TV 2.0 – The Future of Television and the Genesis of a New Entertainment Form – Part 1 – Technology Entertainment

Entertainment is undergoing a paradigm shift. How, where and when we watch movies or television programs is changing. In the next decade the integration of traditional entertainment platforms with the web will transform our lives just as TV itself did more than a half century ago. For the television industry, especially, panic and worry have already set in despite the fact that they currently hold the same monopoly on our entertainment choices that they’ve enjoyed for decades. Perhaps they suspect the coming transformation in entertainment won’t be of their own making?Because of this, some people fear the television networks are facing extinction, or at the very least are facing a challenge from the web much like TV posed the motion picture industry in the 1950s. However, any eulogies over the death of TV are most likely premature. What’s happening to television, and to a lesser extent to motion pictures, is similar to what happened to the music industry several years ago.Viewing habits are changing, made possible by rapid advances in digital technology, and an increasing degree of interaction with the internet. Predictably, some of the power and control that the networks have traditionally had is shifting away from them and to the consumer, just as it has with music. How the networks confront this shift will determine the shape of entertainment in the coming years. They can embrace and nurture these changes, transforming themselves and securing their place in the entertainment markets of the future, or they can resist them as the record labels did, and reap equally disastrous consequences.For the music industry, the future is already here, and its arrival several years ago was swift and chaotic. The ease with which consumers are able to digitize music, put it online, and share files – bypassing both the record labels and the record stores – literally changed the industry overnight. The labels and retail chains reacted poorly to the challenge of a digital world and to a new consumer they failed to understand. At first in denial of what was happening, the record labels became aggressively resistant, suing consumers for file sharing, and then reaping the consequences – a great deal of animosity from the public. Most of the retail chains failed to develop their on-line businesses quickly enough, and suffered ever-declining CD sales. Some venerable institutions, like Tower Records, have simply ceased to exist.Apple, once strictly a computer company, was largely responsible for pulling the rug out from under them. As of July, 2007, Apple claims it’s iTunes store has sold over three billion songs – that’s billion – making it the third-largest music retailer in the U.S. in just over six and a half years. Music downloads overall were up eighty-five percent in 2006 compared to 2005, comprising eleven percent of worldwide sales. Meanwhile, CD sales for the same period dropped another five percent, the seventh straight year for decline. Warner Music Group, one of the world’s largest recording companies, posted a seventeen million dollar loss for the third quarter of 2007. Letting go of old business models, especially for companies as entrenched as the entertainment giants, has proven a challenge.In hindsight, though, how difficult could it have been to foresee where the music business was heading? Sure, details are always elusive when predicting the future, but the explosion of P2P file sharing, the ease of burning your own CDs, and the introduction of the massively popular iPod in 2001 had to have given them a clue. The trouble wasn’t that the record labels couldn’t see the future coming, it was that they were determined not to give into it. Today’s consumer, however, will not be dictated to. Digital technology and the web have given them an unprecedented degree of control and it will be difficult to wrest this away. The consumer wants choice and flexibility – “my music when I want it, where I want it, and how I want it” – and in today’s marketplace, they can have it.So how can NBC, CBS, Sony Pictures and their brethren avoid making the same costly mistakes the music industry did just a few years ago?Video on the internet has been slow to take hold. In 1998 when I started working for the motion picture division of Getty Images, a supplier of stock photography and video, quality moving imagery on the web was considered a pipe dream by many. Computers didn’t have very large hard drives back then, RAM was limited, and distribution wasn’t easy since most people outside of large businesses still relied on dial-up. Couple this with the fact that video encoding technology was still pretty primitive, and… let’s just say the images were small and they didn’t look very good. As with music, however, some people were using their imaginations. They saw a future of faster, better computers, greater bandwidth and crisp, clear moving imagery on-line. It’s turned out these visionaries were right. Though it took time, the technology and hardware to make quality video transmission practical on the web has arrived, and it’s rapidly transforming the entertainment experience.In March of this year, Magid Associates released a new survey on the growing popularity of watching videos on the web, and the results were surprising. The online audience has increased fifty-six percent over 2006, with fourteen percent of 12 – 64 year old