You have too many screens, have another to control them

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Here's an odd one: a screen to control all the screens in your life.  Ericsson demoed a tablet/remote device at the Australian Broadcast Exhibition that controls the 'three-screens' in your life: TV, computer, phone.

Ericsson expects that this will be sold through your cable operator as an add-on device.  It is basically a 25 cm (9.8 inch) tablet that will control internet video, TV programming (live and on-demand), cell phone, and home computer.

There is a second screen for viewing TV guides or loading your Twitter feed (I don't see it from the picture…), such that they don't interrupt your viewing experience.

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Ericsson claims that they have rolled this out to over 7000 households in 7 countries for testing.  They say that it looks promising, that 30% of consumers plug their computer into their TV for bigger picture and the lean-back experience, therefore everyone wants to use one screen to facilitate a multi-screen experience.  I frankly don't get it.

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