I’m sure most of you are familiar with smart phones and their ability to access virtually anything with the swipe of a finger. But how many of you can imagine this scenario? You walk into your living room and plop down on the sofa. Someone forgot to replace the remote in its home, but you don’t really need it. Instead, you simply speak to the enormous television, with unbelievable resolution, in normal sentences to find something to watch.
Have a specific TV show or movie in mind? This TV speaks back to you, telling you whether your show is available for viewing on live TV, or on one of the many existing apps, such as Netflix, and takes you directly to your entertainment.
Maybe you have no idea what you want to watch. That’s not a problem. Your TV has facial recognition, and knows what you, and everyone else in the house likes, by your previous views, and also through its connection with your iPad, iPhone, or other tech gadgets. So, the TV then gives you numerous customized options to choose from. It not only has voice control, but gesture control as well, which allows you to search and make your selection by merely waving your arm in the direction you would like the page to turn and performing a few uncomplicated hand movements to make your choice.
The gesture controls are also convenient while browsing through the many available social and entertainment apps, for example, giving a thumbs-up is all it takes to like a Facebook post. And all while your television is locating your ideal film, checking your messages and playing your favorite tunes that you have saved in your phone, it is also able to connect with your other smart appliances to perform tasks such as monitoring your laundry cycle and changing your thermostat.
The Future is now.
Twenty years ago, this would have sounded like a Science Fiction movie. Remarkably, this is more than just a fascinating scenario. Just this week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung introduced these incredible features in their innovative Smart TVs and the useful, new Samsung home screen, the Smart Hub UI. Do you already own a fairly new Samsung TV? Don’t stress, you can also convert your current TV to include the new Smart Hub UI. The date of availability and the prices have yet to be announced, but are said to be released sometime in 2013. What do you think of the advancements Samsung has made in their televisions? Will this be your new favorite electronic?