The 1966 sci-fi film Fahrenheit 451 was the first to feature a futuristic, flat, widescreen TV hanging on the wall. Science fiction has now become reality with the release of the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 5, the first plazma TV to hit the market complete with integrated tuner and speakers. B&O designer David Lewis drew on the art world for his inspiration in packaging the BeoVision 5, encompassing both picture and sound into the unique frame - the form factor enables many diverse placement possibilities, including a wall bracket or floor stand, or simply to lean it against the wall, as Lewis originally intended. Incorporating high quality, active loudspeakers and a Dolby Digital surround sound decoder, the unit offers exceptional cinema quality sound without the addition of further speakers. If you wish to build the full surround sound system, the quality of the internal speakers means you do not require an additional centre speaker. Priced at AUS$39,500, further details from www.bangolufsen.com
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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