Marclay Displays Landscape Videos Behind Your Notifications on Android TV

Marclay Displays Landscape Videos Behind Your Notifications on Android TV

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Android Experiments is Google’s way of highlighting applications that have interesting and unique features. We’ve seen projects like a VR-style camera using just the hardware in your smartphone, a project to lock people out of their phones so you can enjoy a family meal in peace, and even a tic-tac-toe game that used a 3x3x3 cube as the grid. The best part about these projects is that they’re all open source and generally have a link directly to the developer’s GitHub page so anyone can replicate them.

Today we wanted to talk about a new experiment that was published just a few days ago called Marclay. It’s an Android TV application that connects to your smartphone so it can synchronize your notifications directly to the TV set. To prevent the image from just displaying a bland list of notifications, the application also casts a landscape video behind the content. Thus while you’re looking at an image of space, a lake, or an ocean, you’ll be able to glance at your notifications, check the time, and see what the current outside temperature is all right on the TV.

The landscape videos in the background will even adapt to the time of the day. For instance, if you’re watching the waves of an ocean in the background, then you’ll notice the video transition to night time as it gets later in the day. You can even choose to not synchronize your phone to the application so you don’t have to be bothered with the notifications on the screen. This setup is ideal for those who just want to have the scenic landscape videos displayed on their TV.

Marclay is certainly an innovative application that combines the power of Android TV software to display beautiful and useful content on a television set. It was developed by Eric Gonzalez of Mountain View, California and you can find the GitHub page for this project right here.

Source: Android Experiments