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5 Ways the iPad Will Reshape Consumer Electronics Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 April 2010
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5 Ways the iPad Will Reshape Consumer Electronics
Home Automation and Video

Home Automation:

Control4 has already rolled out their iPad application and we imagine other companies aren’t far behind.  Beyond home theater system control, the Control4 application allows you to adjust lighting and temperature in the house along with monitoring web cams.  The price tag is extremely attractive as well.  Touch Screen panels for home automation typically run about 3 to 4 times for the iPad size.

Control4 app

You could potentially purchase multiple iPads for the price of 1 panel and mount them all over your home.  The key to making this work would be to remove the ability to walk around with said iPads.  Although, popping open a home automation application on your iPad while at work to turn off lights remotely or check web cams is an awesome feature.  We are really looking forward to seeing what the home automation leaders will be showing off at CEDIA this year.

Video Consumption:

video viewThe beauty of the iPad is that it runs streaming video applications so well.  The Netflix streaming application is lightning fast as well at ABC’s video player.  The direction that seems to be the most interesting is how your DVR will interact with your iPad.  There are already excellent applications like Air Video for the iPhone that streams video files from your home computer, but this seems ideal for a platform like Tivo or Moxi to jump on.

The concept isn’t new.  Slingplayer is already trying to make it popular on the iPhone.  But the iPad is arguably much faster at accessing and buffering up HD video files.  A DVR company (or cable company for that matter) could take a leading position in the iPad market by offering the ability to watch your DVR recorded programming anywhere.   

With today’s announcement of multitasking (among many other improvements) coming in the Fall of 2010, the iPad will rapidly become a wildly popular platform by the end of the year.   We would be shocked if the iPad wasn’t in a minimum of 5 million homes by the end of 2010.  The only question is how fast the consumer electronics industry will adopt the iPad as a platform to expand the functionality of their devices.

Question: What do you want to be able to do with your home theater on an iPad?  

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