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Apple Patents that May Excite People, Including a Magic Wand Remote for Your TV

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Few would argue that Apple is a successful company. The company has given us the iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes and Mac computers. Apple iPads were one of the hottest gifts of 2010 and the company is on the verge of releasing the iPad 2. Verizon Wireless made headlines about two weeks ago when it announced it would carry the infamous iPhone and include the ability to use your iPhone as a mobile hotspot for computer internet access.

Now we know that Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, is taking a permanent medical leave of absence, and he’s been a driving force of innovation for Apple, but many things have already been set in place to keep Apple moving forward without him, including the fact that Apple has been issued 563 different patents in 2010 for new products.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Apple will be producing 563 new exciting devices like the iPad, but some of them could change the way we interact with our environment, the way we “channel surf” and the way we enter our homes.

A couple of Apple’s most intriguing patents for TV usage are the “Apple TV” and “Wand Remote,” which allows you to gesture control images on your Apple TV. Imagine being able to pop-up an Apple TV in your TV lift cabinet and use a Wii-like remote to access apps, control your instant-watch media or flip through the channels by the flick of a wrist.

But before you get inside your home to watch TV, you’ll be able to use your iPhone by swiping it near a control pad outside your home (or car) that has a proximity-based PIN code system. And viola, you’re inside your home!

Apple Patents that May Excite People, Including a Magic Wand Remote for Your TV

Apple Logo

Apple

Few would argue that Apple is a successful company. The company has given us the iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes and Mac computers. Apple iPads were one of the hottest gifts of 2010 and the company is on the verge of releasing the iPad 2. Verizon Wireless made headlines about two weeks ago when it announced it would carry the infamous iPhone and include the ability to use your iPhone as a mobile hotspot for computer internet access.

Now we know that Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, is taking a permanent medical leave of absence, and he’s been a driving force of innovation for Apple, but many things have already been set in place to keep Apple moving forward without him, including the fact that Apple has been issued 563 different patents in 2010 for new products.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Apple will be producing 563 new exciting devices like the iPad, but some of them could change the way we interact with our environment, the way we “channel surf” and the way we enter our homes.

A couple of Apple’s most intriguing patents for TV usage are the “Apple TV” and “Wand Remote,” which allows you to gesture control images on your Apple TV. Imagine being able to pop-up an Apple TV in your TV lift cabinet and use a Wii-like remote to access apps, control your instant-watch media or flip through the channels by the flick of a wrist.

But before you get inside your home to watch TV, you’ll be able to use your iPhone by swiping it near a control pad outside your home (or car) that has a proximity-based PIN code system. And viola, you’re inside your home!

Mashable.com Polls Readers for their Tech-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Recently, Mashable.com launched a user poll asking the question, “What’s your tech-related resolution for the new year?” And the answers ranged from “Getting a new Android phone” to “Leveraging technology to get in shape”. Respondents could select as many resolutions as they wanted and the results (so far) are interesting. The poll is still live and receiving votes.

But before we recap the results, it’s interesting to note some background information about New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions have been around for about as long as the New Year holiday has, which is really since 153 B.C., when the mythical king of early Rome, Janus, started appearing at the head of the calendar.

It wasn’t until Julius Caesar started the 365-day solar calendar in 46 B.C. that we started celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1. January is named after Janus, who was a two-faced deity who could look back on the past and into the future at the same time. With this symbolism, various cultures adopted ways to celebrate how they could learn from the past and wish for positive changes in the future. In popular the American custom, the New Year is marked by a kiss at the stroke of midnight, purifying the new year ahead. In China, doors are marked with red paint, the symbol of good luck and happiness. From the desire to make good things happen in the coming year, New Year’s Resolutions were born.

