Is the iPad the Future for Interactive Television?
Can’t decide between fiddling with your iPad or watching that television program? Designer Notion feels your pain, and so they’ve come up with a concept for combining the two media into one, interactive experience. It’s called MetaMirror, and though it’s just in concept form right now, it looks like it’s supposed to, well, “mirror” what’s on the television on the iPad screen, and then overlay interactive content. Examples seen in some of the screenshots include things like sports, cooking shows, and concerts; but really, this concept could be applied to every show out there, though whether or not anyone would care remains to be seen.
I, for one, have already started to feel a bit overrun by the variety of media outlets at my fingertips. Between sitting at my computer, being on my phone, or relaxing in front of the television, it’s enough to make even the most devoted tech enthusiast wonder if something has gone wrong. Do we need MetaMirror? Probably not. Will the concept be developed? I’d bet on it.
We’ve already seen the idea take a different shape in the NBA’s Courtside iPad app . It was available for the 2010 playoffs, and lets users see stats and other data similar to watch the commentators have at hand. It wasn’t intended to turn the iPad into a media viewing device, but rather expand the television viewing experience with graphical interfacing and other interactive features.
MetaMirror by Notion looks to be taking it a step further, not only providing interactivity, but possibly encouraging us to use two media viewing devices side by side . . . for the same program. We can’t be sure, though, since it’s just a concept with few details attached to it. Whatever the case, get ready for another outlet for secondary content.