesn't seem right. The market isn't exactly embracing it and the technology has a good number of problems (raise a fork while eating and your tv changes a channel).

 

I think this probably just indicates they're bringing FaceTime to the Apple TV. Well, I'd say that's a given now, so I guess the question is if they're doing that *and* adding a new motion interface.

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All I personally want for Apple TV is a better and Bluetooth standard bundled Apple remote. The last thing I need is a camera, motion controls (with a likely added expense, too). And if they want to add games and an App Store it'll need larger storage size options with an Apple-designed games-specific hardware games controller. Because relying on a software app or third party to build your hardware games controller for your "now-it's-a-games-console" would be ridiculous!

As for me, like I said, I just want an improved remote with perhaps two additional function buttons, a little bit of bulk for battery and comfort and Bluetooth technology to get around my coffee table. And people don't tell me the existing remote works fine for you. You don't blame the user. When was the last time my Playstation remote didn't recognise a remote input? Oh, that's right, never.

Just make a nice remote App for my phone to navigate ATV - that's all I need.
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Why would it need to be so stupidly wide?

At least we’ve moved past the “integrated television” nonsense.

The width provides a camera with a wider field of view and more accurate 3D sensing. Presumably, the 3D sensing would be used [in the AppleTV] to recognize gestures ala the XBox's Kinect.
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The camera focus is for wearables and the iWatch. 1wink.gif
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From 9to5:

"First, this is nothing new. Apple has used the exact same wording in job ads at least as long ago as last September.

Second, this is an ad for a software, not hardware, role. Not a single one of the hardware team ads mentions Apple TV. The software team likely works on everything photo-related, which on Apple TV would include Photo Stream and Airplay.

Third, you’ll note that the standard wording used includes iTunes. Again, because iTunes needs software support for the camera to read gift certificates. Or perhaps iTunes is getting its own hardware camera too …

None of this is to say it’s impossible (though it would perhaps be more likely for a full-on Apple television rather than the existing Apple TV box), merely that the job listings tell us nothing."
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Why would it need to be so stupidly wide?

There's nothing to reference it with to get a idea how wide it actually is.
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The width provides a camera with a wider field of view and more accurate 3D sensing. Presumably, the 3D sensing would be used [in the AppleTV] to recognize gestures ala the XBox's Kinect.

If I'm not mistaken there's more than one camera for depth perception. Unless they use infrared to determine distance.
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Apple may have bought PrimeSense, but I'd still wager that is for camera technology (ie. depth sensing) for the iPhone. Duplicating the functionality of the Xbox One doesn't seem right. The market isn't exactly embracing it and the technology has a good number of problems (raise a fork while eating and your tv changes a channel).

Re; the PrimeSense acquisition:

Here's a video showing a camera capturing 3D. Matterport is the company that builds the camera which includes a PrimeSense 3D camera chip;



And here's a link that suggests:
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Apple to use PrimeSense 3D to boost indoor mapping, rather than iTV set?

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/television/apple/computing/apple-s-to-use-primesense-3d-to-boost-indoor-mapping-rather-than-itv-set--1202909


It is interesting that this AI article lists some camera job postings for Macs, IPads,, iPhones and iPods -- but do not include AppleTV.


Why the iPod?


A while ago, on another thread, I speculated that the iPod might evolve into a DSLR-class camera with:
  • better optics
  • more heft/depth
  • better battery
  • better UI
  • compatible with popular DSLR lenses
  • compatible with standard camera accessories
  • beter software (metadata, geotaging, data management)

3D mapping could be another feature of an Apple mobile camera device.
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The width provides a camera with a wider field of view and more accurate 3D sensing. Presumably, the 3D sensing would be used [in the AppleTV] to recognize gestures ala the XBox's Kinect.

If I'm not mistaken there's more than one camera for depth perception. Unless they use infrared to determine distance.


I think you are correct! It would better if I had said: The width allows more than one camera to support 3D depth perception.


FWIW, the PrimeSense camera chip uses:
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Light Coding Technology

PrimeSense’s depth acquisition is enabled by "light coding" technology. The process codes the scene with near-IR light, light that returns distorted depending upon where things are. The solution then uses a standard off-the-shelf CMOS image sensor to read the coded light back from the scene using various algorithms to triangulate and extract the 3D data. The product analyses scenery in 3 dimensions with software, so that devices can interact with users.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PrimeSense





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Adding a camera is a good idea for gestures and FaceTime.

A better addition would be original content. Netflix has great shows. Amazon has great original shows. Hulu is adding original content. Their brands give you content nobody else delivers at that time.

If Apple opens up Apple TV to apps, then they solve this problem. Apps are content.