Americans watching daily, compared to just nine percent last year. Most of what they’re watching are amateur clips as found on sites like YouTube. However, there’s an increasing amount of copyrighted content – clips from motion pictures and television programs – showing up on the web. Similar to what the music industry experienced several years ago, the studios and networks now find themselves facing an onslaught of piracy, and a realization that control over their product is rapidly disintegrating.When a pirated clip shows up online, cease and desist letters are sent, lawsuits are threatened and the video is pulled from its hosting site – only to pop up again hours later. A simple web search will show that clips from a surprising number of films and TV shows are available in some form on the web. For the most part, no one is making a profit from putting these pirated clips up, but by doing so someone’s favorite TV moment can be shared with others, and can be seen anytime, anywhere. The consumer isn’t concerned about copyright, and never will be. As with music, what the public wants now is choice – access to a wide range of content, where and when they want it. This is why online piracy is happening, and because of this, there’s no doubt that the web is tied to the future of video entertainment. How it’s connected in the long run, however, is a source of very hot debate.Some see programming shifting away from the television set and onto computer screens, iPods, and cell phones. They see the portability of these devices and the lack of network scheduling restrictions as the future of TV. By downloading a viewing application onto your computer from one of many emerging web TV portals, you’ll be able to watch programs just as you would on your set, only with greater flexibility. Others see web TV as simply vast libraries of programs available 24/7, with the web as a go-between for the content and your traditional TV set. Plug your computer into your TV, download that company’s software, and you can watch what you want when you want it. These are vastly different strategies, and the traditional media companies are scratching their heads trying to predict which represents the future. There is one thing, however, that both visions have in common, and in my opinion this is the pivot on which the next generation of entertainment will turn.As I stated above, what the public wants now is choice, and the web enables them to have it despite whatever the television networks or motion picture studios may do to try and prevent it. Variety and flexibility are the future of television, and to a similar degree, motion pictures. The companies that can deliver this adequately to the public, in much the way iTunes has delivered it for music, will win the coming battle over the evolution of entertainment. Cable companies and satellite networks are capable of meeting this demand with the right adjustments to their technologies and infrastructures, which means that you don’t necessarily need your computer to enjoy these services. However, by integrating TV and the web we can address head-on the needs of a new consumer, and get to the heart of why video piracy is becoming such a problem. This is where things get interesting for both the existing networks, the cable providers and their emerging web competitors – all vying with one another for dominance in what the trades are already calling “TV 2.0″. And just how would this work?Let’s say I’m in my office and I’m telling some co-workers about an especially funny part of a program I saw last night. Access to television on the web will allow me to pull it up, find the exact moment I’m looking for, and then show it to my friends. Together, we can share a laugh, and then go about our work. Later on, let’s say I’m riding on the subway, or I’m sitting in an airport lounge. I’m curious to know what the weather’s like at my destination, or maybe I’m bored and have a little time to kill. I can pull out my cell phone and get the latest weather report, watch the news headlines, or see a movie trailer. This will be great for commuters and travelers, who often have time to kill between destinations, or for students who are waiting for a class to begin.However, do I really want to watch “Lawrence of Arabia” or “Spider-Man 3″ on a two-inch cell phone screen? Probably not. I wouldn’t want to sit the family around the dining room table and watch “Finding Nemo” on my laptop, either. What I would want to do is stretch out on the sofa, dim the lights, and watch a great feature film or the newest episode of my favorite sitcom on my big screen TV, complete with 5.1 surround sound. I might also want to watch an older movie or TV episode. What I want is to access an ever-expanding video library, and to be able to find the program I’m in the mood for immediately.What iTunes has done for music is to put an enormous catalogue of artists and recordings online, and make it available 24/7. This should be the future of TV – everything as video-on-demand. Not just new programs will be available, but old ones, too. Maybe tonight I want to see Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, or a particular episode of “Law and Order” from 2001. TV 2.0 will allow me to do that. Right now, though, I don’t have this freedom, and this must change.