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The Second Coming Of Small Screens In The Home

Much as the watch was the first digital display to grace most people’s wrists, the alarm clock was the first digital display to appear in many households. But tech companies have long been eager to establish a “fourth screen” in the home, beyond the TV, PC, and phone. Starting in the late ’90s, such efforts included web surfing devices like the MSN Companion and Virgin Webplayer , the channel-centric Chumby , and products focused on streaming media such as Sony’s Dash and HP’s Dreamscreen . Chumby But the product category that did best was far simpler: digital picture frames. Ceiva— which is still around —established the field in 1999 with the launch of its first frame, which used a dial-up modem to retrieve photos from its subscription service.

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The Second Coming Of Small Screens In The Home

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