Saturday, June 14, 2003

ambient retro

wonderful retro styled televisions at Predicta (via Fimoculous)
Boynton just can't decide if she would order the Debutante or the Princess - but then the Chalet pretty much takes the cake.

On the other hand, maybe she'll just go for the Mirror TV (via J walk)
"The Mirror TV is an important step forward for consumer technologies, and for Philips," said Dr. Gottfried Dutine, CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, "From a technology perspective, the Mirror TV craftily combines two important everyday functionalities"
Interesting to read of the Philips HomeLab, in Eindhoven where the prototypes are tested by RL residents.
"Innovations from HomeLab are steps toward an Ambient Intelligence culture, which is how Philips envisions the future. Ambient Intelligence is defined as world in which electronics are sensitive to people's needs, personalized to their requirements, can anticipate their behavior and respond to their presence - signifying a real improvement in people's everyday lives"

Scary. If the electronics ever got that clever, boynton would have to devise ways to confuse them. Or hide.

Comments: ambient retro

Well, I don't know. I think if they are going to "combine two important everyday functionalities" they should try to be a little more imaginative with the functionalities they combine. Yeah yeah, a mirror- tv. Great. But what about a washing machine- tv or a sofa bed- tv. Or a tv- blender? Now that's a challenge. And so much more useful, too.
Posted by mcb at June 16, 2003 05:32 PM

Like the sofa bed, mcb. But Phillips would then have to solve one of the great technological challenges of our times: successfully combining a sofa with a bed.
Posted by boynton at June 16, 2003 05:36 PM

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