AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, there are thousands of programs ready to stream via satellite dishes and cable wires — everything from Jersey Shore to Hawaii Five-0. Tack on premium services such as Apple TV, Hulu, Netflix Instant, and Roku, and that number soars into six-figure territory. advertisement advertisement Amid such chaos, “the channel-surfing paradigm will die,” says Thiru Arunachalam. “The only paradigm that will work is discovery: I’ve just come home from work, I want to be entertained, tell me exactly what you think I’d like.” That’s the promise of Peel, his startup that’s helping viewers navigate the fractured world of home entertainment by turning their iPhones and iPads into ultra-intuitive remote controls. Its free app, which has racked up more than half a million downloads since its October debut, offers users a sleek, visual programming guide — think Apple’s Cover Flow — updated in real time. … [Read more...] about Peel Turns iPhones, iPads Into All-Knowing, Universal Super TV Remotes
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With advertisers pulling out all the stops for the year’s largest and most engaged audience, the Super Bowl is the perfect stage to make a statement. For H&M, this year’s big game will be an opportunity to showcase the potential of television commerce, as well as David Beckham’s oft-adored body, with an interactive, shoppable commercial. advertisement advertisement In the second quarter of Sunday’s big game, H&M’s ad will be powered by Delivery Agent’s technology that lets viewers make purchases from television shows and ads. Back when the company started in 2005, the execution was much clunkier. When viewers watched NBC’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Delivery Agent’s first client, they had to go online to make purchases. Eventually the proliferation of mobile devices–and the rise of the second screen–changed that experience, allowing viewers to browse and make purchases on an app while watching TV. For … [Read more...] about Can H&M’s Interactive Super Bowl Ad, David Beckham’s Body Make TV Shopping Click?
For the past couple of years, I’ve been a mostly happy Pixel 2 XL user, after jumping over from an iPhone 6. advertisement advertisement The camera has held up so well that Google barely changed it in last year’s Pixel 3. Google Assistant is faster and more capable than Siri, and its integration with Google Photos means that the Google-powered Lenovo Smart Display in our kitchen is always up to date with new pictures of the kids. Being confident that I’ll get access to new versions of Android without delay is also a nice perk. And I even enjoy the new gesture navigation system in Android 10 despite the fact that it shamelessly rips off the iPhone. Yet whenever I tell people that I enjoy using Android more than Apple’s iOS, it’s always with the qualification that I’m only talking about phones. On every other surface—from tablets and smartwatches to streaming TV players and VR—Android seems to be in disarray, with no clear … [Read more...] about The new Pixel is the iPhone’s peer. But Android is flailing
With Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense there’s been a lot of excitement that motion interfaces are ready to move into prime time. But there are a lot of ways to do this kind of interaction–here’s a primer for developers and designers that will have to learn this new design language soon enough. advertisement advertisement Ask Yourself If Motion Control Is Really Necessary Recently I was talking to a friend of mine in London who owns a product design firm. As a well-known product designer for hire, this friend (who asked to remain anonymous out of respect for his clients) has a range of clientele from the largest multinationals to small-time entrepreneurs who want him to bring their product ideas to market. A few weeks ago a wealthy client–and self-proclaimed “Apple Geek” who likes throwing money at personal technology products he may or may not ever bring to market–walked into my friend’s office and said, “Apple … [Read more...] about Things To Consider Before Jumping Into Motion Control Development
Last year, as Samsung was gearing up to launch a slew of new smartphones and tablets, the South Korean tech giant reached out to Peel, a small startup that specializes in offering personalized TV recommendations via mobile devices. “They said, ‘Can you help us do a little prototype?'” recalls Peel cofounder Thiru Arunachalam. His team was then focused on marketing its hardware product, a $99 pear-shaped device designed by Yves Béhar, which enabled smartphones to communicate with televisions like a remote control. advertisement advertisement “A lot of us came from Apple,” Arunachalam says. “We figured [this Samsung prototype] was just a hobby project on the side, because we were doing consumer [electronics].” The startup’s work with Samsung, the world’s No. 1 smartphone maker, turned out to be anything but a side project. Since partnering, Peel has skyrocketed in popularity, blossoming to 25 million users, who receive … [Read more...] about With Samsung Boost, Peel Blossoms To 25M Users