Even as game developers are trying to push all those cores in the Cell to the max to extract the most gameplay and graphics out of the PS3, others are looking to squeeze performance of a different kind from the processor, as demoed by Toshiba during the 2006 CETEC exhibit. After all, the "consumer electronics" tag in CETEC isn't limited to just games, as is the Cell.
Besides the PS3, the Cell's expected to be used in a wide variety of gadgets such as TVs, cell phones, and video recorders. Toshiba showed off two real-time applications of the Cell. One had it pulling twelve (count it: 12, that's 4 times 3, cheaper-by-the-dozen 12) high-def TV signals and playing them on the same TV at the same time.
The second Toshiba demo was real-time motion-capture (mo-cap). The subject is being captured in real time and NOT wearing that funny mo-cap suit. The running commentary suggests that this can be used in online shopping, with shoppers being able to try out "virtual" clothing selections by mo-cap before buying them. Oh heck, let's not forget that the next-gen EyeToy's coming out for the next-gen PS3! Let's try for mo-cap Fight Night!