In this day and age, we turn to Mashable, with its educated and tech-savvy reading audience, as a credible source for where the culture of technology is headed, so their poll has special merit. In just 24 hours, over 2,100 votes have been cast in the poll and the top three resolutions are:

-Getting an iPad (12+%)

-Getting a new Android phone (12+%)

-Improving my HDTV/home theater (11+%)

With the incredible sales of Apple iPads this past season, it’s interesting to note that nearly as many people who plan to invest in an iPad in 2011 also plan to upgrade their TVs and home theaters. No doubt that some of these “resolute” shoppers will also look into complementing their new TV technology with a new remote-controlled TV lift cabinet. What else can showcase a new flat-screen as neatly and quietly as a TV lift? We’ll keep our eyes on this poll to see if it changes much, but clearly there’s a trend in home theaters being set in 2011. Have you gotten your new TV yet?

Mashable.com Polls Readers for their Tech-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Recently, Mashable.com launched a user poll asking the question, “What’s your tech-related resolution for the new year?” And the answers ranged from “Getting a new Android phone” to “Leveraging technology to get in shape”. Respondents could select as many resolutions as they wanted and the results (so far) are interesting. The poll is still live and receiving votes.

But before we recap the results, it’s interesting to note some background information about New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions have been around for about as long as the New Year holiday has, which is really since 153 B.C., when the mythical king of early Rome, Janus, started appearing at the head of the calendar.

It wasn’t until Julius Caesar started the 365-day solar calendar in 46 B.C. that we started celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1. January is named after Janus, who was a two-faced deity who could look back on the past and into the future at the same time. With this symbolism, various cultures adopted ways to celebrate how they could learn from the past and wish for positive changes in the future. In popular the American custom, the New Year is marked by a kiss at the stroke of midnight, purifying the new year ahead. In China, doors are marked with red paint, the symbol of good luck and happiness. From the desire to make good things happen in the coming year, New Year’s Resolutions were born.

In this day and age, we turn to Mashable, with its educated and tech-savvy reading audience, as a credible source for where the culture of technology is headed, so their poll has special merit. In just 24 hours, over 2,100 votes have been cast in the poll and the top three resolutions are:

-Getting an iPad (12+%)

-Getting a new Android phone (12+%)

-Improving my HDTV/home theater (11+%)

With the incredible sales of Apple iPads this past season, it’s interesting to note that nearly as many people who plan to invest in an iPad in 2011 also plan to upgrade their TVs and home theaters. No doubt that some of these “resolute” shoppers will also look into complementing their new TV technology with a new remote-controlled TV lift cabinet. What else can showcase a new flat-screen as neatly and quietly as a TV lift? We’ll keep our eyes on this poll to see if it changes much, but clearly there’s a trend in home theaters being set in 2011. Have you gotten your new TV yet?

The ‘Techiest’ of TV Remotes: The iPad/iPhone

Welcome to the new era of channel-surfing! Two weeks ago, Comcast released its new Xfinity TV app for the iPhone and iPad, which acts as a remote control and TV guide for most Comcast-compatible TV boxes. The free app connects to your DVR or cable set-top boxes, and after logging in, you can manage each DVR unit or cable box you own. Then, after entering your zip code and choosing your channel offerings, the app loads on your mobile device an interactive, searchable TV guide, from which you can select the show you want to watch and your TV will either change to that channel or your DVR will set to record it.

The remarkable difference between Comcast’s Xfinity TV app and a traditional remote control is that you don’t have to be in the same room as your TV to control it. Since the iPhone and iPad connect to the Internet, you can be sipping coffee at a café with your friends (or standing in line buying Christmas presents) while setting up to record the season premiere of your favorite show. And in a home with different boxes running to multiple TVs, the Xfinity TV app can accommodate every member of your family.

While the app does not allow you to watch TV on your iPhone or iPad (yet), the ability to manage your home TV and DVR, search for shows, browse On-Demand listings, filter results by genre, network and more, makes this app many times more useful than the TV guide in your newspaper or scrolling through your service provider’s guide channel just to find something interesting to watch.

And not to leave out the many Android fans, Comcast has also announced plans to release the Xfinity TV app to the Android Market sometime in December, but it is not yet known if that app will support streaming video playback, which is a feature already being planned for in a future update for the iPad app.

However, don’t throw away your TV remote just yet. You’ll still need it to turn your TV on/off, as well as adjust the volume. But who knows, in a couple more months there may be a mobile app that does that too, but can you also set it up to extend your recliner? Only time and technology will tell.

 
 
 
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