COOL ELECTRONIC GADGET: THE BRIGHTBOX
THE EMERGENCE OF CONVERGENCE (Written in 2005)
Everything seems to be melding. Cool electronic gadgets are coming out almost daily. The iPod is adding video. Phones take pictures, connect to the internet and play games.
SORRY FOLKS - THIS COOLEST OF THE COOL DID NOT MAKE IT. BRIGHTBOX HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS - OR MERGED - OR SOMETHING - WITH NO WORD.
I WILL LEAVE THE PAGE UP SO YOU CAN READ WHAT WAS TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE - AND HOPEFULLY THIS COOL ELECTRONIC GADGET WILL COME AROUND AGAIN.
THE CLOSEST THING TO THE BRIGHTBOX - WHICH IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED - IS THE APPLE TV - EXPLAINED AT THE END OF THIS PAGE.
Now comes the coolest of cool electronic gadget: Internet TV - in the form of Brightbox. A black box sits on top of your TV and connects to your cable or satellite - and to your high-speed internet.
It is the convergence of TV, the internet, and phone service. And this new wave of service also brings you unique program services. This electronic gadget includes:
- TV Tuning and Electronic Program Guide
You can display channels, titles, and other descriptive program information at the push of a button, making it easier to select programs for viewing or recording.
- Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
One-touch recording of live TV to an internal hard drive or to a DVD disc. Functions include: Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, Slow Motion, Instant Replay and Skip.
- DVD/CD Player/Recorder
This cool electronic gadget supports the playback of DVDs and CDs. you can burn copies of your favorite shows, movies, music, photos and more onto DVDs and CDs, and take your entertainment with you.
- Broadband Connectivity
Access your home network and the Internet for surfing, content, email and more through your TV. It is remotely upgradeable, and that ensures the latest application services and content are kept current and competitive on this cool electronic gadget.
- Video Phone
You can see or hear anyone with a web cam or a Brightbox live over the Internet. Or, you can do a video broadcast to up to 150 people simultaneously. The broadcaster and the viewers have no software to download.
- Movies on Demand
You can download and watch more than 5000 movies without dealing with or paying your cable or satellite company for the movie.
- Music on Demand
You can download and listen to all your favorite songs. Burn them to a CD or export to an iPod or other MP3 player with this cool electronic gadget.
- Web Browsing
High speed Internet browsing with a TV-centric website portal that provides the best surfing experience on your TV - with support for full-screen DVD quality video and audio streaming.
- Media Manager
You can burn and manage your music, movies, and photos on the Brightbox 120 GB hard drive - any PC connected to the same in-home network - or connected peripherals (ex., digital cameras, external storage drives, MP3 players).
- TV Email
Create and manage multiple email accounts from this email program specifically designed for your TV. You can also visit any web-based email accounts - or download POP3 email accounts to your Brightbox.
- Wireless Keyboard and Remote Control
You can simply and easily navigate your TV channels, the Internet and other Brightbox functions. Both devices include an easy-to-use trackball mouse for navigation.
- Dolby 5.1 Integration
You can connect with your home stereo system for superior sound and a total entertainment experience.
- Superior Connectivity
There is unmatched connectivity for USB, Firewire 1394, Component and Composite Video peripherals.
- Network Ready
Both ethernet and wireless connections are available to connect to your in-home network so you can share all your media anywhere in your home.
Okay - that’s the hardware lineup and what this cool electronic gadget can do. But that’s not all. There also is a cache of content that comes with the Brightbox. You get The Learning Network:
- Mastery TV
This is a learning channel for entrepreneurs, executives and ambitious individuals. It includes programming on: Leadership, Brand Marketing, Internet Marketing, Sales, Motivation, Relationships and more.
- Wealth YOUniversity
$15,000 in video learning about what it takes to develop and maintain real wealth. Leading experts include Loral Langemieir, Brian Tracy, and former Southwest Airlines CEO, Howard Putnam.
- Sales Power Institute
Designed for anyone who sells anything, including your own ideas. Thousands of dollars in no-hype training that will help you negotiate and influence better than ever before.
- Dream Life University
What does it take to live the life you always dreamed of? Great relationships, fulfilling work, and the money to afford the good life come to mind. And the good life can come to those who take the time to learn. This program contain hundreds of the world’s best experts as they teach you in fun and exciting ways.
- Go Women Network
You can join other women as they talk about success, happiness and peace of mind. Almost all of the speakers and experts are women who know what it takes to live a dream life. The network includes shows from relationship guru, Barbara De Angelis, and former Miss USA winner, Terry Amos.
- Kid’s Success College
Who says kids are too young for college? KSC programming is designed for kids 5-20 who want to get more out of life. Kids will learn what they don’t teach you in school (including regular college). Kids learn: Time Management, Communication, Safety and more.
Is that enough to be offered from one cool electronic gadget? No? How about shopping?
Brightbox allows you to shop at your favorite online stores - plus you can get special savings with Brightbox preferred vendors - it’s easy and convenient - with a chance for discounts supplied by Brightbox.
All this in one box that sets on or near your TV, and a wireless keyboard and remote control - both with built-in trackball.
This cool electronic gadget is NO MORE on the market. It was made to give you new functionality with your TV set, to access the internet and other communications all in one place - plus you were to get access to more channels than are offered by your cable or satellite service.
One more idea that could not make it - which if you read my pages on inventions and patents - you can see that marketing is 99% of all new ideas and products. If you can't get it to the marketplace (in other words - if you can't raise the money) - you disappear from the eyes of the world.
The closest thing to this cool electronic gadget coming to the marketplace - at least it is supposed to be coming soon - is the Apple TV --
With Apple TV, you can enjoy movies - TV shows - music - and podcasts in your iTunes library ... plus photos and movie trailers ... on your widescreen TV — wirelessly, from your Mac or PC.
Apple TV automatically grabs the digital media on your computer and makes it available for you to enjoy on your TV. Best of all, whenever you add something new in iTunes, Apple TV updates automatically.
Thanks to the intuitive interface, finding what you want to watch is as easy as navigating through a few simple menu items - using the included Apple Remote. Just a few clicks and you'll be enjoying all your favorites from the comfort of your couch.
We hope to bring more information and a source for Apple TV soon - when it finally bursts on the market. Till then - dream of what could have been with the Brightbox.
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