What if Your Remote Could Tweet?

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Mon, Aug 31 - 8:00 am EDT | 5 years ago by
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According to a new patent filing, IBM is working on a TV remote control that can automatically post what you’re watching to Twitter. (Or any other microblogging service.) It’s called a “networking remote,” and it could signal the arrival of a something I’m coining a brand new term for right now: the Tweevice.

The Baltimore Sun first dug up IBM’s patent, pointing out that it was originally filed last year, but only recently was posted on the U.S. Patent Office website. The networking remote could have built-in tags to go along with your Tweets, or you could program in customized tags that you could then access with the mash of a button.

If IBM’s remote control catches on, I can’t help wondering what other Tweevices we might see. A Tweeting GPS for your car that posts your whereabouts? A Tweeting fridge that tells the world what you’re having for dinner (and maybe even when you’re cheating on your diet)? A Tweeting power tool that lets all your friends know when you’re working on a new project?

(Side note: I wonder how long it will be before everyone that was so concerned about online privacy a few years ago realizes that that same privacy has been tricked out of them by the wonders of social media?)

But the very notion of a Tweevice begs the question: Do we need a remote control that can auto-blog? I believe Twitter to be a legitimately useful service, but I have to admit that there’s a lot of ridiculously trivial information spread through it.

Do all of your friends really need to know that you’re watching Dog the Bounty Hunter right-this-very-second?

Image by Robin Parrish.

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