*In the scenario I’ve outlined above, the internet and the traditional TV set have access to the same programs, but my utilization of each is different. There are times when I want to see a program on my laptop or cell phone, but at other times I want to watch it on my television set. It’s kind of like having music on a CD, on my computer, in my iPod and in my cell phone. It’s about freedom, and portability. To me, this seems self-evident, but this is not necessarily the future that the cable companies or the various web TV start-ups are planning for. The traditional cable companies, much like the record labels before them, seem to be resisting change. They’re still bundling channels into various packages, and chaining us down to network schedules that may or may not fit in with our lifestyles. Yes, there’s TiVo, and VOD is getting better on most cable services, but it’s still shy of what I’ve outlined above.The web TV developers have a bigger part of the picture in their sights. They recognize the need for both accessibility and portability, and they’ve ditched the old broadcast schedules for complete VOD all the time. Better yet, these services are currently free. However, most web TV services require that you download a proprietary application to your desktop. You can only view videos via these programs, and the selection of content is pretty slim on most because the motion picture and television companies are waiting to see which service sticks before licensing out their product.As with music, Apple seems to be making the best progress. A fair selection of television shows and movies – everything from last season’s blockbuster to old “StarTrek” episodes – are available for purchase trough iTunes. By synching iTunes up to their new Apple TV hardware, and then connecting that to your TV, you have access to a limited version of the future I’m envisioning. The only problem here is that there are a lot of steps in this scenario, and downloading what you want to watch, one program at a time, is thrilling for its novelty now but could become a nuisance pretty quickly.Truth be told, for opening up traditional television to a future of all VOD all the time, the traditional cable companies are in the best position to make this happen, but the cable providers are reacting slowly, and the networks seem to be caught up in the idea that “Ugly Betty” is going to jump ship from your living room to your office. Simply platform shifting content from one screen to another, however, doesn’t adequately address the issues. It’s a quick fix – a band aid, at best. What’s called for is integration, and when that integration occurs I predict that the screen in your living room is still going to be the primary way in which you watch television and movies. The computer screen and the cell phone will serve as additional routes, for sharing or for when you’re on the go, but won’t replace the big screen experience. Buying trends support this.Plasma and LCD screens are getting cheaper by the day, and more and more we see people creating home theaters in their living rooms. Currently, it’s estimated that about thirty-four percent of the nation’s households have high-definition sets, and they aren’t too ahead of the curve. By February 17, 2009, all domestic stations must stop broadcasting analog signals. So watching television, whether it’s movies or sitcoms, will increasingly become a luxury experience. Given this trend, I feel that while smaller screens may offer convenience at certain times, they will never compete with the allure of HD and home theaters.So how does the web fit into the future of television? Apart from providing secondary, and generally specific viewing opportunities, the internet won’t replace TV. It will enable television to do things it hasn’t done before. It will expand its reach, and may even provide the back-end support necessary for the vast video library I’m envisioning, but the coming revolution has been over-hyped in relation to the web. Rather than just extend the reach of traditional TV, or serve as a go-between for your screen and the libraries of content providers, the web has the potential to become a new medium, with its own unique formats. Just as your television provides you with access to both movies and its own programming, the internet has the potential to do the same – bring you movies, episodic television programs, and original content. The very nature of when, where and how people engage with the web suggest this scenario.Statistics show that most of us access the internet in the office where the connections are faster and more reliable than at home. Given that fact, the average time spent viewing videos on the web is about eight minutes per session. That’s not enough time to watch a standard twenty-two to forty-four minute television program, but it is enough time to enjoy short content as it’s found on YouTube, MySpace or any other number of video sharing sites. Part of the appeal of these sites is that they are providing people at work, or on the go, a brief break. (Any more than eight minutes and you may find yourself cleaning out your desk!) These sites are enormously popular, and prove that there is great potential in creating content exclusively for the web. However, it would be unimaginative to think that the web can only provide candid shots of dancing cats, or babies taking their first steps. Amateur video sharing is an important part of the current web TV experience, and will continue to be, but there’s much more potential over the horizon.In part two of this article, I’ll explore what the future may hold for the internet as a unique entertainment medium.

