I’ve often wondered how far we could take immersive media. I experienced a cutting edge application of surround sound and HD video right in our Intel booth here at CES 2008. The area was called the High-Def Lounge and the audio and video experience really took me by surprise. Let me tell you a little bit about this experience. I was seated in a chair that looked sort of like a big bubble, a bubble covered in gorgeous white leather. When I sat down I had speakers all around me – above, below, and to the sides – built into the chair. They were sound controls similar to those on a home thearter to my right, allowing me to adjust the volume and bass levels. In front of me was one of the latest 45nm Intel(R) Centrino(R) processor-based notebooks from Lenovo. When I hit the go button, I was toally immersed in a combination of stunning 1080P HD video and utterly amazing audio from the SonicChair that I was sitting in. The video was series of clips from the amazing BBC documentary Planet Earth, which you everyone on the planet should see in HD. It’s stunning! The audio experience was unbelieavable. The SonicChair knocked out the pandemonium of the busy trade-show environment and completely surround me with sound. I could not only hear, but feel it in my body. The computer was a Lenovo Y710 notebook with a wide-screen display and a new 45nm Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo dual-core processor running at 2.8GHz. The content was an impressive full 1080P with beautifully sharp visual clarity. I know it will be some time before I have a SonicChair in my home, but the experience is something that shows me where the possilities lie for home entertainment in the future. I have nothing against the iPod, but the audio experience of a true multi-channel surround-sound sysem is simply amazing. When combined with stunning visuals, it’s an awesome experience. For more on the SonicChair, visit SonicChair.de. For information on the Lenovo Y710 notebook, click here.
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