What an exciting time to be involved in game design and multimedia driven application
development! Computer hardware continues to evolve and increase in speed in shorter
and shorter cycles. And no segment of computer hardware has seen more growth in
recent years than the video card market.
Of course, there’s more to multimedia than video. There’s sound, user input, and
music to produce. The Web has created wonderful opportunities to present video and animations.
the Quebec city region’s reputation as a digital arts and interactive entertainment development
hub has long crossed international boundaries. From cellphones to iMaX screens, producing
multi-screen and multi-platform content is a source of excitement for local creators, who are
experts in the art of entertainment.
Many exciting impacts on our daily life are shortly anticipated due to recent advances
in wireless communication networks that enable real-time multimedia services to be
provided via mobile broadband Internet on a wide variety of terminal devices. The
trend is mainly driven by the evolution of wireless networks and advanced wireless
information and communication technology (ICT).
Currently, users identify wireless networks with first- and second-generation cellular telephony networks. Although voice and short messaging have driven the success of these networks so far, data and more sophisticated applications are emerging as the future driving forces for the extensive deployment of new wireless technologies. In this chapter, we will consider future wireless technologies that will provide support to different types of traffic including legacy voice applications, Internet data traffic, and sophisticated multimedia applications...
faced with being a single-threaded language in a multimedia, multitasking,
thrived. One after the other, potential rivals in the browser—Flash, Silverlight,
and Java applets, to name a few—have come and (more or less) gone.