Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.
The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.
Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.
Nintendo showed-off its really rather entertaining Wii Music title at E3, a game featuing gesture-controlled instruments.
Gesture controls mean that when you play a saxophone you hold the controller in the same way as you do a normal sax, play guitar and hold the controls another way – and the whole experience is based on gesture, no button-pushing is required.
Wii Music will feature 50 different instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, violin and saxophone. There’s no metronome, neither, the experience is dependent on your ability, and while the game doesn’t score your musical efforts, it does allow you to record them and also to make music videos featuring up to four players at once.
Here’s a video showing a player using Wii Music at E3 last night.