Id lay bets that the next phase of iiView products will involve incorporating a telephone device (it can already accommodate a Web camera) to further expand its communication functionality.
A multi-function fun machine
The multi-function screen, which, like the very clever Apple format, has the computer incorporated into the video monitor. The device, really a multi-fun machine in TV clothing, lets people use the TV and PC simultaneously, comes with a Bluray RW player, the ability to record live TV, to store and transfer recorded movies, music and videos, the ability to surf the Web, run programs etc, plus many other bells and whistles to make an LCD TV obsessive, like me, dizzy with desire.
You can sit on your couch and operate it using a specialised hand-held keyboard, which reminded me of an elongated XBOX controller. Ill be keeping a close eye on iiView products because I believe they represent the start of a new entertainment era.
Cyril told me there are 42 inch and 47 inch models already commercially available, and iiView is soon to release even bigger sets.
And, as if I wasnt impressed enough by this amazing new hybrid media centre, he showed me how he could bring up CCTV video monitors of every part of his Shenzhen factory, remotely, to keep an eye on production.
Events such as this are just part of the reason I love my job so much. I get to see the future as it happens and meet some very entrepreneurial business people along the way.
Ross O. Storey, currently the Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media Asia, is responsible for the editorial content and production of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines.
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