We cover in our sister publication, PictureThat, the accelerating convergence in functionality and features between still cameras and video camcorders. Still cameras are borrowing much wider zooms, low lux performance, and image stabilization from video cameras while providing HD video recording capabilities with interchangeable lessons in cameras like the Nikon D90 or Canon Mark 2D and the new Kodak Easyshare Z980. Well the same type of convergence is starting to accelerate between TVs, NetBooks, and desktop computers. But this time the glue or integrating agent is smarter computer controllers plus Internet connections on TV. And the major provider is not Google nor Microsoft, but Yahoo.
Thus TV may yet win sway over the PC as household information appliance of choice. And of course, one enabler is Microsoft’s slothful Windows XP and Vista OS. Instead of being able to rely on its Media PC to keep all this corralled and under control, Vista and its ilk impose huge boot-up lags, cumbersome security”features”, and lavishly expensive runtime requirements. This leaves opportunities for TV vendors to interface to the Web quickly and cheaply; hence creating opportunities for Yahoo TV Widgets:
Right now the feel good story at CES 2009 appears to be Palm. This is the tale of how Palm, long a valiant pioneer in mobile + PDA, battling against the Mobile Software Monsters has quite possibly rescued its Brand of Technology excellence with the well designed Pre mobile phone offering. Let me suggest in the subtext, Yahoo may have done the same for its somewhat faltering Web presence.