The Bill Gates Factor
"I'm really hoping to see CE companies target more of their display products to work better with the PC. We've seen an explosion in digital display products based on LCD, DLP, and plasma technologies, but the CE and IT folks have not yet been on the same page when designing their products for their respective markets," he says. "At first glance, you see digital TVs and computer monitors being made with the same manufacturing process and using the same electrical interfaces, but for some reason not all of them work as convergence devices. You still can't hook a DVD player up to your computer monitor and it's not terribly easy to get your PC to display a good image on your TV screen, even though both are probably capable of doing so."
Kapur hopes convergence becomes more succinct in the PC market. "I'm really hoping we can get CE and IT together to design great digital displays so that consumers can use them throughout their homes," he adds. -Natalie Hope McDonald