HDTV stories

 
HDTV-based video telephony has always been a holy grail of sorts. It's such a natural milieu for video chatting — big screen to get a broad view of the whole fam damily and all that. But no TV-based video telephony system has been taken off, for one reason: You always had to buy two gadgets to attach to your HDTV to video telephonate, one for you and one for whomever you wanted to video telephonate with. What we want is to video telephonate as we do on our laptops and desktop PCs, with anyone anytime, regardless of the HDTV we own and regardless of the video telephony gadget we have connected to it (if any). Several recent developments — and a future trend too long in the unveiling — may expand this limited HDTV video telephony landscape and jump-start our (I believe) latent desire to WANT to video telephonate via our HDTVs.
 
A few rumors have gone around suggesting Apple's going to revolutionize the TV with Siri and Sony's already quaking in its boots. Sony CEO Howard Stringer says it's already building a "different kind of TV set" to "compete with Steve Jobs." Does that mean Sony's "cracked the TV" too as the late Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson in his biography?
 
Look, I'm just going to come out and say it: 3D TV is awful. And I'll tell you why it's awful: that "third dimension" that is supposed to justify everyone running out and buying expensive new 3D TVs is just not good enough. I want to be able to actually look around corners, and this massive new projector system makes that possible, glasses-free.

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