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    Kylo Browser- TV Friendly Browser by Hillcrest Labs

    Kylo Browser- TV Friendly Browser by Hillcrest Labs

    Are we becoming a lazy world, or is “couch browsing” furthering our lives by offering efficient way to access web information?  Of course I’m speaking of the many new ways you’re able to access the internet, including new devices on the market aiming to bring web to the television set while you lounge in the recliner.

    Kylo Browser- TV Friendly Browser by Hillcrest Labs

    Last year Hillcrest Labs released its Loop pointer, an in-air motion-sensing mouse pointer aimed at those of us who’ve embraced the benefits of connecting a computer to a TV, and navigating online media sites and home media collections.

    Hillcrest Labs has now unveiled the Kylo web browser. Unlike other widgets or applications for TV internet content, Kylo is billing this as a true TV web browser that is specifically designed to allow users to go where they want on the Internet.

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    To facilitate more comfortable viewing from a distance on a TV, the browser bumps up font, cursor and onscreen target sizes and maximizes viewing space by eliminating unnecessary toolbars, tabs, buttons and indicators.

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    “No matter how hard they try, no single set-top-box manufacturer, specialized TV widget developer, or content aggregator can match the volume of online viewing choices available on a computer,” said Dan Simpkins, founder and CEO of Hillcrest Labs. “For this reason, many consumers are simply using their new HDTVs as an alternative display for their PCs or Macs. So, we’ve developed Kylo as a free and simple TV browser that enables them to visit any site on the Web, and makes the entire experience more enjoyable.”

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    Key features of the Kylo Web Browser for TV include:

    • the ability to visit any site on the Web;
    • an onscreen keyboard that appears when there is a need to enter text, eliminating the need for a physical keyboard; compatibility with any physical keyboard for users who prefer to use one;
    • Fonts, cursor, and onscreen targets are larger than those in traditional browsers;
    • easy zooming and panning;
    • the maximization of useful viewing space by hiding or removing toolbars, tabs, buttons and indicators;
    • works with any mouse, but ideal for use with an in-air mouse such as the Loop pointer;
    • easy bookmarking;
    • a directory of links to dozens of popular Web sites;
    • a Mozilla-based design, and
    • free, easy download and setup

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    Unfortunately, like Boxee before it, Hulu has managed to block the Kylo browser, despite Kylo’s standards compliancy.  In fact, Kylo was working with Hulu up to the launch of the browser. Hillcrest Labs is currently working on a solution. The Kylo browser is available as a free download for both Mac and Windows PCs. (

    Published on March 25, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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