Our technology is beginning to monitor us
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We are more used to watching our TVs, but Panasonic has revealed a new set that turns the tables – watching us watching it. The firm claims the new Viera TV sets, revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, can recognize owners and adjust the TV according – showing their favorite settings and channels.
The TV sets have a special camera mounted on top of them to spot people – and the remote control can also recognize people from their voice. Panasonic refused to reveal how the system works, but claimed it was extremely accurate, and showed a demonstration showing several family members being spotted.
Once recognized, the TV automatically displayed their favorite channels, web TV shows and other information on a personalized home screen. The firm is one of several showing off new ‘smart TV sets as the Las Vegas show.
New TVs from Samsung will recognize an expanded range of gestures so people can swipe through on-screen menus in a way that revolutionizes the old remote control.
Samsung Electronics Co., the Korean electronics maker that is successfully challenging Apple in smartphones, touts the new user interface as faster and more intuitive than before. Samsung said Monday that the new interface will be a feature of upcoming smart TVs.
In addition, certain high-end Samsung smart TVs sold since last year can be upgraded with an add-on kit – complete with the required quad-core processor – that will be sold separately for a few hundred dollars.
LG also revealed a new Magic Remote, which acts like a wand that is sensitive to motion and is used to navigate on-screen menus. LG said the new model responds better to natural speech and can be controlled with a single finger. It also lets you change the channels by writing numbers in the air.
Samsung’s new handheld remote control comes with a touch-sensitive clickable track pad, which is another way to navigate through viewing options.
Panasonic also claims to have solved the problem of watching TV without annoying the family.
People who don’t want to disturb sleeping family members could use a new product from Panasonic that doesn’t need speakers or even your own ears: wireless bone-conduction headphones. The headphones connect to a TV via the Bluetooth wireless standard and attach to your head like a normal set of headphones.
But instead of using your ears, the headphones work like hearing aids by transmitting sound waves through your skull. source – Daily Mail UK