Does Convergence Matter?
CE and IT wrestle for common ground
Earlier this year, the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ushered in what would be the first real evidence of convergence in the mainstream electronics market, a hot topic that was, up until then, getting more play in theory than action. But with the widespread introduction of CE products from typically IT or PC vendors, a new wave of products fulfilled consumer demand, even if the consumers themselves would never actually use the word "convergence" to describe it.
Exactly nine months later, the gestation of this tech baby has revealed not only how big it's grown, but where it's headed. On one hand, PCs have become the backbone of wireless entertainment networking while gadgets, like music players and digital cameras, have relied on PCs to shine. As the line blurs between how a PC product is defined compared to traditional CE fare, the issue of convergence may become less of an issue and more of a way of life, asking how much it matters to consumers.