The line between computers and television is being further blurred by Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. Its WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express board is a dual hybrid PC TV tuner that lets users watch one TV program on their PC while watching, pausing or recording a second program. Consumers can use Microsoft Media Center's TV scheduler to automatically record their favorite TV shows and play back recordings at any time on their PC screens. The single-slot board, based on NXP Semiconductors' SAA7164E dual-channel PC TV system-on-chip, supports all analog and digital TV formats used in North America. It offers native hardware encoding to reduce the CPU overhead demands on the PC.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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