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Digital devices touch new frontiers

india Updated: Apr 25, 2011 15:46 IST
N Madhavan

Just after the World Cup cricket tournament, I wrote of how “Social TV” — in which people watch TV while simultaneously share comments on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook was an emerging phenomenon. Barely a month later, I find both LG and Samsung have launched “Smart TVs” that enable viewers to connect to the Net and watch TV on the same device.

Digital convergence has reached a point where text, audios, videos are riding on high bandwidth, even as cameras, projectors, printers and mobile handsets are getting smarter and smarter with microchips and connectivity built into them.

While everyone may be raving much about tablet computers like the iPad or snazzier smartphones, I would urge you to look out for just the right digital device that might make more sense to you.

There are now mobile phone projectors (which I have mentioned in the past) : you point your mobile to your wall or a screen and you have a movie hall at home. The latest ones don’t have high strength, but they could soon be here.

And there are high megapixel cameras that enable you to immediately post the pics clicked on to a Facebook or Twitter. The smartphone with camera is passé, the camera with connectivity is in.

Last week, Logitech unveiled a wireless mouse that enables easy navigation from soft surfaces like your sofa or even a pillow. Now, imagine the possibilities in the new world.

Some of the devices are – in my humble opinion – not good enough when they are launched because the combination is not right. It makes sense to check the requirements properly before you buy. Also, in the early stages, the new products are often priced high.

But what I am pointing out really is the trend where utility will matter a lot. “Flexi-devices” as I call these new digital gizmos, enable you to get exactly the experience you want. In planning your digital budgets, it is best to keep your own requirements in mind. Just as a designer dress is useless if it does not match your measurements, it makes sense to buy digital stuff that fits your needs — and your budget!