It seems apparent that from the onset of the TV set’s lustrous career, adverts have been the bane of television viewing. As in the late 1940s Eugene McDonald Junior, founder and president of the Zenith Radio Corporation, believed watching TV would be vastly improved if viewers weren’t forced to watch so many commercials. As a consequence of Mr McDonald’s irritation, in 1950 his company invented the first TV remote control, aptly named “lazy bones”.
Naturally such a revolutionary device, beacme widely popular, although like most technology and gadgets, society has a tendency to soon become complacent about their functions, critical of their limitations and discerning of their downfalls. Tired of tripping up on unsightly remote control cables and still unable to instantly ‘mute’ the adverts, just five years later, Zenith released the “Flashmatic” – the first wireless remote control, which used a beam of light aimed at sensors on the TV that controlled the power, rotated the tuner dial and, at last, turned the sound on and off!
What’s a brief history of the TV remote control got to do with the gadgets of today? Well remote control proliferation is a somewhat contentious issue in the world of technology, with many believing the device has promoted laziness, spoilt us, and even encouraged a rise in obesity. Continuing its prolific evolution in 2010, 2011 looks set to make multi-faceted entertainment available at the touch of a button – deepening the remote control antagonist’s objections. And none more so than Kaleidoscope’s 100 Blu-ray Disc Server – making getting off the settee as prehistoric as Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Simply defined, this neat-looking box gives you access to the content of 100 high-definition and high fidelity Blu-ray discs. Kaleidoscope’s box rips and stores data digitally and then streams it directly to a compatible Blu-ray player – although at the moment can only stream to a Kaleidoscope M300 or M500 player.
Unlike the good old-fashioned, ‘bog-standard’ remote control, gadgets this advanced and sophisticated in their methods in transpiring the term ‘couch potato’ into a civilization of sedentary entertainment indulgers, does not come without a price – $1,495 to be exact.
Although as rapidly as modern technology is evolving, as quickly is its tendency to drop in price, and waiting for these multi-data storage device’s inevitable price fall is advisable.