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How to Turn Your TV into a PC

How to Turn Your TV into a PC

May 15, 2007
Mary Hobson
Technology Schools Columnist

Doesn't it seem like a waste of time and money to have a stereo unit, a TV and a PC that don't interconnect? For years we have talked about being able to link all of our entertainment media together in the home, and at the end of 2006 we finally saw some products on the market that allow us to do this easily.

Wireless Technology Links TVs and PCs

There are relatively simple set-top boxes for sale now that communicate with your PC by means of either an Ethernet connection or a broadband wireless network. Once you've installed this device--and you don't need an information technology degree to do it--you can download content from the Internet onto your PC in the normal fashion. Then you can have all the advantages of watching and listening to this content using your high-resolution plasma screen and surround-sound technology (or, if you're like most of us, your regular 24-inch TV).

Technology Schools: Research and Development

What took so long for companies to produce this? We've had the capability to link devices together for many years. However, complex research and development issues (namely, the problem of potentially connecting hundreds of different kinds of devices that operate in different ways) slowed us down.

However, several decades of investment in research and development is finally coming to fruition. This body of research is really beginning to pay dividends, as we see faster development of new products and a greater range of new ideas that we can use in our everyday lives.

How Do You Get Involved?

If all this really interests you, you may consider pursuing an information technology degree. You will find that it may open up careers in research and development, service engineering and a host of other fascinating computer-related jobs.

Information technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in our economy. Don't miss the opportunities it can open up to you.


About the Author

Mary Hobson is the Head of IT School at a Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also works as a freelance writer.