when industries collide, design concepts look quaint

This review from David Pogue does a good job of illustrating how quickly, people feel uncomfortable when one design paradigm is grafted on to another – without first re-factoring both concepts for the new aim in mind. 

“Google Mail. Google Phone. Google Voice. Google News. Holy cow. Is there any corner of our lives where Google doesn’t want a toehold?

Not anymore. It’s here, just in time for the holidays: Google TV!
…Now, the idea of bringing the Web to your TV is not a new idea. It’s been kicking around since the Internet was still in pull-ups.

But no matter how many times the industry tries to cram Web+TV down our throats, the masses just don’t swallow. That’s probably because when we sit down at the TV, we want to be passive, with brains turned off, and when we surf the Web, we’re in a different mind-set: more active, more directed.

For some reason, though, this year, the tech industry is going Web+TV crazy. Maybe it’s because they’re all focusing on Web video, not the whole Internet enchilada (e-mail, browsing and so on). Already, you can get services like YouTube, Netflix on demand and Amazon movies through set-top boxes like Apple TV, Roku, Western Digital Live Hub, TiVo Premiere and many others.

But Google TV wants to reopen the case for the whole Internet on your TV. It offers access to Web video but also has a full-blown (well, mostly blown) Web browser built in.

At this early stage, only three gadgets have Google TV: a 46-inch Sony TV (the catchy-named NSX-46GT1, $1,400) and two devices that put it on your existing TV, a Sony Blu-ray player (NSZ-GT1, $400) and a set-top box from Logitech called the Revue (steeply priced at $300). I tried out the Sony TV and the Logitech box.

This much is clear: Google TV may be interesting to technophiles, but it’s not for average people. On the great timeline of television history, Google TV takes an enormous step in the wrong direction: toward complexity.

For starters, it requires a mouse and keyboard. That’s right. For your TV. Hope you weren’t going for that rustic look in your TV room…”

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