I did a talk at 2screen last week, I didn't say anything momentous but I pointed to a lot of stuff. And, since I was going too fast, wrote my slides too late and stuff got cropped off the bottom of the screen, wasn't able to be clear about where everything had come from.
So, here, just for the record are the things I pointed at.
The silly bit of intro pointed out that, all through my life I'd assumed more screens = better. It started with The Man Who Fell To Earth, progressed through the TV room at Graceland...
via NASA control rooms...
to James Bond. I'd always just assumed that more screens = higher status. But, if you think about it more, you realise that the highest status is accorded to the hidden screen. The one that issues forth silently on demand. Which led me down this YouTube rabbit hole:
In fact, it made me realise, I don't even understand TV. Let alone all this 2screen stuff. After all, we were told that the future was going to be higher fidelity and bigger screens and it wasn't was it? The future was this:
After that, all I did really, was ask a couple of questions:
1. Why Stop At Two?
Clearly, our homes/lives are going to be drenched in screens. It's not just going to be two. So here are some examples:
BERG are the daddies. Just build what they tell you.
Will there be displays everywhere? Of course. (This isn't the video I had, can't find it on YouTube any more.)
Will there be displays everywhere? Again. Of course.
Then I talked about this a bit.
And then this.
And James Darling's lovely bus thing.
And then I segued into my second silly question with a bit of Winky Dink and You.
2: Why Stop At Screens?
So we, obviously, started with some Talking Boony.
And a soupson of sphero.
And ended with some face replacement (why can't the second screen be superimposed on the first one?)...
...and some PixelPhones (who knows what phones are for anyway?)
And I think that's about it. Hope it wasn't too hot in there. It was hot.
Oh. And playing throughout on the other screen was the long version of this:
Which you can download here.