Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Personal Tech
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Is an Apple iTV with an iRing and a Tablet in Your Future?
Is an Apple iTV with an iRing and a Tablet in Your Future?

By Barry Levine
April 4, 2013 2:23PM

    Bookmark and Share
Gesture-based TV is expected to emerge into the mainstream at some point, although it remains to be seen if a motion-sensing ring would be able to control the range of interactive options that a TV could offer -- or if it could replace the functionality of a remote. More important, what is the value of a waving hand versus a button-pushing hand?
 



You sit on the sofa, facing your 60-inch TV, and you select your program by moving your hand, thanks to a ring device. When you get up to turn off something cooking on the stove, you take a small, iPad-like tablet with you, not missing any second of your show.

That vision of TV utopia is the most detailed vision yet of the what-will-Apple-do-in-TV rumors. On Wednesday, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White said in a research report that, according to his meetings with unnamed Chinese and Taiwanese component suppliers, Apple will be releasing such an iTV, or interactive TV, and accessories before the end of this year.

White said that the "mini-iTV" 9.7-inch tablet device will allow users to receive transmissions of TV shows from the set, up to a distance of 200 meters, so that a viewer can continue watching TV content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom or back yard. With a standard set of accessories, White said the product will cost $1,500 to $2,500 at launch.

Up to Four Tablet Units

White has said Apple would offer one mini-iTV tablet with each set, but customers will be able to buy and use up to four tablet units. The tablet, while shaped and sized similarly to the iPad, will not have the full functionality of that popular device.

White wrote that the iRing "will be placed on a user's finger and act as a navigation pointer for 'iTV,' enhancing the motion detection experience and negating some of the functionality found in a remote."

Another beneficiary of the well-maintained Apple rumor mill has been the predicted iWatch. The technology giant is said to be working on such a device, as are many others, including Samsung. White predicts the iWatch will become part of the iTV ecosystem, also enabling interaction with the set.

Among Apple watchers, the question is whether White's vision seems like the kind of transforming experience that one expects from the groundbreaking company when it enters a new category.

Is This It?

Gesture-based TV is expected to emerge into the mainstream at some point, although it remains to be seen if a motion-sensing ring would be able to control the range of interactive options that a TV could offer -- or if it could replace the functionality of a remote. More important, what is the added value of remotely controlling your TV with your waving hand instead of your button-pushing hand?

What does sending video to your not-quite-iPad tablet accomplish that simply pausing the TV via your DVR doesn't do? The iPad and other tablets can already display TV content in any location, although it is not synchronous to the show being watched.

In other words, is this the kind of compelling vision of a "must-have" gadget for which Apple is known? Is it the vision of TV that Steve Jobs felt he had finally figured out?
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Personal Tech
1.   Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
2.   Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
3.   Beware: Facebook Shares Your Locale
4.   Easter Egg! Microsoft's Clippy Is Back
5.   Zynga Launches Mobile FarmVille


advertisement
BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
Siri-like virtual assistant has promise.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.