Inside the D & H Convergence Show
Schwab noted that the usefulness of a show that's small, yet well-rounded, is for retailers to be able to get up close to big names without having to negotiate a major trade show. This show, in a sense, seeks out an entirely different goal. The hands-on nature of Microsoft's display summed that up well (even though some game-obsessed trade show goers may have had more fun playing).
Other products that topped the attendees interest included CCTV systems, DVD recorders, TV monitor adapters and complete home theatre systems. There was a connected living room set up toward the rear of the floor that showed how a large-screen television could be networked with a computer system that controls audio and video. For the installers milling around, the
demonstration was all too familiar. But for the retailers, who ranged from large-scale stores to small independents, the set up provided a new means of showcasing product potential. One attendee was learning more about how to operate remote control touch screens to adjust the settings on a plasma TV, while others found seats on sofas that were set up to mimic the look of a living room. There, they watched Apollo 16 in surround sound.