For years I've used whiteboards, roughly 24"x30", for drawing tactical maps, positioning, etc. One day digital whiteboards
will come down in price and I'll get one. Whiteboards are great for hand-drawn low-color sketches, but what about full-color maps and hi-res images of locations, characters, etc? One of the few things I like about PBF is the ability to link immediately to an image of a character or setting, to help set the mood or provide a visual.
Well just yesterday (late to the party), I realized that I could use the web browser in my Wii
to connect to an HTML document I've linked to a bunch of pre-uploaded images, thus turning my flatscreen TV into a support unit for games. PCs enter a new setting? Click, click, "Here's what you see." Meet an NPC? Click, click, "Here's what she looks like." (Note: I found when preparing pics for the Wii browser, they work best when they're twice as wide as they are high; 800x400 works well for me.)
This got me thinking. What applications of home entertainment technology and other hi-tech gizmos are you using - perhaps not as originally intended - to support or augment your gaming experiences?