You are ready to watch a movie with your HTPC/D-ILA combination. A tiny window on your screen shows the status of other folks doing the same thing at the same time all over the world!
You could see whether other folks have their projector ON, in STANDBY or OFF. If the projector is ON, you could see if they were tuned in to a DVD, HDTV or one of the video modes. Maybe even send an instant message to the person, saying:
"Hey Chris, whatcha watchin'?"
A privacy mode prevents anyone from interrupting you. Would this be cool? Would you feel completely violated (invasion of your privacy)? Would you feel more connected to the rest of your peers? Would it be easier to ask questions when you have them? Do you have broadband or dial-up Internet access?
It's totally possible to "network" the projectors together when they are connected to PCs, and with the RS232 cable connected, the available information is fairly rich.
I'm not saying that this will happen anytime soon, but I wanted to throw the idea out to see what the interest level is. If this does go forward, it would probably be released as a freeware app. (not associated with Dilard) to try to increase the number of users to a level where the app is interesting to use.
Thoughts? Extensions on the idea? Please post!
Technical Director, Home Theater Products