Home Entertainment Products – Technology Entertainment

Entertainment is an activity in order to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience. The audience may participate in the entertainment passively as in watching opera or a movie or actively as in computer games.The playing of sports and reading of literature are also a kind of entertainment, but these are often called recreation, because they involve some active participation beyond mere leisure.Examples of entertainment include the following:Animation: Animation provides moving images. Cartoons are the comedic form of animation.Cinema: Cinema provides moving pictures as an art form. Cinema may also be called films or movies.Theatre: Theatre comprises of live performance such as plays, musicals, farces, monologues and pantomimes.Circus: Circus acts include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists.Comedy: Comedy offers laughter and amusement. Slapstick film, one-liner joke, observational humor, etc are forms of comedy which developed since the early days of jesters and traveling minstrels.Comics: Comics comprise of text and drawings which convey an entertaining narrative.Dance: Dance refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music.Reading: Reading comprises the interpretation of written symbols.Games: Games provides relaxation and diversion usually following a rule set
Music: Music is an art form combining rhythm, melody, harmony and/or vocals for entertainment, ceremonial or religious purposes.Modernization has created new waves, and has introduced varied trends in the society. The taste of the consumers today has shifted from their traditional form of entertainment to a more comfort offering one. Technological advancement has changed the entire outlook of entertainment.Technology has the potential to change the entire style of living of an individual. Innovative technology has made everything extremely comfortable for the common man. It offers varied easy options or solutions to the consumers. This in turn has made us accustomed to easy, quick, shortcuts in every step. So much so that even to relax you look for easier ways. And technology has not stepped back in this region either. As it has consistently done, technology has offered a number of comfortable home entertainment products. And when you talk about the latest technology it is digital.
The most commonly used digital home entertainment product is Television, VCD Players, DVD Players, Flat TVs, Home Theatre, LCD TVs & Plasma TVs

APEX EXPO – The in-Flight Entertainment Industry’s Main Event of the Year – Technology Entertainment

Each September sees the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) host the most important event in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) calendar. The APEX EXPO is the only show that is exclusive to the marketers, researchers and innovators committed to elevating the experience of airline passengers globally.Over four days this premier event features invaluable educational sessions from IFE industry experts as well as a display of the latest technology, products and services capable of enhancing the passenger experience. Crucially, this includes demonstrations of the latest in-flight entertainment technology to arrive on the market.Educational session topics cover technology standards, content issues, connectivity, seat and IFE integration and social media. Airline executives and vendors attend these popular sessions to exchange ideas, thoughts and insight. Recent topics have included:• IFE purchasing – research and results• Disruption in the skies: how to survive and thrive as the internet transforms the passenger experience• Passenger journey mapping for insight driven brand alignment• Passenger-driven experience for aviation brand design• Understanding the role of social media in an evolving aviation marketplace• What the future traveller might look like and its implications for the customer experience• Crisis management through social media• Dedicating customer care resources to social media channels• Satellite connectivity• IFE content management• Wireless IFE systemsFor airlines, this conference and exhibition represents a fantastic opportunity to discover ways of delivering great content to passengers in the most efficient manner possible. Those that attend also gain insights into how they can achieve important competitive advantage over other airlines through the quality of IFE that is being provided.In-flight entertainment plays a pivotal role in building and maintaining long-term relationships between airlines and their passengers. The impact it has on the latter’s overall flight experience is often a key driver in them choosing to fly with a particular airline. It’s the reason many airlines invest so heavily in their in-flight entertainment offering.Another popular feature of APEX EXPO are the networking events. Representatives from over 100 airlines and nearly 200 vendor companies mix to discuss ideas, gather information and strategise for the future.In the APEX exhibit hall, several hundred vendors create a global marketplace for airline IFE professionals to experience first-hand the latest industry roll-outs in content, technology, equipment and service to help them differentiate their businesses.For anyone responsible for enhancing in-flight entertainment at an airline, this global exhibition is a must-attend event.Airlines wanting to know more about the APEX EXPO and the latest innovations in content to enhance the passenger entertainment experience should speak to a top quality in-flight entertainment supplier.

