2011 and everything has to be smart…The smart phone we all have, and next up smart TV. IAF showed the first ideas regarding smart television, but is this really the next big smart thing!? Let’s take a look at this smart tv, is this what we’ve been waiting for.
A television set with internet access featuring apps (like our smartphones and tablets) is nothing really innovation. It’s only adding knowing technology to a oldschool television…This way you gain access to the internet or whatever app feature that’s available, like newspapers, games, magazines, …. through your television set. But are we really waiting for this? Shure I check my newspaper online and with my favorite newspaper app, but I don’t want stand within arms reach of my television set to control this. We all know mouse and keyboard on our lap in the couch isn’t huge success. So until I can’t control my television set through my tablet or smart phone, this won’t smart television won’t work.
On the other hand smart television can be linked to the interactive social television which is finally taking off (very slow, but it’s taking of) with dual screen applications that run simultaneously on our tablets, participating audience through social media…is this incorporated in this smart television. It’s easier to use probably when the television set is a smart television, but controlling it still is a hassle, thinking back at a basic keyboard and mouse approach I talked about earlier.
So up next for our developers is to create a connection (through Wi-Fi and the cloud) between our smart features so I can sit back and relax in my couch to watch and control my smart television.
In a not so far future our smart devices will probably use virtual or augmented reality features to get a similar effect. But basic device will remain our (virtual) smart phone or tablet.
For now we have to deal with the ever-changing face of our screen. I don’t want to speak about a television, or tablet, or PC monitor…let’s just call it a multi-purpose screen, used to watch television, or to work at, play games, …..
Some creative guys at a design studio gave an impression on the new iPhone5 which is showing some basic ideas on how to see future screens and smart phone (control).