Gesture Control: Coming To A TV Set Near You!

I just got back from Hollywood this evening but prior to leaving I caught Steve Balmer on CBC’s “The Hour”. One of the items that surfaced in the discussion was the future of TV and during the discussion Steve Balmer talked about gesture control for TV being just around the corner. Tonight as I surfed the net while watching the World Series game I came across a couple of videos and an article that I thought I’d post to the blog. The first two video’s show a Hitachi TV working using gestures while the third video is the Balmer interview on “The Hour”.
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More On Blu-Ray, HD-DVD and Solid State Drives

Why Blu-Ray May Not Be All That Great

In Larry Jordan’s latest Final Cut Pro Newsletter he notes the sudden shift toward Blu-Ray DVDs. He notes that “while Blu-Ray may be good for Hollywood, it won’t be good for small independent producers“. He notes that this is due to the hidden fees tacked on to replicating a Blu-Ray DVD. It appears his comments originate from a discussion on the Digital Buzz podcast of January 31, 2008.

Blu-Ray Prices And Specifications…. Watch Out!

With the demise of HD-DVD both Gizmodo and Engadget are reporting higher Bul-Ray prices. In their post “Blu-ray Prices Higher Than Ever” they note that “data collected by Pricegrabber.com, Blu-ray players have hit a high average of $400 per unit for the year—about the same price they were at this time last year”. They have since updated their posting noting that it’s the “off season” which normally lacks selling incentives that could account for the prices. Engadget is a little less forgiving in their post “Lack of competition sends Blu-ray player prices upward“.

Blu-Ray Profiles

Consumers need to be aware of the differing Blu-Ray Player profile. Given that SONY has already announced the BDP-S350 and S550 (SONY’s First Full 2.0 Spec Blu-ray Players), it’s important to know the differences if your planning to purchase a unit, information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray#Player_profiles.

Microsoft Admits Planning Blu-Ray Support

While Microsoft had always been thought to be in the HD-DVD camp, the company has moved quickly to adopt Blu-Ray At MIX08 Steve Balmer was quoted to say, “We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on… Toshiba has moved on. We’ve moved on, and we’ll support Blu-ray in ways that make sense.” more here…

Toshiba’s Plan for Life After HD-DVD

In a interview for the Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Atsutoshi Nishida of Toshiba announced that his firm will target consumers with TVs, PCs and Standard Disc Players following the collapse of HD DVD. The demise of HD DVD is a huge blow to Toshiba, which is a huge company that makes semiconductors, appliances and nuclear reactors.

Solid State Drives

As posted on an earlier date Solid State Drives are an alternative to Blu-Ray for those who want a non DRM medium. A great place to learn about this space is by looking at the tagged posts on Cnet tech news blog. In addition I found this post about Imation geting into the solid state drive game.