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Tech Wiz, the Screen as a service…

The number of screens you interact with. I was sitting, relaxing in my office yesterday not thinking about screens. I do often I know, consider the reality of the screen as a service. I get excel spreadsheets often at work that are dense, and incredibly hard to read. By hard to read I mean that they are three, four and five numbers past the decimal deep and it is critical that you can deal with the entire number. That means you have to have a larger screen to display that content on. Or at least, as you get older *like me) you have to have that larger screen. I have two larger screens (27” and 42”) in my office now. I use one of the computers for focusing on Excel sheets. The other computer and larger monitor is what I view word documents on.

It got me thinking about the other screens in my house, and the reality of smart TV’s. The “screen sharing” capabilities of the modern cell phone are amazing. But I have to say there is a gotcha. For example, while my iPhone can share to my Samsung tv, the integration of the Samsung phones to the TV is a lot tighter. If your goal is to share iPhone or iPad content on your TV, it is best to set up and uses the AppleTV box. Plus, if you have any movies in iTunes, you don’t have to use your device to watch them, the AppleTV can play them.  The concept I shared now more than four years ago was of the screen, however, actually being a service.

The difference between connecting to (or screen mirroring as we can today) and a service is that when you walk into a room, a service will tell you it is there. For the most part, this isn’t something we think about. You connect your phone to your car phone, once. From then on you expect it to work. The car phone is offering a service via Bluetooth. The screen as a service would operate similarly, but would not limit you to screen sharing. The screen as a service would allow you to consume real estate on the larger screen in a fashion that fit what you needed. Large excel sheet to read, throw that over to the large screen. Don’t want everyone in the room to see your text’s and emails, keep those on your device.

Someday we may end up with one screen to rule them all, and in the living room bind them!

  • Question of

    Do you use your TV as a computer, iPad or larger phone monitor today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you used the screen sharing of your phone/tablet before?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you ever have to make the image larger on your cell phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you use your cell phone to magnify small text today?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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