Entertainment At Home With HDTV Technology – Technology Entertainment

HDTV technology is now almost universally used and it stands for High Definition Television. Lots of people buy televisions with High Definition because they enhance their experience of being entertained in the comfort of their homes with much better image resolution.Gone are the days of the old technology which had the glitches of interference or noise plus the usual ghosting. However, we enjoyed this television medium for many years allowing us to see images from all around the world, movies, comedies, news coverage, fun and games programs etc.It is ‘High Definition’ because the signal travels in digital form, in straight lines as opposed to analog signals that travel in waves and are prone to interferences of many kinds. Analog TVs remain in use and their signal can be converted to be seen on a HDTV sets. However they are really being faced out simply because people keep buying the new technology which is much better.As with everything else, technology surges ahead allowing us to benefit from the new improvements and discoveries of image transmission and production, as well as greater innovations about image, video and film storage. Now memory is cheap compared with very recent times. And since the 1920′s that television was invented we now have HDTV sets than enhance our home entertainment to amazing levels of satisfaction.Television still remains the highest form of entertainment for most people and so High Definition is embraced because of the clarity and beautiful definition we get from the images we now see in our TV screens. This digital age is what we got now and we are loving it. Television manufacturers around the world are doing great business because from almost anyone you talk to about HDTV, you get the same answer ‘yeah I got one’, or ‘I am buying one’.Of course, at the same time, these new televisions besides being of much greater quality, they are manufactured quicker and better with top of the range computerized equipment which allows us to buy them cheaper than we used to pay for the old technology. The pace of manufacturing better versions of the new advances in TV technology, benefits us the consumer greatly.HDTV sets can have different screen types: there are the ‘plasma’ TVs and the LCD ones and of course there are cons and pros for either type. You will find plasma HDTV sets with resolution levels of 3000:1 (now this figure is often more like 10,000:1) and LCD type sets with 1920 x 1080 of vivid colour crisp purity. But wait, now you can buy another type ‘ LED ‘High Definition’ sets in almost any size and price.The competition between manufacturers is good for us since we benefit from their desire to sell us more units at better prices, for a much greater product. Now we also have HDTV on our mobile devices if we want or in the tablets. This is the best time in history to be living you may agree; well, this must have been said before in every generation I guess…Speeds of transmission of image-data is increasing all the time and decreasing in costs too. Storage of films and videos is now a breeze because compression, transmission and storage technology is advancing fast every day. We must not forget also the magnificent filming technology we use every day with our mobiles which use also High Definition modes.In addition the HDTV can be used as a huge monitor for computers, mobiles and tablets since there are connection cables coupling devices easily or, very soon if not already present, transmission will be wireless which makes our live even more comfortable.The sound that comes from the new smart televisions as they are also called, is of great quality too, which at times, makes us believe the orchestra is there right in front of us, specially when we are in front of those giant HDTV screens… I have just done a search for biggest HDTV screens on the market and the answer: 110 inches! Or 2 and ¾ meters long!When these smart televisions are coupled with cable or satellite signal transmissions, the number of channels available for the viewer are many, in the hundreds and often free as well. If you subscribe to the Cable and Satellite HDTV companies, this figure is much greater and with superb picture and sound quality. Both here in Europe and in America businesses supplying this kind of entertainment are booming.Not sure how many people are still using the Analog type of signal anymore; probably very few people are still using them in the first world, since the switch from analog to digital is probably accomplished almost everywhere in Europe and in America.HDTV and the fabulous entertainment it provide for us all, is responsible for more and more people to sometimes decide to stay at home rather than going out so much. Personally though, TV is not my strong like but I still enjoy it sometimes and so if we are to watch TV we might as well watch it in beautiful crisp outstanding High Definition.Have fun with your HDTV!

