- [TiVo is] embracing our self-indulgence, greed and laziness by working toward a device that I like to call the Perfect Machine: a cheap, small, quiet, stylish thing that sits in your living room and can display all of your entertainment, from TV shows to music to movies to photos; it also hooks into the Web and gives you access to all manner of audio and video available online.
The new project -- which TiVo calls "Tahiti" -- essentially aims to create a souped-up super-TiVo, a box so inviting, so enthralling, you'll never leave the couch .... The Perfect Machine ameliorates laziness, refines sloth, embellishes indulgence.
The Perfect Machine is flexible in the way that a computer is, but works as flawlessly as a DVD player. The Perfect Machine, the ultimate hybrid of a PC and a consumer electronics device, would be upgradable and minimally programmable, but it would never freeze up or slow down.
And why shouldn't entertainment be this easy? I want a box that has my TV, movies, and music, all available, all the time. And I'm so lazy, I don't even want to try to find content. I want a box that helps me discover shows I didn't even know existed, that finds content for me. It should all just work. It should be that easy.
I hope TiVo does build the "perfect machine". At this point, it looks like they're either going to build it or die trying.
[via Jeff Nolan -> Om Malik]