The other day I was setting up the “Internet” channel on my Nintendo Wii – basically the Opera Browser. I was messing around my with Wii – seeing all it could do – and I’d heard that I could stream media using the browser. I suddenly realized having this browser on the Wii significantly alters the capability of the product. While it’s primarily a gaming machine (great for families) the browser changes the capabilities of the device. What can I do with a browser now?
- Browse simple web pages on my TV
- Watch YouTube videos on my TV (such as TWIT)
- Stream music, videos, etc. from my Computer (Orb)
- Check my e-mail, Facebook, etc.
- Look at just about anything on the net
Do you know what the best thing about this is – it was free. The addition on one piece of software fundamentally changes the nature of the box – from just a game machine to more of a computer. There is no one telling me what I can and can’t do – the browser opens up a world of choice and power. I wonder sometimes if the browser has become one of the most powerful applications on any modern device. Can you imagine a world without it?
Now today the Internet has a profound influence in our lives – as many of use spend a lot of time online doing many things. We shop, we communicate, we learn – we live online in many ways now. And that browser facilitates so much of that – one piece of software with so much potential…