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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Screen Savers?

AppleTV Screen Saver

The MacDailyNews video walkthrough of the Apple TV interface features a Screen Saver menu. Several questions spring to mind:

Why are so few screen savers shipping on the device?
Why isn't there an RSS screen saver?
Why isn't there a Photocast screen saver?
Why aren't there iTunes visualizers as screen savers?
Do the current screen savers run on Core Animation?
Does the Apple TV support standard screen saver files (.saver)?
Does the Apple TV support Quartz Composer files (.qtz)?
Is there a way to put any old OSX screen saver on the Apple TV?
Will Apple allow third-party developers to create screen savers for the Apple TV?
Will Apple offer add-on screen savers themselves?
Will they be for sale?
Will they be web-aware?
Will the Apple TV become the first cheap networked passive information appliance?

You know they already make one--the expensive one--the Mac mini. I have one, hooked up to an HD display--I'm already living this dream--I have the "living room" they talk about. I spin a wheel to select a cut. Once playing, an AppleScript triggers fullscreen GasLight. When it's not, the news fades in through a modded RSS screen saver. I already have video conferencing from the couch, IPTV, and an infinite selection of movies.

I know what's next in the living room--I'm building it for myself piece-by-piece. Just let me show the others, let me polish that homebrew and put it on that thin, thin device. Just screen savers still? Or beautiful passive information interfaces? Let me help decide, open it up.

Fullscreen-2---CoverFlow

Fullscreen-2---RSS

Blogger Mick thought:

Your world rocks! Big screen CoverFlow...nice speakers...no wonder you're always watching a movie when I call...I'm envious!

January 30, 2007 at 10:51 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Ellen thought:

That is exactly how I pictured that lamp in your lives. orgo+techno.

love you both,
E

February 2, 2007 at 1:22 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Yeah, it's such a warm light. Perfect there.

A.

February 2, 2007 at 5:02 PM - Comment Permalink  

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