Improving the TV experience with HbbTV

I had the chance to attend the HbbTV Symosium in Paris last December. Here are some interesting slides I collected.

HbbTV is now really on the launching ramp.

ProSieben channel in Germany reports 1.4M connections of unique TV set to its HbbTV service per month with a growth of 20%.

HbbTV usage

More intersting is the usage of HbbTV to improve the experience of impaired people.

Sign language assistance is available through HbbT for hearing-impaired

HbbTV hearing impaired

Improved contrast and font size are also available for visually impared people.

HbbTV visualy impaired

So HbbTV is not only introducing interactive advertizing as one often reduces it, but also improving the whole TV experience.

Mobile hair-slide

Do you have issues with your headset as I do? When planning to use it you just need 5 minutes to unknot the whole stuff?

I just found this interesting way to put away the headset in your pocket and save 5 minutes each time you intend to use it. You just need a hair-slide and here it is!

This is a girl’s invention, of course!

Mobile make-up

As you have probably noticed in some previous posts in this blog, I’m always curious of the usage people do with their mobile.

I found someone using a mobile in a pretty strange way. The shiny black screen was switched off and this lady was using it as a mirror to refresh her make-up. I manage to take these pictures discretely :

This gives a feature a product manager has never imagined: a mirror at the back of the device or a software using the front camera to control one’s make-up ! Device available in pink?

2010, the year of the Slate

2010 will be the year of the MID, eh … sorry of the Tablet … well not exactly, it will be the year of the SLATE. You know the Magic Slate like the one you used in nursery.

Magic Slate

Magic Slate, the old way

The Magic Slate is the concept of this year: a 5″ to 15″ flat screen with as less buttons as it is possible. The concept has been declined is every form at the last CES: eBooks, Computer, Phone.
The most impressive are the computer ones as they seem to be usable especially with Windows 7. Ballmer has presented the HP Slate during his keynote, and Apple is expected to announce its own by the end of this month.


Have a look at Gizmodo to know everything about the rumours on Apple’s Slate. By the way guess the name of the product. An easy one : iSlate or Magic Slate.

Archos has already one very nice the Archos 9, ready for shipping.

Archos 9

Archos 9 Slate Computer

It’s all very nice, but was is really missing is the usage. What will you do with a Slate? I believe people are fed up by technological blabla and want a clear value proposition. That’s the reason why MID didn’t take off. There was no real value proposition except: you’ve got an Internet Browser in your bag. Who will pay 300€ for a device with such a low value proposition?
So far, the Slate value proposition and usage aren’t very clear. Let’s wait until the end of the month. Usually Apple has got very clear view on these kinds of things.