Tech Companies Battle for Your Post-TV Living Room
Google's attempt at building a piece of hardware to manage your household's digital media flow has been pulled from the shelves, demonstrating the difficulty of all-encompassing technology.
What's the Latest Development?
Google's latest vision of the post-TV world, embodied in a household device that streams video and music from the Web, will be pulled from the shelves as the software giant struggles to adapt to building hardware. Called Nexus Q, the device "plugs into TVs or speakers so its owners can listen to music or play video from their Android phones or tablets. It is similar to devices like Apple TV, Boxee, Roku and Google TV." Q is Google's latest effort in the race to control the post-TV living room—the TV shows and movies we watch, the music we listen to and the advertisements we see while sitting on the sofa.
What's the Big Idea?
Besides Google, technology companies like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.com are working hard to build a household device that will stream and store media files, knowing that people are far less likely to switch products once they have a substantial amount of media stored on a given device. "[Google] has said it wants to tackle not just the entertainment space but the whole home, eventually connecting coffee pots to the Internet so they can be turned off remotely, for instance, or refrigerators so they can order milk when it is running low." For now, however, the Q has gone back to the drawing board.
Photo credit: Shutterstock.com
Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.
- Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
- Angie McArthur teaches intelligent collaboration for Big Think Edge.
- Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.
Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of needs, which he represented in a pyramid. At the base, our physiological needs include food, water, warmth and rest.
Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.
- Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
- This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
- Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?
- Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
- Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
- Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.