November 23, 2005
@ 05:44 PM

I recently got a demo of from Mike Torres and I was quite impressed. Mike talks about the capabilities of the service in his post & "placeshifting" where he wrote

I now have unlimited storage for videos, television, music, and photos in my pocket for $399 less than an iPod video.

How is that possible?

A free service designed for cell phones, PCs, Macs, and PDAs that gives me access to my computer at home to get at all of my digital media.  All of it.  I don’t have to worry about cradling or synchronizing anything every day... and I don’t have to carry a 250GB hard drive in my coat pocket either.  Beautiful.
From my phone or from my laptop at work (or anywhere else with a net connection):

I can listen to all of my WMA Lossless music on my PC at home; over 700 albums collected over the last 15 years.  I can play by genre, playlist, album, artist, or even do a search across all my music.  Of course, it doesn’t stream at lossless quality, but for walking around downtown Seattle, the quality is fine (128kbps – same as iTunes actually).

I can watch LIVE television – including cable – from wherever I am.  I can change the channel remotely – if I’m watching MSNBC and want to switch over to MTV, it takes about 5-7 seconds to do so.  If I like what I’m watching, I can click the record button and catch up with the program when I get home.  This blows people away when they see it ;)

I can view (and even download) my digital photos.  Whenever someone asks about some random event we attended together, I can pull up photos from that event within a few seconds.  With over 10,000 of my digital photos available to me from anywhere, I’ll never again say “Argh.  I have that on my computer at home.”

I can watch recorded television.  Meaning I can setup my Media Center PC to record shows to my hard drive and can click Play from anywhere to catch up with the show.  Before now, I didn’t have any time to watch Sportscenter... now I can listen to it on the way to work.

I can turn on my webcam and watch my cats.  Remember, I’m doing this from my freakin' PHONE.

I am so amazed by this service that I considered not even blogging about it.  I didn’t think I could do it justice.  I still don’t.
Overall this is the perfect example of combining software with online services to enable great scenarios for everyday people. It just works for me.

These guys have built a killer service. I'm quite surprised that they haven't been snapped up by one of the big web companies already.


Categories: Mindless Link Propagation
Tracked by:
"Pic_6" (Pic_6) [Trackback]
"4839_architectonic -" (4839_architectonic - Departurebanish... [Trackback]
"Najdena jama" (Najdena jama) [Trackback]
"Caving map of Laze" (Caving map of Laze) [Trackback]
"backsoon" (backsoon) [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Galaxy Portfolio Services" (Galaxy Portfolio Services) [Trackback]
"Socialist Appeal" (Socialist Appeal) [Trackback]
"Vranja jama" (Vranja jama) [Trackback]
"New Page 9" (New Page 9) [Trackback]
"" ( [Trackback]
"Running The Guard... NYHC" (Running The Guard... NYHC) [Trackback]
"halifest" (halifest) [Trackback]
"Baylor -" (Baylor - [Trackback] [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback] [Trackback]
"Over N Out. :: Index" (Over N Out. :: Index) [Trackback]
"AlloyMail" (AlloyMail) [Trackback]
"fuck that, fuck them, fuck everyone else." (fuck that, fuck them, fuck everyone... [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Camera Whores!!!" (Camera Whores!!!) [Trackback]
"8533 -" (8533 - [Trackback]
"She Kills dot com bitches." (She Kills dot com bitches.) [Trackback]
"2029_guiftes -" (2029_guiftes - [Trackback]
"Erica Funghi Snc" (Erica Funghi Snc) [Trackback]
"CHARA. reppin' pei" (CHARA. reppin' pei) [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Circumstances_8558 -" (Circumstances_8558 - Departurebanish... [Trackback]
"Bus Pass" (Bus Pass) [Trackback]
"Deutsche Lebens Rettungs Gesellschaft eV (DLRG)" (Deutsche Lebens Rettungs Gese... [Trackback]
"Untitled Document" (Untitled Document) [Trackback]
"Suggestion_2469 -" (Suggestion_2469 - [Trackback]
"Planinska jama" (Planinska jama) [Trackback]
"4 < 9" (4 < 9) [Trackback] [Trackback]
"Law-unto-itself -" (Law-unto-itself - [Trackback]
"Athenian_622 -" (Athenian_622 - [Trackback]
"Non-party -" (Non-party - [Trackback]
"1471 -" (1471 - [Trackback]
"Visual Elements: The Alkaline Earth Metals" (Visual Elements: The Alkaline Eart... [Trackback]

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 6:30:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I read Torres' post and was thrilled until I found out that Orb doesn't work with the PSP. From what I've read, the PSP doesn't have a player capable of handling streaming content. With the storage issues of the PSP, I'm hoping it will eventually support streaming content.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 7:57:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
No Mac support. Oh well.
Monday, November 28, 2005 8:45:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Been using this on my pda phone w/sprint vision network for a few weeks. Sprint offers a 128kbp pipe and can stream watchable (but choppy video) and perfect audio. Its cool that broadband on these devices begins to eliminate the need for storage. But really, isn't orb a short-term value? Broadband enables this scenario, but it also enables direct streaming of content from content providers. Why would I want to maintain terrabytes of media on my home pc(s)? That is quickly what we will all have with 8-megapixel cameras, digital video cameras, media centers and massive music collections. Moving forward I'm thinking that orb is a bump in the right direction and just the first great use case for broadband on handheld devices. In another year or so it will be irrelevant (along with the terrabytes of music and video stored in the home rather than provided on the fly by music and video services.) Frankly I don't want to mess with RAID and backups of that much junk (that I can't live without.)
Monday, December 5, 2005 4:04:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Orb is indeed neat, but it's a bummer that it doesn't work with DRM'd content, such as Yahoo Music Unlimited or Napster. And I completely agree with Roger... I know hard drives are getting bigger and cheaper, but I still HATE having to either backup my bazillions of megs (gigs!) of multimedia or risk losing it all. That's also why I like the streaming music services like the above-mentioned ones nowadays; they maintain my playlists, they let me download (admittedly annoyingly DRM'd) music, and if my hard drive crashes and I hadn't backed up recently... no sweat; just a few keypresses, and voila -- I can download my entire Rhapsody or Virgin Digital or whatever library fast and free.
Comments are closed.