Sony might be on to something here, having “reinvented” the Christmas tree for it to be more useful in the living room other than being a canopy for carefully wrapped presents each year. Of course, it would be a whole lot better to reinvent the Christmas tree rather than the wheel, don’t you think so? We aren’t even talking about a virtual tree, but an actual live one that has been outfitted with a smart tag. With the inclusion of a smart tag, one will be able to use the wonders of NFC technology in order to alter the color of the light on the Christmas tree via an app that has been installed on your (preferably) Sony smartphone. Apart from that, cleverly hidden speakers within the tree will be able to play back your favorite Yuletide tunes to get into the mood of the holiday season.
Unfortunately, this special NFC tree, so to speak, cannot be purchased anywhere, but if you happen to reside in the UK, you will be able to pick it up as part of the Japanese OEM’s Facebook contest, #UpgradeMyTree. Other than the tree itself, you would also be in the running for a Sony Xperia Z and a bunch of Bluetooth connected accessories.
The CyanogenMod team recently released a new app called Screencast that lets Android users record the display of the device with audio. You can then retrieve the saved video from your device and play it on anything you want. Though wouldn’t it be nice to be able to mirror your Android device’s display in real time to an Apple TV? That’s where the new Mirror app comes in, it has been released today in beta version and CyanogenMod’s well known developer Koushik Dutta invites people to give the app a shot and report if they find any bugs.
The Mirror app actually offers the best of both worlds, not only does it let users mirror the screen to an Apple TV, but it also lets them create a video recording of their device. Those of you who are willing to try out the app need to keep in mind that your device must be rooted on Android 4.4.2, there’s no need to install a custom ROM though. Then, you must join the ClockworkMod community as well as the beta program prior to downloading the app from the Google Play Store. As always, these apps and communities are absolutely free, you won’t have to pay anything to gain access. You’ll obviously need to have an Apple TV, if you don’t have Cupertino’s set-top box, you might as well wait for Chromecast to receive Android mirroring support.