I've started to hear a new buzzword lately as people use their devices more to interact with other screens or devices back home: “second-screen technology.”
Many of us are already using second screens when we access the content on our computers remotely through cloud services online or stream videos from services like Netflix through our mobile devices. We're also using the technology when we use our devices to accent information we read in the newspaper (think QR codes) or look up additional information to supplement what we watch on television.
I think we're going to hear the term more, especially as our technology gets more portable.
So does John Koller, vice president of marketing for Home Consoles and Handheld Platforms at PlayStation (Sony Computer Entertainment America division), who first alerted me to this term.
“It is a key trend in tech, and it's fueled by a kind of larger cultural trend, which is that most of our time is now spent outside the home,” Koller said in an interview earlier this year, shortly after he attended the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif. “The idea behind second screens is kind of ubiquitous. There's a really wide range of uses for it and a wide range of people that would be interested.”
Koller said mobile applications and cloud computing — saving files on the Web instead of on a local device — have helped satiate the demand for access. “Apps are simply windows to the world,” he noted.
Content is no longer “locked into a singular device,” he said, adding that the gaming industry has helped bring this trend to the mainstream.
Consumers like to duplicate their experience with their home computers and gaming devices when they leave their houses without having to carry all their equipment, he said. The PlayStation Vita allows cross play — you can start a game on a PS3 console (and soon-to-be PS4) and then continue it on the PS Vita.
Also, you can also use the handheld device and a Wi-Fi connection to access additional content like photos, videos or music stored on the PS3 console.
“You can be anywhere in the world and access that content via Wifi,” Koller said. “I'm in San Francisco. I could be in Tokyo for meetings at Sony Corp. and I can actually access all my content back home.”
Other platforms also offer second-screen capabilities (think Apple and iCloud, or even the mobile apps from Splashtop found at splashtop.com that give you remote access to your computer from Windows, Android and Apple devices. It just depends on how you want to use them.
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