Thirty Three Screens and a Cloud

My latest Engadget column explores the idea of glanceable information and why three screens and a cloud are just archetypes. Forget three screens, it’s much more like thirty three screens.

Glanceable information is key. I love the idea of glanceable content. Microsoft attempted to do much of what is key to Dash with its SPOT initiative (although with a very different approach). Information should be easily accessible and viewable. I don’t even need to make an argument here, really — glanceable devices are all around us. Look at that watch on your wrist or your clock radio. Both are designed to quickly convey one bit of information: the time of day. The dashboard on your car conveys key information such as speed and fuel consumption. At the moment, no one’s quite gotten how to extend richer views of information to those glanceable screens, but the Dash begins to do this. For example, when I wake up in the morning, I want to know the time as well as the weather.

One response to “Thirty Three Screens and a Cloud

  1. From what I can see, theXbox Kinect is more than just a family games console, I meanyou can do a lot more stuff that you can’t do with the Wii. The graphics are better & Wii fanboy or not, you can’t denythe Hard Drive storage on the new Xbox is far superior to the Wii. There is no need for controllers so less battery and recharging cost. If you have a young family like me , you don’t have to worry about the kids misusing the controllers or dropping them in there juice. Kinect does have voice recognition so if the childrenare getting out of order and reality wrestling rather than virtual wrestling you can just shout pause and Kinect will pause. Shamethis doesn’t generally work with the kids, well not in my house anyway. There is no doubt your friends and family will have a lot of fun with this system and it is taking interactive gaming to a whole newlevel. I have to admit , Microsoft were lagging behind a bit recently in the games console world and it’s about time they stepped up to the plate and with Xbox Kinect, they have done exactly that in my opinion. Whether it has bugs or little minor problems remains to be seen and as with all these things, the proof is in the ongoing sales rather than the initial sales onslaught of inquisitive techno-holics who buy any new gadget released.

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