Gotta make Apple TV able to do stuff no other gizmo or platform can do today.


No..apps aren't good enough for TV.   The problem with apps, is that there's no unified list of all programming available.   It's a pain to switch from Netflix to  Hulu to Amazon to AppleTV offerings to an actual cable or OTA channel.

 

It all needs to be integrated and I think Steve Jobs recognized that when he supposedly made the comment that he had licked the UI problem.

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I'm sure the next Apple TV won't be the size of a soundbar!

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This is nothing new at all. Many existing smart TVs and game/TV consoles already have this function.

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Re; the PrimeSense acquisition:

Here's a video showing a camera capturing 3D. Matterport is the company that builds the camera which includes a PrimeSense 3D camera chip;



And here's a link that suggests:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/television/apple/computing/apple-s-to-use-primesense-3d-to-boost-indoor-mapping-rather-than-itv-set--1202909


3D mapping could be another feature of an Apple mobile camera device.

Exactly. Thanks for the links.

I think the original article's speculation is off. It's estimated the Kinect hardware in the Xbox One costs around $70 for parts. That would suggest a $100 price increase on a new Apple TV with Kinect-like hardware. I don't think a motion sensing UI justifies that unless Apple figures out how to radically improve on what the Kinect can do. (And of course they might..)

A cheap camera sensor that makes your Apple TV FaceTime capable makes a lot of sense though.

And an iPhone or iPod that has more advanced imaging makes sense.. But you can see the tech in that video is pretty far away from being practical. The depth resolution isn't great and infrared for depth sensing doesn't really work outdoors... just to name two problems. I'm excited to see what they're working on though!
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No chance the Apple TV will contain a camera unless it is part of motion detection for remote control of the Apple TV and thereby the TV itself.

But, it might be likely that Apple will come up with individual remote cameras that will feed into the Apple TV as a consolidator.
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Three things that don't mix:
Cameras in the living room or bed room

Smart internet connected technology

Closed source software

I don't even trust Apple with that combo. If they can leave an obvious back door in their open source SSL code for months, what NSA induced nightmares will be lurking inside their black box code?

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Motion Control, huh?%u2026 Please let the following be approved gestures for the stuff coming out of Hollywood into the AppleTV%u2026

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Re; the PrimeSense acquisition:

Here's a video showing a camera capturing 3D. Matterport is the company that builds the camera which includes a PrimeSense 3D camera chip;



And here's a link that suggests:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/television/apple/computing/apple-s-to-use-primesense-3d-to-boost-indoor-mapping-rather-than-itv-set--1202909


3D mapping could be another feature of an Apple mobile camera device.

Exactly. Thanks for the links.

I think the original article's speculation is off. It's estimated the Kinect hardware in the Xbox One costs around $70 for parts. That would suggest a $100 price increase on a new Apple TV with Kinect-like hardware. I don't think a motion sensing UI justifies that unless Apple figures out how to radically improve on what the Kinect can do. (And of course they might..)

A cheap camera sensor that makes your Apple TV FaceTime capable makes a lot of sense though.

And an iPhone or iPod that has more advanced imaging makes sense.. But you can see the tech in that video is pretty far away from being practical. The depth resolution isn't great and infrared for depth sensing doesn't really work outdoors... just to name two problems. I'm excited to see what they're working on though!

Here's a video demoing 2D indoor mapping using WiFiSLAM * software:

* recent acquired by Apple



Here's an image of an AR map patent by Apple:



http://www.razorianfly.com/2011/08/18/apple-patents-ar-assisted-mapping-for-ios/


So, Apple could combine all these new technologies along with existing Apple camera tech -- and produce amazing, 2D, 3D and AR maps with realistic camera images.

I suspect that Apple built the A7 and M7 chips with this in mind.
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I don't know what that is.

 

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I think he means an ATSC tuner (a.k.a. ATSC receiver). You know, some circuitry to decode terrestrial broadcast transmissions via an Over-The-Air antenna (a.k.a. "rabbit ears").

 

For more information, please see this Wikipedia article on ATSC receiver.

 

Correct.  That is what TiVo does. All the Internet content you want, plus 4 (or 6)  broadcast receivers.  

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Just make a nice remote App for my phone to navigate ATV - that's all I need.

You need dedicated hardware, dude. Even Gruber said do. There's no app to find when their a physical remote right in front of you. The remote is a handy keyboard, but it's no substitute for holding a piece of dedicated hardware.
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It really creeps me out to think that some huge multinational corporation has a camera built in to my TV and trained on me as I make my every move.

 

But if it's Apple, then probably it would  be great. I'd be more productive with gesture control. And I can trust them.