Impact of Technology On The Field of Arts And Entertainment – Technology Entertainment

Nearly everyone enjoys the different types of entertainment, and some people enjoy even more being entertainers. They want to become actors, comedians, dancers, singers. We used to go inside theatres after a hard day’s work to relax and see our favorite plays. But only in the last hundred years have we been able to record sound and pictures and to broadcast them through air. These improvements have brought fun and entertainment to every corner of the world and into most of our homes.Technology has indeed made it possible for us to see entertainment in a new light. For one, technology has made it also possible for us to store our memories. Actors and singers long dead seem to come to life again every time their films or records are played. We can store a seemingly countless number of these records and films in CDs, hard drives and other storing devices like our computer. This makes it possible for us to entertain ourselves almost anywhere- at home, at the office, at the park, the bus; as long as we bring our devices with us. One can actually live without TV these days as long as one has a computer device and internet connection.The world of entertainment has grown tremendously, and it can teach us as well as entertain us. Today, broadcasting is the most important form of popular entertainment. But now it is challenged by still newer inventions. Video playback and recording equipments make it possible for home viewers to buy or record their favorite shows. Many classic movies are already available for home viewing. This new equipment may encourage many viewers to spend fewer hours watching network offerings of situation comedies and action dramas. And now, we can record, transfer, and produce our own videos using cellular phones.At the same time, the internet has revolutionized viewing habits in another way. The internet provides information on a lot of sources for movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. With internet connection, people can bring programs directly into their computer by doing downloads and many of these downloads are offered for free. Not only does it provide entertainment but we can even do some transactions like when you want to buy stun guns online.The internet offer entertainment on almost all particular interests- music, news, and special information such as stock markets, weather, and social networking. These sources are made available to us faster than ever, as fast as the stun gun effects.  We can update on news even before they get broadcasted on TV through the different websites on the internet.Never in recorded history have Entertainment and arts been so important in the lives of so many people. Modern inventions such as the internet have put nearly every person within reach of music and drama all day, every day, at home, and away from home. The internet has also made it possible for people not just become viewers but also the performers themselves as they are able to upload their own videos on different sites. The future of entertainment and arts is taking shape through technology and the people themselves.

In-Car Entertainment – Technology Moves On – Technology Entertainment

Car Audio and In-Car Entertainment is an essential feature of any car. In-car entertainment has come a long way from the days when your options were an AM/FM radio or if you were really lucky, a cassette tape player. Thanks to the reduced costs of devices such as LCD screens/monitors and the cost efficiency to the end consumer of the ever converging media playable technologies (in-car entertainment hardware units are capable of playing CD, MP3, WMA and DVD), In-Car Entertainment is within reach of an increasingly larger base of consumers. However, before you part with your hard-earned cash, whether on a Pioneer car stereo, a JVC speaker system or an iTrip or Belkin MP3 player connection kit, try and check out what other drivers think about their in-car entertainment systems.Improving the quality of your in-car audio experience can be as simple or as complex as you decide to make it. Today, consumer choices for In-Car Entertainment have grown in quality and sophistication. Today’s automotive electronics engineers are actively exploring new worlds when it comes to the exciting world of In-Car Entertainment. The electronics industry is seeing increased demand for this type of in-car technology.Whatever your driving habits, entertainment preferences or budget, there is a growing range of in-car products to turn driving into an exciting, vibrant, emersing entertainment experience. When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a vehicle, in-car entertainment is an absolute must. Hours and hours of tedious motorway driving rapidly passes by whilst listening to your favorite music. Many in-car audio systems now come with MP3 player connectivity so you can attach and play your favorite music directly from an MP3 player through the cars entertainment system.As the cost of automotive electronics continues to fall, the increase of additional electronic technologies, such as navigation and advanced telematics, will expand so rapidly that they will soon be standard features in most vehicles. Not so long ago you either paid a fortune for a dedicated satellite navigation unit fitted into your car’s dash or struggled with a PDA and a separate GPS receiver plus a tangle of charging and connecting cables wrapped around the steering column and most of the car floor. Many of the GPS Navigation Systems even have a business address facility so that you can enter a name and the system will direct you to your required destination.New technology has enabled vehicle audiophiles and gadget technophiles to take advantage of MP3 technology and USB devices. Whether you’re looking to connect your iPod, other brand of MP3 Player, USB Drive, Hard Drive or just a simple CD Player you’ll find an in-car entertainment company that will cater for your needs.

