We have reported on Silicon Valley from time to time. This time we briefly report on visits with Ozmo Devices, 4Home, Actiontec and TiVo. We've been impressed with the user experience provided by TiVo's DVRs.
In “the old days” we all knew what a telephone looked like and how to get service for it; there weren’t a lot of choices. As industries collide and the choices for communicating with someone by voice at a distance proliferate, it’s becoming increasingly complex for consumers to figure out what to buy, whom to buy it from and where it will work. Convergence may mean that an increasing number of devices transmit over IP, but it certainly doesn’t spell simplicity for the consumer. Will we face up to the challenge?
With our everyday lives becoming ever more dependent on technology, we're great fans of companies that devote resources to design products so they can be used by "real people". We've found only a few places doing such work and want to sing their praises. Please tell us about ones we're missing so we can point to more of them.