Don’t you hate scrolling through cable directories to find out what’s on TV? Now you don’t have to, using Peel, the bulbous thing shown above. From what I understand, you install the Peel app on your iPhone, then yell “CRIMINAL MINDS” at it, and then boom, you’re watching all the Criminal Minds you want. Or maybe we should let the website explain:
Finally, Peel has come along with nifty gadget, designed by Yves Behar’s Fuseproject, that lets you sidestep all that mess. All of the interaction happens using an app on your smartphone instead of your remote; the little fruit-shaped doodad above is a Wi-Fi/IR station that acts as a go-between for your TV and smartphone. When you sit down to watch TV, you simply tap your location into the app. It then goes and looks up all the shows that are on, and lists them in a clean interface. (The Peel device comes in three different shapes: An apple, an orange, and a pear.)
But what’s particularly alluring is that the interface is molded by your own preferences: You can say what you like, you can search by genre, and over time, the app’s AI starts to recognize your viewing patterns and makes suitable suggestions. In addition to controlling your TV, audio, and DVR, Peel also has a social function, so that you can share what you’re watching with friends.
“Are you guys watching Criminal Minds right now? I am!” “Gary, stop calling me.”