Wii Fit Technology: How Video Games Are Good For Health – Technology Entertainment

What happens when a video game manufacturer becomes a health junkie? You get games like Wii Fit or Wii Fit plus which change the world of gaming for you as a gamer and for Nintendo Wii as a gaming manufacturer. Nintendo – one of the leading producers of software and hardware for games now has a serious outlook on health and fitness as a result of which Wii Fit is now increasingly popular among many gaming aficionados.Nintendo first released Wii Sports – a virtual game that pulls gamers off their couches and invokes them to stimulate sports actions off their bodies to replicate these motions through controllers to play games on their Wii consoles. The actions required on the part of gamers playing these games well – like tennis or bowling – might not be the same as playing the actual games but could be construed as the best alternative for indoor physical activity closely replicating the movements of the real games.Nintendo’s latest release Wii Fit has been received with open arms by the gaming community at large — an ambitious, off-the-road kind of release that could set the entire gaming industry into another direction altogether. First off, the Wii Fit isn’t even close to a game; think of it more like an unlikely arranged marriage between a game and an exercise simulator. You could use Nintendo’s Wii Fit technology for your entertainment (since it’s a game, really) and then use it as an in-house weight loss management tool. For the first time then, not going to the gym can be more or less justified with your seemingly endless gaming sessions on the Wii Fit game.Nintendo also goes out of its way to do justice to the Wii Fit technology by adding a lot more to Wii Fit: a Wii Balance Board has about 40 challenges across fitness categories like muscle training, weight loss, aerobics and balance board games. It also has a fairly accurate module that calculates your BMI to further calculate your age and then daily progress from there on – recent trends from users suggest that it might not really be the best way to calculate your BMI since there have been errors, but it could do for a good start.Using Nintendo’s Wii Fit technology, you could now do push-ups, do lunges, squats and many other exercises apart from playing the Balance Board Games (which are more like mini-games). The best part is that it’s almost like working out in the gym where your heart’s beat rate soars; you break into sweat and can test your muscles until they go sore and then you start all over again.Having sold more than 2 million copies and counting worldwide, the various benefits of Wii Fit that Nintendo rolled out are now being grabbed with a relentless gusto. Pumping up your body into shape has never been this easier with a meager investment in a gaming console (that your entire family can use) and still be able to use it for the betterment of your health. It’s technology like this that tends to make it memorable purely from the value standpoint.It’s not to say that the Wii technology is perfect and that the Wii Fit game is the best ever; it’s clearly not so. But with some minor upgrades, this innovative game can transcend from the game-potato breeding that almost other games are guilty of to a truly therapeutic experience virtually, for the first time ever.

Top Five Cities for Information Technology Careers – Technology Entertainment

In today’s ever-evolving digital world, certain information technology careers are going to see an increase in demand. If you are looking to find a career in information technology, then perhaps looking at the top five states where they are paid the best will give you a starting point at what your future career will look like. Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places each of these three careers in these states using various measure tools, but below is listed the states with the highest average salary.Graphic Designers are the artists behind the material design of marketing campaigns, magazines and journals and other commercial needs. They use various mediums, like print or technology to convey a message. Graphic Designers work for businesses, non-profits, healthcare, education and tons of other sectors of society.

District of Columbia: $68,100.
California: $57,180.
New York: $56,680.
Connecticut: $55,780.
Maryland: $51,880.
Multimedia Designers are the creative professionals that design and implement various multimedia and interactive platforms. This work could be for entertainment or for business purposes.
California: $76,010.
Maryland: $66,850.
Washington: $64,840.
New York: $62,150.
Arkansas: $61,340.
Computer Software Engineers are the brains behind designing some of the most complex computer software and making it user-friendly for an everyday user and for use in the business world. This industry falls into two categories: application engineers and systems engineers. Application engineers develop the software, while systems engineers synchronize the applications to work together.

