As we consume more media online, and the web becomes more central to our lives, it’s only natural to want to bring that content into our living rooms. But while I and a few others will watch movies and shows on a laptop, most people want to watch their media on their TV. And if they can surf the web at the same time, more power to them. For some people, this trifecta of the couch, web surfing and movie-watching on a big screen is their version of heaven. If they have an AMD-powered computer running Windows, then they’re in luck.
I met on Friday with Brent Barry, a PC gaming strategist over at AMD, to get a demo of the AMD Live Explorer software running on a Windows PC and a Sony television. The demo was hardwired, but a consumer could also use a Wii or an Xbox console (both contain AMD chips from the ATI graphics division) to wirelessly send the information from the PC to the console hooked into the television. Since this only works on AMD-powered PCs, most of the market (notably Mac users) are out of luck, but anyone else can download the software for free. It seems similar to the functionality of the ZvBox, but doesn’t require the extra hardware. For a quick tour of the software and why visual computing is becoming so important, check out the video.