Friday, May 25, 2012

My Home Could Use The iHub

We are an Apple household, with a desktop mac, laptop, iPad, iPods, and iPhones.  But as we use them, each product has become more a single user experience and it is hard to share notes, calendar items, specific photos, and other information easily within the family.  We are missing that hub; a device that incorporates the family information and manages it among our individual data.

Now according to Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey, such a product may be next to emerge from the Apple labs.  As " McQuivey wrote. 'Instead of selling a replacement for the TV you just bought, Apple should convince millions of Apple fans that they need a new screen in their lives. Call it the iHub, a 32-inch screen with touch, gesture, voice, and iPad control that can be hung on the wall wherever the family congregates for planning, talking, or eating.'”  I want one provided it can do the things I need to manage.

My ideal screen would be iPad like but easily hung on the wall.  A constant connection to a wall plug to assure it is always on.  It would replace our monthly calendar where we still hand write kids school activities, school lunches, little league games, and other obligations, like the dinner out, bbq with friends, street fairs and more.  How nice to write it once and share it among all the apple devices.  Integrated with the notes app, but separated for various ongoing lists like supermarket, Target, and Costco, a quick press of the button and we can tell Siri which list to add certain items.  Need to jot a note to the family that someone called or an immediate to do reminder, the screen could be turned into a wipe pad.  Easy to use, simply to work, and practical for the family in so many ways.And when not in use, a great screen to display photos of the family.  Sign me up; I already have a place in the kitchen to hang it up.

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