Within a day of returning from the consumer electronics show, I was asked the same question by at least 10 people: "What was the most exciting product you saw in Las Vegas?" Unfortunately, my answer didn't excite anyone because, aside from a few clever little gadgets, I didn't see anything thrilling.
In 1936, the BBC introduced its viewers to high-definition TV. (Well, that's what they called it, anyway.) The Beeb's new broadcast system produced a blurry, black-and-white 405-line image. Still, it was a lot better than the 30-line standard it replaced. Seventy years later, the name's the same; only the specs are different.
At just 48 years of age, Drew Snodgrass had already become a digital dinosaur. While many of his contemporaries were in Circuit City drooling over 60-inch flat-panel HDTVs and the latest laptops, Drew and his wife, Chris Monty, curled up in front of a trusty 27-inch Sony wedged into a corner of the family room, a mass of wires running to a VCR and DVD player.
Hooray! you've finally got that 50-inch plasma HDTV you've been lusting for since the days when they cost a cool 10 grand. Excited with your same-as-cash, no-payments-for-a-year 1080p deal, you grab a beer, settle into the sofa, and tune in one of the games in DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package, ready to watch the greatest image you've never seen.