It’s hard not to be wowed by today’s 4K TVs, living room projectors, and multi-room sound systems. And between Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Shudder, FilmStruck, and the myriad of internet TV services, it’s easy to bombard ourselves with entertainment options beyond the traditional walls of cable. But we’re still living in a fragmented world that requires hopping between apps, remembering what show is where, and keeping tabs on content that might suddenly disappear at the end of each passing month. Even Alexa is affected; you might be able to play Amazon Music on basically any Alexa-enabled device, but something as essential as Spotify support varies depending on the product. We’ve seen some fascinating attempts to leapfrog the limitations and frustrations of today’s entertainment platforms and streaming devices. Take the Caavo, for example. This $400 “remote of the future” uses machine vision to operate all the gadgets plugged into your TV (and the TV itself) by automatically doing the grunt work of switching inputs, opening the right episode, and hitting play — all with a single voice command. It actually understands what’s happening on your TV screen. It doesn’t (and can’t) eliminate all the menus and steps necessary to start streaming something; it just handles those tedious steps for you. And you thought your Logitech Harmony remote was fancy. In today’s episode of Home of the Future, you’ll see how home integrators have managed to do the best they can with what they’ve got right now by wrangling home… [Read full story]
The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience.
Our original editorial insight was that technology had migrated from the far fringes of the culture to the absolute center as mobile technology created a new generation of digital consumers. Now, we live in a dazzling world of screens that has ushered in revolutions in media, transportation, and science. The future is arriving faster than ever.