Massachusetts: $102,920.
California: $102,080.
Virginia: $95,420.
Maryland: $95,310.
New Jersey: $94,010.
These careers look very good for the next decade. All of them are seeing a high percentage of job growth – 13 percent, 14 percent and 32 percent respectively. In today’s world, the biggest buyers and users of IT innovation are education and business. With the constant change in business sectors to stay competitive with their international counterparts and with the national and international focus on education reform and education technology, these professionals will be needed to help invent and implement new ideas. Start-up businesses are increasingly tech-focused as well. For example, Twitter, Mashable, IonInteractive, 3D movies and Smartboards.

Commonsense In-Car Entertainment – Technology Entertainment

Entertainment is a good thing. It is great that technology has made it possible for us to have high quality entertainment on the go. However, I’m concerned with a certain lack of commonsense in this mobile entertainment.Have you seen those folks who insist on giving us car audio enthusiasts a bad name? I mean those folks who drive in the neighborhood with their volumes all cranked up. And worse still, with music that contains a lot of words that we’d prefer our children never hear.If you want to rumble in your car, I think it makes a lot of sense to go out on the highway or offraod in the countryside where you can have all the vibes you want and still not mar another person’s day.To say I love music is an understatement. However, I’d want to meditate, or take a nap, or just have some quiet in my house sometimes. We all do something else apart from play music. Let’s give others some room to have a nice time doing other things other than music.And how about DVD players and other display based incar entertainment units?One would have thought that this does not require the law enforcement agencies for people to do what’s best for them. But, painfully, it does. Is the price not too high for those who decide to use them contrary to all safety precautions?Simple precautions like ensuring that such displays are positioned in such places where they cannot distract the driver are fair enough.It’s painful when a few bad eggs seem determined to compel lawmakers to place an outright ban on display units.I know there are articles that show ways you can beat the law and do what you like. But if what you like makes you a nuisance or is hazardous, I guess commonsense dictates you have a rethink.

How Much Do You Know About Home Entertainment Centers? – Technology Entertainment

Entertainment centers today are available in various colors, sizes, designs, prices and style. The traditional home theater system includes wide screen Plasma TVs, DVD players and CD changers and more and more new designs are finding ways to incorporate you PC. Different styles and and functionality for entertainment centers includes ones designed specifically with a Plasma TV stand, ones that are designed to hold 32 inch or large TV sets, some also have expandable compartments and many people absolutely love the entertainment Armoire. The latter is particularly harder to obtain as armoires are usually family heirlooms.There are also entertainment centers that are designed to house not only CDs but books and other items as well. As technology progresses so does the obsession with HD Plasma and LCD projection TVs and as such designers of the entertainment centers ensure that their creations are able to incorporate these high tech devices. These designs are sleek and usually represent a specific lifestyle.The prices attached to these systems vary and ranges from $800 to $8000. They are available to practically anywhere in the world…check websites online or visit your local department store showroom. The ones purchases online has an edge over the showroom models as you have the opportunity to customize your model to reflect your personal creativity.The biggest benefit from owning an entertainment center is not just the ultimate home movie experience but also having a system that is versatile and flexible and has a lot of spaces to do practically anything you want with it. If you are contemplating investing in an entertainment system then shop around a bit and compare prices or better yet wait until that really cute one goes on special discount.Adding one of these centers to you home should bring a sleek elegancy to your decor making you very popular among friends as they will all want to drop by to watch that big game on the weekend. Being able to afford this luxury shows that you have been a high achiever and usually it’s the first thing that is going to catch someone’s eye when they walk into the room. So maybe you or a loved one has a birthday coming up; this could be a great gift for you or for your loved one.Life is short and should be enjoyed to the fullest so splurge. You word hard everyday ensuring the bills are paid and that the family is protected now its time to do something for you. You don’t have the time to go out to see a movie so bring the movie home to you. “Do it for yourself” and for the fact that you can now proudly invite the neighbours over…you deserve it.