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Look Ma! No Wires! (again)

January 4, 2008 | Author: Ibex Marketing

You get your new flat panel HDTV home, and you hang it on the wall. Now what? You have to snake all those cables around to the different components so that you can watch cable, DVD, PVR, and whatever else you want on your new screen. And your living room suddenly turns into a mockup of NASA Mission Control. There’s got to be a better way.

Westinghouse Digital is going to show a wireless HDTV at CES next week. It uses Wirelesss HDMI technology to deliver video and sound to the set from your other devices, so all you need is an AC power outlet for your set. (And if you get the outlet installed behind the panel, you won’t even see that wire!)

I’m looking forward to checking out the new Westinghouse display and its wireless feature (not to mention its pricing) at CES next week. Whether or not Westinghouse has the answer, this is definitely the direction that manufacturers need to take in order to improve the end user experience. If you can eliminate the hassles and restrictions of cables at a reasonable cost, consumers are sure to choose the simpler solution. Everyone will be happy, except the commission-compensated sales staff at the electronics stores who want to sell you those expensive cables made with unobtanium.