|The Seventh Annual Interactive
PROJECT BAR-B-Q 2002
Group Report: The Future of Hardware for Home Entertainment and Computer Systems
|Participants: A.K.A. "The Mysterious Cloud of Resonance"||Glenn Arentzoff; DTS Interactive|
|Kurt Heiden; SRS Labs||David Konetski; Dell Computer|
|Kristoffer Larson; Dolby Laboratories||Len Layton; Dolby Laboratories|
|Phil Lehwalder; Intel||Charles McCallum; Texas Instruments|
|Danny Mulligan; SigmaTel||David Roach; SigmaTel|
|Bob Starr; QSound||Mark Tuffy; THX|
|Jack Unverferth; Microsoft||Facilitator: Spencer Critchley; Palo Alto Media|
Situation - The Problem
The complexity problem can be summarized in terms of:
The seriousness of the problem is made clear simply by imagining a expert user unpacking a new DVD player, A/V receiver and surround speaker system. On simply looking at the number of connectors on the back of the receiver, this user is likely to quit. Successfully placing and setting up the speakers looks very unlikely, and there are lots of other opportunities for error, as in connecting composite/S/component/digital video.
This would presumably involve the following:
The AV Receiver of the future will be a key part of the transition to the ultimate solution.
The fully wireless networked home will take some time to roll out. Legacy equipment will also be around for a long time and needs to be supported.
EZAV - promising consumers ease-of-use
EZAV is a rating system for equipment that requires manufacturers to adhere to some standardized operating and set up procedures, provide simple and clear instructions and to minimize the complexity of their interconnections wherever possible.
Example : Speaker Connectivity
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