|5 Ways the iPad Will Reshape Consumer Electronics|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Audio Related Articles|
|Written by Mike Flacy|
|Thursday, 08 April 2010|
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We have been playing with iPads in our offices nonstop for the past few days. It’s really a captivating device, specifically for media consumption. Every time I walk around to take a look at the nearby iPads, I see great apps like Netflix instant streaming, Pandora and iBooks running. If you read our 30 iPhone / iPod Touch Apps for Your Home Theater article, you would see that much of the consumer electronics industry is already jumping into the mobile touchscreen market for everything from system control to audio / video calibration.
Logitech should jump into this market full force with the Harmony platform. The same goes for the high end controller companies like Crestron. The large, high resolution screen is the perfect size for remote functions and the form factor of the iPad is made for sitting around your dedicated home theater. There's already several universal remote apps on the iPhone app store, but they will need to be updated to take advantage of the iPad landscape.
What if that new Samsung Television you purchased allowed you to utilize all the apps that comes with their new line of televisions on your iPad, but without disturbing what’s happening on the screen? What if your cable / satellite receiver allowed you to peruse the channel guide and offered live video preview of said channels on your iPad, all without overlaying that user interface on the main screen?
What if you could purchase HD movies on iTunes with your iPad and it would stream them into your television screen via your home network? What if you could use the on screen keyboard on the iPad to search through your cable provider’s upcoming program lineup or perhaps type questions during a BD-Live chat session with James Cameron during a networked screening of Avatar?
Device integration will likely roll out fairly slowly, but companies that are already investing in iPhone app development are likely to release iPad versions as well. Yamaha, Comcast, Denon, Dish Network, Sonos and Direct TV would be likely candidates to release official apps for their networked devices.