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04-10-2012, 11:24 PM #1
iPhone turns remote, creates social viewing experienceThiru Arunachalam and Bala Krishnan have turned your iPhone into a TV remote. Peel, their startup in downtown Mountain View, hopes to 'peel' off the layers of complexities associated with today's TV viewing.
All you need is your television set, an Apple device, an iPhone or even an iPod Touch, a wireless router, an odd-looking infrared blaster called the Peel Fruit, and the Peel cable which links directly to your home WiFi router's open ethernet port.
The Peel uses both WiFi and ZigBee, a wireless protocol technology, for connectivity and therefore, must be placed within 25 feet of each other. The Peel Fruit does all the talking to your TV and thus sits near the TV set. Then download the free Peel application from the App Store and your iPhone turns into your tele-remote.
But for the Peel experience, you must feed in the kind of shows -- or even genres -- that you like. And Peel 'discovers' the kind of shows you would like, eliminating the rest of the massive clutter....being a human...