In following the Roka/Netflix player discussion, I was thinking that
there's always been a push to simplify functionality down to the bare
When everyone was trying to put PCs in your pocket, Palm came out with
with an elegant, brain-dead device that didn't do much, but what it
did was the necessary components.
Pauric (if I understand his arguments) was saying that the Roka box
was the wrong direction, because its more limiting than using a real
computer in its place (ala Apple TV-ish).
Then, in my email this morning, Best Buy shows me this device: http://tinyurl.com/5stxrv
It's basically the logic component for a digital picture frame that
you'd plug into a real display and use for store display or a trade
show. I've even seen it used in food-court restaurants for menus.
Sure, you could just plug a low-end PC into the display and do the
same thing, but is there a place for a dedicated component that has a
great experience for doing just thing one or two things it needs to do?