TechWatch 2006

2006 - New Versions of Kong's Script: * He's always been king of his world, but we'll teach him fear. * Don't be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen. Those chains are made of chrome steel. * Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty that killed the beast. In the 2006 remake of King Kong there are a number of different endings. Some of the people at the foot of the Empire State Building will be rooting for Kong…some for the toy airplanes…some for Fay. But most folks? They'll go home saying, "yeah it was a pretty good movie…and it was cheap! Heck in New York we've got lots of big gorillas."

What Isn't Going To Happen In 2006

Well, we certainly will not see an amicable solution between HD DVD and Blu-ray DVD formats. Set top boxes will not be replaced by media center PCs and other emerging devices in 2006. Another hot button topic is rights management and consumer fair use. The industry will not see unanimous solutions or resolutions in this regard either.

A Look at the Digital Home Market

Most consumers don't consider watching TV from their PC to be an essential part of the digital home yet. It is the ability to move photos and music from PC to TV and to stereo and vice versa that is driving sales of Media Center products.

DVD Insider 45 and 46

DVD Insider #45 - HD is Everywhere - Screen Options Becoming Aggressive - Delivery Battle Could Be Brutal DVD Insider #46 - Phones, Snapshots, Music - Mobile Video - A Little Bit of Storage

DVD Insider 47 and 48

DVD Insider #47 - IPTV - The New Content Opportunity - Citizen Videographers - Home-Wide Entertainment - Getting Closer Personalizing Entertainment DVD Insider #48 - The War of the Worlds - Declining View of High Def - Remember the Alamo - The Book of Five Rings, The Art of War

Single Scan Cost Savings Should Boost PDP Profits

To support the coming price war, PDP makers have been investing in technology improvements that directly reduce cost to manufacture, and leading the way is the move to single scan PDP technology.

High Definition Music Downloads

If you agree that a Ferrari requires high-octane fuel and that your home system needs high definition music, then you may also agree that your toys too have evolved again. You may also find your children listening to your music.

Look Ma! My Phone Kills Mosquitoes

Cell phones are no longer just tools for making phone calls. Phone makers have been busy developing new models that include advanced entertainment and information features.

WiFi Will Power Digital Lifestyle

Adoption of broadband, driven by the value-add services, such as Video on Demand, Voice over IP, Interactive TV, PVR and network gaming - will create the scenario where multiple devices need to be easily connected within a home network.

Putting the Home Network to Work

This white paper examines the challenges that face home users of computers, the Internet, and home networks and provides insight into how the industry is addressing the need for improved management, monitoring, and maintenance services and solutions to home users.

PlaceLab: A Living Laboratory

A major focus of PlaceLab research is preventative health care: technologies and services to help people remain healthy, autonomous, and comfortable in their homes as they age.

TEAHA Market Background Document

The second version of the TEAHA (The European Application Home Alliance) Market Background Document has been released on January 7, 2005.

The Asian Connected Home Markets

Homega Research has officially released its awaited multiclient study aimed at providing reliable, detailed and up-to-date information on the current state and development prospects of the Connected Home markets in the main countries of Asia.

New era of building management

The foundation of the concept is the building operating system, named as COBA (Connected Open Building Automation). COBA definitions were created in a standardization project of companies representing various industries, from telecommunications to construction and services.

Six Elements of Future Home

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs provides us a framework to identify key elements of our future home. By fulfilling these key elements, we know that we are better satisfied with these needs.

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