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眼球控制電視技術,眼小怎麼辦?

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在上海一個展覽,海爾屏示了一項以眼球控制電視的技術。理論上,這種技術並不算最新,因為在以前的屏覽也曾展示過相類似的技術,但今年的不同是海爾使用了 Tobii 感應器,使到偵側眼球轉動的效果更理想。

但不禁有個疑問,如果是眼眶相對較窄、眼球部分露出較小的使用者,會否就更難適應和使用這款最新的技術呢?目前,這類眼球控制技的實用方面是這樣的:可以讓使用者往上看,就能啟動選單,往下看就啟動音量控制,想調節轉動眼球,想確定就眨眼。但我們還是認為,從技術到普及,相信還有一段較長的時間。

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“I wear glasses because I have to. I don’t know a lot of people who wear them because they don’t have to,” he said. “I think the wrist is interesting. The wrist is natural.”

Apple is widely considered to be developing a “smartwatch,” with analysts speculating that it could have a 1.5- to 2-inch display, with technology similar to the iPod Nano, on sale in 2014.

He also acknowledged the company’s stock price, which has fallen 21 percent over the past year. “It’s been frustrating for investors and all of us,” Cook said. “What we have to do is focus on products.”

相關內容:

  1. Apple CEO Disses Glass: ‘The Wrist is Natural.’
  2. Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says CEO Tim Cook

自從Steve Jobs離世,蘋果增長速度放慢,是不爭的事實。與此同時,作為蘋果的緊密拍檔,鴻海的首季收入亦下跌19﹪,純利下跌2.9﹪。

關於鴻海的對策,WSJ做了一個有趣的報導,結論是鴻海亦跟Google和Amazon等互聯網企業一樣,以不同的角度去進軍內容業務,以下是部分有關內容:

Samsung Electronics Co.’s strong mobile sales haven’t benefited Hon Hai because Apple’s closest rival doesn’t outsource to the Taiwanese company.

Besides Apple, Hon Hai also assembles PCs for Hewlett-Packard Co., PlayStations for Sony Corp. and mobile phones for Nokia Corp.

The company has already made some headway with clients in China. It is assembling large liquid-crystal-display TVs for Chinese Internet-TV operator LeTV.com, smartphones for Huawei Technologies Co., and smartphones and TVs for U.S. TV maker Vizio, said people familiar with the projects. It also plans to manufacture a six-inch smartphone for Chinese TV station Hunan TV, which will come loaded with exclusive TV content.

Hon Hai’s ultimate aim is to be able to supply content for all of the devices it assembles, executives familiar with the company’s strategy said. The company is hiring software engineers for its research and development center in southern Taiwan, who will focus on developing mobile applications, cloud-computing technology for servers and applications for smartwatch devices. Company executives declined to disclose the amount of investments being made in software and content.

According to multiple reports, there are now seven bidders for Hulu, including

  1. pay TV operators DirecTV
  2. Time Warner Cable
  3. private equity firms KKR
  4. Guggenheim Digital
  5. The Chernin Group
  6. Silverlake Partners (along with talent agency William Morris Endeavor)
  7. Yahoo

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A good portion of its viewers pay to watch because Hulu is the only place where they can stream broadcast content online or on a mobile device or connected TV. And they might not pay if they can find their favorite shows elsewhere.

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“Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment in a powerful, all-in-one device.”

How Xbox One Plans to Fight Sony, Steam, and Everything Else

  • The front is nearly without embellishment; even the optical disc drive slot blends into the frontpiece of the box. On the whole, it looks more like a TiVo than any gaming console I’ve ever known.
  • The humplike battery pack on the controller’s underside is all but gone; the triggers and shoulder buttons are carved from a single graceful swath of material.
  • Quantifying graphical performance is notoriously squishy. That being said, Microsoft touts the Xbox One as delivering 8 times the graphic performance of the 360.
  • If the revision of the console consisted mostly of upgrades to its components and architecture, the Kinect received a head-to-toe retooling.
  • It’s essentially like turning each pixel of the custom-designed CMOS sensor into a radar gun, which allows for unprecedented responsiveness.

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Robert Scoble
Rackspace’s startup liaison officer helps small teams have a huge impact with cloud computing technology.

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It’s that significant. 

2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations “who would buy this?” As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.

3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of “wow” or “amazing” or “that’s crazy” or “stunning.” 

4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn’t let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven’t seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.

5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn’t show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn’t talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).

6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

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Bernard Marr

Best-selling business author and enterprise performance expert

Rumour has it that later this year Apple will launch a wrist watch that will not only tell you the time but will allow you to monitor yourself and control other devices. The watch will understand where you are, what you have eaten, how many calories you have burnt, how well you have slept etc.

The reason I believe the iWatch (or the smart watch idea in general) will change the world is because it will allow all of us to collect and analyse data on both a personal and global level. Take health as an example. These intelligent wrist watches will permit monitoring of an individual’s heart rate, calorie intake, activity levels, quality of sleep and more.

重要內容

  1. Samsung Confirms It Will Build A Smart Watch As Speculation About Apple’s iWatch Continues
  2. Apple’s Planned ‘IWatch’ Could Be More Profitable Than TV

Amazon would move into closer competition with Apple Inc. (AAPL), which sells its own set-top box called Apple TV. The device would also compete with products from Roku Inc. and Boxee Inc., as well as gaming consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. that deliver video programming.

The project is being run by Malachy Moynihan, a former vice president at Cisco Systems Inc. who worked on the networking giant’s various consumer video initiatives. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Moynihan spent nine years at Apple.

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“It would certainly make some sense,” said Jason Krikorian, a general partner at venture-capital firm DCM, and the former co-founder of Sling Media, who does not have knowledge of Amazon’s plans. “They have a ton of content, an existing billing relationship with millions of users.”

重要內容

  1. Amazon to Launch Set-Top Apple TV-Killer
  2. The economics behind Amazon’s possible set-top box gambit

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Hunter Walk

YouTube, Google, Second Life, Conan O’Brien

These are both absolutely true yet it doesn’t matter – video discovery startups are flawed products and even worse businesses. Why? Because they don’t fit into a consumer’s mental model. They’re fine products – several are very well-designed – and I’m sure many user studies provide answers like “oh yes, I totally need this,” but in reality there’s no habit being formed. Here’s why:

1. Verticalized content needs context not just collections.

2. Horizontal content needs to solve search not just browse or curation.

3. Social video is not a standalone product, just a signal.

4. It’s hard to make money on other people’s video when you can’t monetize it directly.

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