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Display requirements for the InfoPad: a wireless multimedia terminal
Author(s): Robert W. Brodersen
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Paper Abstract

In the recent years a major discussion has been unleashed about a new paradigm for personal computing, which is focused on supporting the new 'killer app' of accessing and manipulating multimedia data form the internet. The enormous growth of this activity, and the access to network resources that it provides, has called into question the continuing relevance of placing ever more computation and storage locally in the user's computer. The alternative being put forward is that the user device need only include the processing necessary to support network communications, and related I/O activities involving multimedia data. The personal computer then reduces to an I/O device with ever more of the functionality residing in network servers. The display is one of the most critical components of this device and its requirements will be discussed. One primary motivation for this evolution is that the computer must evolve from being an office and business device that was transplanted into the home, to a 'consumer appliance' which truly meets the computing and communications needs of the typical non-business user. Certainly cost is one of the key elements, but as will be seen there are a number of other characteristics that must be changed and incorporated in order for the home computer to have the acceptance of other consumer devices such as the phone and television. In fact the case is so compelling for this new appliance, it will have significant impact in the business sector as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3014, Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays Technology and Applications, (10 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270282
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Robert W. Brodersen, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3014:
Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays Technology and Applications
Tolis Voutsas; Tsu-Jae King, Editor(s)

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