Anyware... And Make It Easy
Although many vendors in the hall might have recommended a choice—or tried to sell him their products—Powell's rhetorical question underscored the dilemma of many sophisticated shoppers. The quality is great, the price may become right—but will the products actually perform as promised, especially in the broadly interconnected world that CES exhibitors envisioned?
In fact, "seamless" was another oft-used term during CES—by Microsoft's Bill Gates, Panasonic's Ohtsubo and countless other speakers and vendors. It's another over-used concept, which is great if it can deliver.
Among the newest groups at CES vowing to deliver seamless connections was a consortium of strange bedfellows called the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA). It promised to "certify interoperable products that enable distribution of entertainment within the home." MoCA's membership includes cable TV, satellite, and hardware companies seeking to exploit the existing in-home coaxial wiring; RadioShack, Best Buy, Motorola and Panasonic are among the founding members.