ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Microsoft X-Box 360 SmartGlass overview and changes in our Living Rooms

Updated on May 26, 2013
Source
Source

You take your living room seriously and you value your living room because it is the most comfortable place you can have all to yourself and have the control of things round. Well, Microsoft has also realized how this living room is important to you and they have just announced a product that will be hard for you to resist.

Microsoft has announced a “universal changer” to your living room, and it is called SmartGlass. I call it a “universal changer” because not only will it change your living room but it will also seize your TV screen, be your internet remote control and also be your game controller.

For many years, the television set in our living room has been forgotten. While there has been an upward trend in innovation about any other electronic device in out homes, the TV set innovation has been sluggish, save for some developments in screen picture clarity and technology.

But why can’t the rate of innovation change in our TVs match that of other devices such as computers, cellphones, Cameras and the rest? Why can’t we have the same experience revolutions as other devices? Why can’t I connect to a mouse or a keyboard and re-purpose the TV to enjoy the functionalities of my tablet with the wide TV screen? Why can’t I experience the browsing experience with my TV?

When Microsoft introduced their SmartGlass at E3, they must have perceived all these questions. They wanted to unify all the devices in our living room into a useful home network that will add more value by making devices share contents and support other features.

With the Xbox SmartGlass application, you’ll be able to synchronize your videos and games on the screen by using your tablet or smart phone as a remote control.

SmartGlass works as your second screen with a truly unique viewing experience, that means you can be able to view real-time game stats on your iPhone or even display trivia and maps on your tablet for that show that you really enjoy.

Many would say that SmartGlass is an imitation of Apple’s AirPlay, but I disagree. SmartGlass is more than Apple’s AirPlay, it is an ambitious smart innovation from Microsoft that will change our Television set and living room entertainment forever. Television will no longer be the same old screen, animated mostly by outdated cable packages with mind-numbingly stupid interactive interfaces.

Xbox Live executive Marc Whitten introduces SmartGlass Technology at E3.
Xbox Live executive Marc Whitten introduces SmartGlass Technology at E3. | Source

SmartGlass application not only will it turn your tablet and iPhone into your second screen for your Television, but it will also become your show companion, game controller, internet remote control and much more, all in one show.

Better still, Microsoft is being smart about this innovation by not keeping SmartGlass exclusive to Windows. SmartGlass is designed to be portable with Windows, iOS and Android, it means you don’t have to add an array of extra hardware to what you already have.

And while you thought SmartGlass is only good at pushing audio and video in your living room, actually it is more than that. SmartGlass will turn anything with a smart screen into a multi-screen for your preferred show. At the introduction of SmartGlass at E3 press conference, as Game of Thrones was being shown on the TV via Xbox 360, a SmartGlass-enabled tablet displayed a map of Westeros and other relevant content about the show.

Microsoft X-Box 360 SmartGlass

It was also possible to push show content from a computer or a tablet or an iPhone to the 360 or from 360 to a Television directly. SmartGlass engross show content at multiple levels by connecting to multiple devices to create a multi-level show in a single theatre.

Microsoft also announced that it will introduce IE (Internet Explorer) to Xbox, that will make SmartGlass to turn your iPhone into a browser remote and make surfing web on your television even better.

By introducing SmartGlass and its features, Microsoft is opening new business channels for producers, artists and creators to develop far more than single-screen TV experiences.

I see Microsoft vision of our living room as a calculated technology move deviating to what they’ve already cherished and mastered, the PC. When I look keenly, I see Xbox replacing computers, our living room Televisions being monitors and our phones and tablets replacing the mouse and keyboard. And this especially due to the openness of SmartGlass, you can come up with your own Hardware, all what matters is the Xbox.

Source
Source
Source

One thing though is whether the content providers will take advantage and exploit this technology. Although Xbox video and HBO Go have already joined in, other big content providers such as Netflix are yet to join. Add to that the idea of using iPhone or tablet as a remote controller, at first it may sound cumbersome than just using the remote itself.

Remember the Microsoft Kinect device?, pausing it by shouting “Xbox, pause!” seemed enjoyable at first but hitting the green button proved to be quicker.

There are still doubts whether Microsoft will support the older Zune players in SmartGlass, although Microsoft assured it will transfer Zune Music Accounts over to the Xbox Music service once it is launched.

Although the official launch of SmartGlass is not yet till fall, users should be aware that this connected technology will come at a cost and that many of the services provided in SmartGlass have monthly subscription fee attached to them.

Perhaps, Microsoft should come up with an option to let users connect SmartGlass through other hosted services such as Windows Home Server in addition to iOS and Android.

I see SmartGlass as a great technology from Microsoft, it is absentmindedly watching TV while you surf the web on a laptop. We are seeing a trend where more shows and products are trying to sell the idea of multitasking while we do other things like watch shows. That should be the catchy from Microsoft. I just hope the technology will not end up being too sophisticated for the average users to a point where it will be terrifying rather than being enjoyed.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Blogger Sazzad for stopping and reading.

    • Blogger Sazzad profile image

      Blogger Sazzad 

      6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Nice hub man, keep it up.

    • profile image

      Mercy 

      6 years ago

      That great job.congratulations!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)