Thursday, October 27, 2011

And 50 Million Grumpy Old Men Rejoice

Emph. added:

Apple engineers and designers, spurred by Mr. Jobs, have been struggling for years to find a new interface for the television. One of the biggest hurdles, according to people with knowledge of the project, has been replacing the television set’s annoying best friend: the awkward and confusing remote control. Apple would give people a way to choose the content on their television that is as easy as choosing the content on their iPod, iPhone or iPad.

Alternative remote ideas floated by Apple included a wireless keyboard and mouse, or using an iPod, iPhone or iPad as a remote. None of these concepts worked. But there was one “I finally cracked it” moment, when Apple realized you could just talk to your television.

Enter Siri.

It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: …

What could possibly go wrong with that? asks the guy who still won't put voice recognition software on his computer out of fears that someday his dictation will be misunderstood as "Wipe hard drive now. Yes, I'm sure."

I'll also point out that, typically, there is only one remote control. Households featuring multiple children, please note.

Anyway, I'm gonna hold out until Siri lets you punch through the teevee. And then I will start watching a lot of Fox News.


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