God or someone, gave us humans hands with 5 fingers each (The Simpsons only have 4 each HA!).
One of the things hands are good for is using them for eating – it’s natural and it’s just the best way to really dig in! But! society doesn’t like that, they want us to eat with Silverware, Chopsticks or any other way that keeps our hands clean, it does make some sense, cause it’s not always fun getting all oily and sticky and you might want to shake hands with other people… you get the idea.
So how do we keep the experience of eating with our hands and stay civil? We use SliverGloves, it’s like nail extensions rings that you put on your fingers and they serve as a buffer between you and the food but you get the eating with your hands UX and staty clean!
The year is 1995, my dad got me my first connected TV, it was a very long
cable that you connected from your computer to the television.
It was magical, my computer appeared on a tv screen!
10 years later we got youtube and even sort of live streaming of tv shows
and still my cable brought them to life on my TV.
Since then, every year we hear the roar of the little connected tv kitten -
‘I’m coming to a TV near you!’. But instead we got streamers, googleTV,
boxee, setup-boxes and other failed attempts to figure out how a Connected
TV experience should be, we then listen, maybe buy something but end up
staying with our 1995 long cable.
The reasons why all those attempts are failing, is cause a TV should
stay a TV – a big stupid screen that displays entertainment
for one or more people.
Let’s learn from the cable success
+ The TV should stay just a screen + I know the OS it’s running + I already have everything synced, since it’s my computer + No Technological limitations, everything works, it’s just a computer. + It’s really cheap. + It’s actually works. + The most important point: why should i settle for anything
less by using a limited SmartTV OS?
- I need a cable - I need a big computer in my living room - The UI isn’t right for a TV Experience (i.e controlling from a distance)
Cut The Cable
So, while all the TV manufactures and friends are trying to crack this nute,
i myself gave-up on the waiting fo the perfect connected TV, until!
until i started using AirPlay.
AirPlay is a Technology from apple that enables wireless streaming of music,
photos, videos and even screen mirroring between devices, with the release
of OS Mountain Lion, even your macbook will be AirPlay Enabled.
Instead of joining all the failed attempts to push a brain into a television,
all that apple is doing to bring you Connected TV is to replace your cable with
AirPlay, and it’s the best approach IMHO:
All the cable ‘+’ are still there, All the ‘-’ are gone.
And it’s even better then the cable, it let’s any one in the room be apart
of the experience, anyone can stream anything at anytime, so man-kind can
finally stop fighting on who has the remote!
You have endless Apps already working, with a more or less big tv UI, and
some day might even adjust it when they know they are being AirPlayed.
When you need to browse and navigate, it’s super fast and intuitive to
do it on a mobile device then the D-Pad, browsing endless menus
with arrows, that way the tv stays for watching and the more interactive
part remains the broadcasting device responsibility.
How To Get AirPlay
You will need an AppleTv Connected to a television screen, or a PC or MAC
that runs a third party app that enables AirPlay:
When you got any of the 3 working, you should see the AirPlay Icon when you
listen to music, watch a photo or play any video, if you double tap the
home button and slide to the left, you should also see the AirPlay icon that
will enable mirroring.
This will become second nature for you after a while, anything you stumble
upon while your using your mobile device will look better on the big screen.
BUT! the long cable is still with us, cause we need to connect the
pc,mac, Apple TV to our TV, so my advice to all the companies in the connected
TV race, is just add some Air Streaming Capability to the TV and that’s all that
is needed to retire the long cable.
We all have moments where there is a little voice in our heads that sounds loud and clear and tells us exactly what to do, but sometimes that voice isn’t so clear and we get confused.
How does it work?
The Herman’s Head App, let’s you record messages to your future self, and after a minimal customization screen, it would play those voice recordings during the day, when the headphone are on
For Example: “Don’t listen to them” , “Give him a hug”, “She is your friend”, “Smile” , “Just ask her!”…
The best thing is the social part of the app, which lets you be in someone else’s head for the day! You can choose to listen to your friends or someone else’s inner voice recordings or simply choose from the app’s Personalties Library
Google+ most promising unique feature is its glorified Circles.
What are Circles? Circles are based on the idea that we have various people in our life with whom we communicate differently, so it would be better if we could separate our conversations by separating them into Circles. Got it? Good. Let’s continue.
We all agree that Circles make a smart and logical point and are something we all very much need, and if we need it, then so does Facebook.
Here’s what facebook should do:
Step 1: Change the Sharing Rules
Facebook Groups are a 3 way sharing street:
1| What you share is seen by all the group
2 | What someone in the group shares, is seen by you
3 | What someone in the group shares, is seen by all
Google+ Circles are a two way sharing street:
1 | What you share is seen by all the group
2 | What someone in the group shares, is seen by you
mmm… do you see the difference? look hard… there it is! #3.
To make a Facebook Group into a Circle we need to leave out sharing rule #3:
” 3 | What someone in the group shares is seen by all “
Step 2: From Lists to Circle Groups
To Present this new Group Type to the world, we can use something that people who use Facebook are already familiar with – Lists.
We don’t really use lists, that’s because they only have sharing rule #2 -
” 2 | What someone in the group share, is seen by you “
So, we need to add to lists, sharing rule #1 -
“1 | What you share is seen by all the group”
Final Step: A Facebook Circle
There you have it, a Facebook Circle made out of existing Facebook bits and pieces,
Ready to take Google back to square one.
But before everything returns to normal, Facebook must do one more thing, in the words of chriscrocker:
Ok, this one is a really simple idea, or maybe it’s only a marketing thought…
Take a normal sized cartoon milk box and cut it in half vertically, your new box is narrow and sexy.
I Believe that the way the product looks like, projects on the cosutmer beliefs and expectations ftom the product.
So a slim and sexy milk box will make me feel i will be slim and sexy if drink this milk!
. Disclaimer and closing thoughts
of course it will have low-fat milk as well.
What other products will benefit from a serious diet?
Apps started mainly for personal computers, recently they invaded the mobile
industry, in devices such as the iPhone and other smartpones.
They are fun and useful, in order to really get the most from your app, it should
take advantages of the device uniq features such as the accelerometer
and GPS on mobile phones, on a mp3 player it will be accessing the the
songs and play times etc…
Today, mobile devices comes with an SDK/API allowing developers to create these
apps as a standard, other devices such as a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or your
car are fully controlled by the manufactures. If every device has different
characteristics he can offer, let’s open all of our devices to developers to create
customized brilliant apps,that the manufacture never even dreamed of!
How does it work?
Every digital device has a small computer running it, that computer runs
some sort of an OS. Give developers an API for the device that will allow them
to access data and operate it. The user will control the device from a touch screen
or by an app on his mobile device.
Oven – Cook programs, schedule on/off …
Fridge - Lock after 8:00 pm, lock with password, change temp, check milk date, count times opening door…
Dishwasher - Washing programs, water used and general usage statistics,single glass app.
Car – Speed limit alert , GPS notifications, mechanic test, driving tips, camera control, the car office…
Last night i saw an ad with a phone number that i wanted to remember.
It was something like 012-2233321, i noticed the pattern of
– low number – high number -low number, immediately i saw a visual
representation of it in my mind, something like a wave, easier to describe
as a graph.
So… if it worked for that number, it should be fun and cool to create
such a graph for every phone number and see how it looks…
maybe add it to your business card or use it on adds and use an app
to analyse the matching number.