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I agree with Inkling above. I personally have no need for an always on camera and microphone set up in the house. With all the recent media disclosures, all I can see when I look at an XBox One in someone's lounge is Rummy or Clapper's face behind that unblinking camera.
At least with laptops we can put a cover over the camera and it is not always on like a TV set up.
Some people have no problem with it though, so who's to judge I guess.
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post #36 of 56
Great, my TV is going to look so awesome with my Xbox One Kinect AND a big Apple TV thing on top of it.. and the Playstation Camera on the bottom, AND the Wii U sensor bar.
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No..apps aren't good enough for TV.   The problem with apps, is that there's no unified list of all programming available.   It's a pain to switch from Netflix to  Hulu to Amazon to AppleTV offerings to an actual cable or OTA channel.

 

It all needs to be integrated and I think Steve Jobs recognized that when he supposedly made the comment that he had licked the UI problem.

Do the apps need to be integrated, or just the search?  Wouldn't it be better for Apple to define a standard way for apps to make their content index available to Spotlight, perhaps with an integration to a single library service - IMDb for example - for advanced searching by metadata (director, actor, genre etc) and recommendations.  Background app refresh means the indexes always stay up-to-date.

 

Then, apps that don't provide the index don't get listed in the search/schedule/recommendations and don't get the customers, but the channels get to retain ownership and control of their content and subscribers.

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Besides gesture controls, say hello to the new FaceTime for Apple TV app!

I remember a TV ad that ran during the mid '80's for a Zenith TV that also had a built in speaker phone. A family is gathered around their living room watching TV when something unusual happened. Their TV rang.

"Someone want to answer it?"

"No, you answer it..."

"I answered it last time... It's your turn!"

"Alright... I'll answer it!"

He reaches for the remote, aims it towards the TV, presses a button, and says "Hello!"

Nevermind the annoyance of the ring interrupting the program you were watching and the fact that there was no benefit of using TV speakers for a phone call rather than your phone speakers (because there was still no video).

FaceTime on AppleTV may automatically pause whatever you're watching when someone is calling and be far less intrusive than the Zenith concept, while finally bringing video to "landlines" (video VoIP).
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Various sex perverts?


Yes, GCHQ apparently.

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You need dedicated hardware, dude. Even Gruber said do. There's no app to find when their a physical remote right in front of you. The remote is a handy keyboard, but it's no substitute for holding a piece of dedicated hardware.

Actually, MacApfel is correct.

 

A high quality Apple TV Remote app is really what you want because it would be customizable, like some of the high-end universal remotes and touchscreen panels for home theater control. 

 

For example, if you like NFL, you'd have an NFL button on your phone, and it would find all NFL content available to your device, whether it be online, cable, satellite or OTA television. You shouldn't have to check four services/channels to find the content you want, nor should you have to type in a text-based search for "football" or "NFL." The remote app should be smart enough to figure this out.

 

Note that a physical remote has less ability for customized keys unless there's an LCD screen. Some universal remotes have customizable screens (some of the Harmony remotes from Logitech, for example), and generally the more you spend, the greater the customization.

 

Also, an intelligent remote app would have voice recognition. If you say "Giants baseball" or "Chelsea football" it should go out, find it, then just change to the source. Typing in "Chelsea" as a text search on a remote is the stupid way, as you would likely get a combination of Chelsea Handler and Chelsea ____ results.

 

Moreover, each phone/tablet could be a separate person's interface, tailored to their own specific interests (me = baseball, wife = golf). You can't really do that elegantly with a dedicated hardware remote.

 

Dedicated remotes are okay for dumb electronics, but after you have many dumb electronics, a universal remote is a better solution. If you have a smart set-top box like an AppleTV, you really want a high quality, customizable app. A smartphone/tablet app would also be able to push notifications of interesting upcoming programming ("PGA Championship 1st round coverage starts in 30 minutes, do you want to watch?"). Dedicated hardware remotes are too dumb to do this.

 

Of course, the set-top box would still ship with a caveman hardware remote for people who don't have the proper app-equipped smartphone.

 

In the end, the screen would display content that's specific to the person sitting in front of it. The user interface is an extension of the user. I sit down in front of the TV with the guys, I would hope to see *my* stuff on the screen and remote. If we take off, and my wife sits down with her girlfriends, she would want *her* stuff on the screen and her remote. 

 

Same with cars. A guy should be able to approach his car and have it automatically configure his favorite settings: steering wheel height, seat position, climate control, entertainment center preferences, etc. If his wife approaches the car, it should be smart enough to reconfigure everything to her liking without her pressing a bunch of buttons.


Edited by mpantone - 3/12/14 at 8:38pm
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