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2013 digital trends – from the PC to the family room

This year was the year of the Smart TV
Smart TV ( Smart TV image via Shutterstock)
Smart TV ( Smart TV image via Shutterstock)

As 2013 comes to a close, what is the biggest digital or mobile trend that has impacted your life? “I use my smartphone and tablet more often” is the obvious answer. But something bigger happened in 2013.

2013 was the year that my digital devices were finally good enough to start using in the family room.

For over a decade, my PC was a major source of entertainment. I played video games, watched YouTube clips, downloaded torrents and listened to music on my PC. It bothered me less when I worked at home; but even then, I dreamed of mixing the comforts of my family room with the incredible multimedia content from my PC.

This year, I opened the “doors of perception” and won’t look back.

Instead of watching TV shows on my PC, I copy them to a USB disk on key and watch them on my LG Smart TV. Yes, I can stream video, but I want 100% quality. The sound on my home theater adds unimaginable life to the experience. I hear footsteps and whispers coming from the speaker to my left. No PC stereo can match the sound and no desk can beat reclining on a sofa with my feet on a pillow.

When the CSI lab technicians are working away to the sound of some 90s electronica, I get a few minutes of quality time on my tablet – to read about Paul McCartney’s new album or slay dragons on a tablet game. One thing is for sure – my days of walking the streets of Stormwind and Ironforge in Warcraft are over.

When tablet games get dull, I have a Playstation 3 on a screen bigger than my PC monitor will ever be. It plays music and movies – perfect for the months when I’m not gaming. My Smart TV’s wifi lets me download content to my gaming console. But I’m a collector, I want the original packaging. Some things will never change!

I’m considering replacing my PC with a 17 inch laptop that will stay at home. The PC makes noise, collects more dust than old luggage and worst of all – I can’t use it from the comfort of my couch. Why should Kenny go to the mountain, when the mountain can come to Kenny?!

I wish you all a Happy New Year and many 9 digit exits for Israeli startups!

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About the Author
Kenny Sahr is a startup marketing executive. His first startup, founded in 1996, was featured in Time Magazine and on 60 Minutes. Kenny moved to Israel from Miami, Florida. In his spare time, he is an avid music collector and traveler.
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