High-Tech Toys For Your Tv

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Overview

Like the plot from a circa 1950's sci-fi film, computerized look-alikes have surreptitiously replaced VCRs, video game consoles, even televisions and stereos. While the advantages that these digital entertainment devices (DEDs) offer over their analog predecessors are immense, so is the potential for sensory and information overload. Unlike the benign appliances we grew up with, these new digital wonders demand much more from us than the simple ability to turn them on and off. ...
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Overview

Like the plot from a circa 1950's sci-fi film, computerized look-alikes have surreptitiously replaced VCRs, video game consoles, even televisions and stereos. While the advantages that these digital entertainment devices (DEDs) offer over their analog predecessors are immense, so is the potential for sensory and information overload. Unlike the benign appliances we grew up with, these new digital wonders demand much more from us than the simple ability to turn them on and off.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726681
  • Publisher: Pearson Technology Group 2
  • Publication date: 3/15/2002
  • Series: Que-Consumer-Other Series
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Kovsky is executive editor for CNET Radio (AM910 KNEW in San Francisco, AM890 WBPS in Boston, XM Satellite Channel 130, (www.CNETRadio.com) and the daily tech commentator for CBS Radio's KFWB/LA Times Noon Business Hour with Ron Kilgore and Cindy Dole (AM980 KFWB in Los Angeles).

In his 16 years as a professional journalist, he has covered every aspect of high technology for television, radio, magazines, newspapers, and the World Wide Web. His credits and bylines have appeared in a wide variety of media, including CNET News.com, ZDNet, Tom's Hardware Guide, ZDTV (now TechTV) and ZDTV Radio, PC Week and PCWeek Radio, Computer Sources, Electronic Components, Digital Review, Computer Systems News, and the San Jose Business Journal.

Kovsky lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

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Table of Contents



Introduction.


1. The Revolution in Your Living Room.

Why Buy an Interactive Entertainment Device (IED)? Video IEDs: A Better Mousetrap. Gaming IEDs Get Real. Audio IEDs: Finding a Home. The Living Room of Tomorrow.


2. Intelligent Television-The Boob Tube Wises Up.

Overview of Video IEDs. Getting Hooked (Up) with Intelligent Television. Video IED Recording Options. Flies in the Soup: Known Bugs and Glitches.


3. Video IEDs: More Than Just Appliances.

Choosing the Right Video IED for You. ReplayTV. TiVo. UltimateTV.


4. Playing the Field: Other Video IED Convergence Devices.

Can My PC Be My IED? Thinking Inside the Box: PC Hardware Requirements. Video IED Software for Your PC. Buying Off the Rack: The Sony Digital Studio PC. What's Coming Next?


5. Intelligent Game Consoles-Gaming Goes Global.

Overview of Gaming IEDs. The Winds of War: Console Versus Console. What's in a Game? What's Still Missing.


6. Choosing the Right Gaming IED for You.

Overview. Nintendo GameCube. Microsoft Xbox. Sony PlayStation2. What's Coming Next.


7. Intelligent Audio-Teaching Your Stereo New Tricks.

Overview of Audio IEDs. Bring On the IEDs. What's Coming Next.


8. Choosing the Right Audio IED for You.

Overview. SonicBlue Rio Digital Audio Receiver. Turtle Beach AudioTron. iPaq Music Center. AudioReQuest Pro Digital Music System. Additional Audio IEDs and Related Components. Coming Attractions.


9. Other “Convergence” Devices.

What Else Is There? ZapStation. Internet-Enabled Set-Top Boxes. Conclusions on Convergence.


10. Customizing Your Digital Entertainment Experience.

Understanding the Pieces of the Puzzle. How Does It All Fit Together? Making Web Connections. Future Trends.


11. Hacking Your IED.

Are You a “Tweaker?” Tweaking Your Video IED. Game IEDs. Final Options.


12. How Did You Ever Live Without It?

Overview. Video IEDs. Gaming IEDs. Audio IEDs. And The Hits Keep Coming. A Final Rant.


Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Tech TV Wizardry

    High Tech Toys for your TV has everything you need to know about what's new and how you can enhance your viewing experience. The book is very readable even for a technophobe like myself. Written is a concise, understandable way so often lacking in so called 'high tech' books. I would highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in TV technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    A Great Book

    This book was a gift that I truly appreciate. There was a time when I could keep up to date on the latest and greatest in personal electronics, but that no longer being the case, I needed this book to help me to understand what was out there for my living room. This well written book is very informative and entertaining.

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