In the age of computers, many people have turned from “couch potatoes” to “mouse potatoes.”

At the heart of these new lightweight LCD displays is special software that Microsoft developed under the code-name “Mira.” The program, now called Windows CE for Smart Displays, allows the displays to wirelessly communicate with any personal computer running the Windows XP Professional operating system.

How it works is fairly simple. The computer sends the data needed to create the icons and pictures for display using Wi-Fi, a wireless communication standard typically used to network different computers. The smart display picks up the data using a built-in Wi-Fi receiver and creates the images as needed.