Logitech + Google TV - The Trojan Horse PC In Your Living Room
Logitech has built a very large business making everything for the computer except the computer itself: keyboards, mice, desktop speakers, etc.
Today Logitech launched its Revue, a set-top box containing its version of Google TV plus a remote control that looks like a regular Qwerty keyboard with a few extra buttons.
Using a search interface, Revue is connected to your living room TV and uses your wireless or wired network to bring TV content from web sources and it is integrated with your cable TV box.
It's not designed for your mom to use, thats for sure but if you are already a Logitech Harmony remote user you can master Revue.
What struck me is that all of the the web side of the content equation is already available to you through your laptop. I cut my cable TV off more than two years ago and use a spare laptop to stream TV content from dozens of Internet sources. With Revue you don't need a laptop, it's essentially a PC (Intel Atom inside) with a Google OS: Android; with a Chrome web browser.
You might use it for TV but you could also use it for running apps and many of the things you do with a laptop and browser.
One way of looking at this is that Google TV turns your TV into a Google PC. And no Microsoft required...
Here's some of the Logitech coverage in the form of a Pearltree. Pearltrees caches the web content so you can browse faster than the Internet. I picked out a few of the better reports.
This Pearltree includes the following and more:
Logitech's Google TV-powered Revue up for pre-order today, $299.99 | VentureBeat
You can grab this pearltree and put it in your account. If I add fresh content it will automatically be updated.