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Check out this write-up from Forbes about an interesting new product by a SF Bay Area company called Sling Media.

Sitting in a Starbucks in San Mateo, Calif., Blake Krikorian performs an Internet magic trick. He fires up an iPAQ handheld and, with a few clicks on a menu, pulls up live television. The screen is small, but the Fox channel's Judge Hatchett is smooth; no delays, no frozen frames. Krikorian switches to his laptop, and moments later Clifford the Big Red Dog is nosing around at a birthday party, courtesy of PBS. He then apologizes:He could download TV to his cell phone if only there were higher-speed service. "It's coming," he promises.

Krikorian's little company, Sling Media, is about to launch the SlingBox Personal Broadcaster, an amazing little box that can redirect any video--such as a cable or broadcast feed--from your home to any screen you carry, as long as it has a wireless Internet connection. "I'm already paying for my cable at home," Krikorian says. "Why can't I watch it somewhere else?"
Well, I want to squint my eyes at TV broadcasted to a cell phone LCD screen as much as the next guy -- but this would be a whole lot better with a Microvision scanned beam display. There's a little more info and discussion about the SlingBox Personal Broadcaster at Mikehall's Embedded WebLog. Dick Tracy TV wristwatch, here we come.

Coming soon to a cell phone in your pocket.


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