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chanj0
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Innovation in China
chanj0   8/1/2013 5:22:46 PM
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Chromecast is not the first innovation I have seen from China. I am sure it will not be the last. Compared to 20/ 30 years ago, development platforms are so easy to acquire and the cost is relatively low. College graduates from China might just be making a fun toy w/o knowing they have created something unique and special. However, some products need to be improved in terms of form factor and packaging. More importantly, the innovators will need a good marketing team to help out putting the product into market.

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Re: Innovation in China
alex_m1   8/2/2013 4:32:57 PM
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PlayON + roku did provide pc to tv streaming capapbilities, and , from what i read , were  pretty good. And they did it for some time.  But the pricing was higher: $50 for ruko + $100 for playon software.

 

Google just convinced netflix and others to add the cast button(which is definetly a good idea) , lowered prices and did a lot of marketing. These are things that generally done by big companies.

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Great questions!
rick merritt   8/1/2013 8:02:13 PM
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I love the picture of the Chromecast-like gadget bought a year ago in a China electronics market!

These are wonderful questions, David, and I'd love to hear thoughtful responses to them.

I'd add one more--when will China get that its missing ingredient is some great software?

kfield
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China devices
kfield   8/1/2013 8:06:09 PM
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David: It would be intersting for you to compare the two devices. I've bought stuff cheap in China, only later to realize I pretty much got what I paid for, but I realize there are always exceptions. Would love to see a teardown!

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Miracast
tpfj   8/2/2013 1:07:47 PM
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Is this not just Miracast re-branded and tweaked? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracast

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clarification and getting to the point!
dcblaza   8/2/2013 1:41:00 PM
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Just wanted to clarify the processor vendor in the device I bought last year is Telechips and they are from Korea.  The larger point  I was trying to get across is that all the building blocks are available today (in fact yesterday) but the missing ingredient seems to be software and the visionary who puts the pieces together.  In this case it was Google (or an engineer there who spotted the potential) who found the killer app, in the past its been Dyson with his vacuum cleaner, Steve Wozniak with the Apple 1 and more recently Eben Upton with Raspberry Pi.  The exciting part is all the parts are readily avaialble for some cool innovations around the "Internet of Things" and we will see the birth of some great companies this decade.  Hopefully we will spot them here first at EETimes.com!!

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Killer Apps
cookiejar   8/2/2013 2:56:06 PM
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In order for a product to be successful, you need:

1. reliable technology

2. market exposure

3. market acceptance.

An example of a product which had 1. and 2. but lacked 3. was the Apple Newton touch pad computer.  When reintroduced decades later, 3. was in place and the iPad took off.

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One out of three ain't bad
betajet   8/2/2013 3:59:17 PM
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Actually, the Apple Newton was largely viewed as having unreliable handwriting recognition and was the butt of jokes in both Doonesbury and The Simpsons:

From Wikipedia:
The Simpsons features the Newton during the episode "Lisa on Ice", where school bully Dolph makes a memo on the device to "Beat up Martin", which the handwriting recognition software mistranslates to "Eat Up Martha".

I see lots of people typing on the iPad screen keyboard.  Handwriting recognition?  I haven't seen people using an iPad for that.

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Re: One out of three ain't bad
rich.pell   8/2/2013 4:22:26 PM
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"Handwriting recognition?  I haven't seen people using an iPad for that."

Some do.  There are several handwriting recognition apps available for the iPhone/iPad.

betajet
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Re: One out of three ain't bad
betajet   8/2/2013 4:37:29 PM
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Do you know how well they work?  I often can't read my own handwriting.

I recently overheard some young people talking about how they never learned "cursive", so maybe their printing is easier to recognize :-)

rich.pell
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Re: One out of three ain't bad
rich.pell   8/2/2013 4:53:46 PM
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"Do you know how well they work?"

Some work quite well.  I was impressed enough with the capabilities of the free MyScript Memo app that I purchased the handwriting recognition feature in my copy of Notes Plus for iPad, which uses the MyScript engine.  I generally print when I write by hand, by I've read that MyScript apparently works well with (at least some people's) cursive handwriting as well.

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Which Way Forward?
garydpdx   8/4/2013 1:13:10 PM
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Junko Yoshida picked up one of these in China last autumn, too, and wrote about it here:

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1266213&

As she points out (and someone else, in this discussion), Roku offers a streaming stick in the US.  The issues for Roku and Google Chromecast will be content.

Streaming sticks will disrupt the set-top box market and maybe even traditional TV's, as your need for a tuner will be moot.  Just use a regular monitor.

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Needs a rejoinder from Google
_hm   8/5/2013 9:44:45 AM
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Rick recently wrote about Google launch and Sundar Pinchai. Can Rick get clarification from Sundar Pinchai?

 

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