Friday, April 22, 2011

Who Knew?

I have been making videos of family events for over 20 years.  When I visit my parents, I dutifully compile DVD's to present my latest productions.  I show DVD's on a big screen television yet none of my relatives pay attention for more than 30 seconds.

This trip, I simply copied a a few .mp4 and .jpg files to my PlayBook before leaving.  I was not expecting much. To my surprise my audience was riveted to the PlayBook screen. It didn't matter if I showed new content, or old videos from YouTube, people wanted to see everything. There is something about the intimacy of holding a 7" screen that grabbed everyone's interest.

My parents both turn 80 this year. They have never owned a computer and really don't care much about technology. They were impressed by the PlayBook - and never wanted to put it down.  I may have to buy a second one.

1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting. Speaks to what people expect to see on their TVs and what they expect to see on a personal device, perhaps, and the associated attention span.