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Data, Music, Video:
Raising a Curtain on Future Gadgetry
January 2, 2006
The New York Times
By DAMON DARLIN
The flat-panel televisions will be getting bigger,
the MP3 players and cellphones will be getting smaller.
And almost everything will be getting cheaper.
But the biggest trend expected at the International Consumer
Electronics Show, which begins this week in Las Vegas,
is that these machines will be communicating with one another.
The theme of this year's show might best be described
as Convergence: This Time We Mean It.
For more than a decade,
manufacturers of consumer electronics
like televisions and audio gear have talked
about blending their products with personal computers,
so that consumers can enjoy a seamless stream of data,
video and music anywhere.
It has not happened, because the two industries do not have
compatible technology standards and the requisite high-speed
Internet connections have not been widespread enough.
This year all that changes,
say executives who will be introducing new products at the show.
They say that consumers will finally be able to sling images and
sound wirelessly around a room or an entire house. The major
electronics makers will be showing TV's with computer capabilities
and phones that will play video and music, as well as the next
generation of digital recording and storage devices.
While technological convergence may now be possible,
some fear the industries have not yet made
connecting all those devices simple enough for the average user.
"There is still a lot of confusion around the connected home,"
said Van L. Baker, a market analyst with Gartner, a technology
research and consulting firm.
"Reducing it will be the challenge to keeping the momentum going."
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a TV will be the next big hurdle.
Plasma and liquid-crystal display televisions, MP3 players and
digital cameras with five or more megapixels of resolution have
been big sellers.
Video: Raising a Curtain on Future Gadgetry,
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