1Introduction to convergent systems



1.1 What this book is about

The range of products and services which can be based on various combinations of audio, video and computer technology is limited only by the imagination. From the musical greetings card through videophones, digital photography, MP3 players, Internet video and video-on-demand to flight simulators, electronic cinema and virtual reality, the same fundamentals apply. The wide scope of this book has made it essential to establish some kind of order.

The purpose of this chapter is to show why binary coding and digital processing are so powerful, to introduce a number of key concepts and to give some examples of convergent systems and their far-reaching consequences. The explanations ...

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