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Is Your TV Watching You?

smart TVTV watching can be enjoyable at the same time relaxing. With all the engaging shows one gets to see every time the telly is turned on, anyone would definitely find the big screen irresistible. Moreover, the fact that it gives better access to almost every available information with just a switch of the button, it’s more than probable that anyone at home would find being in front of the TV one of the best means of relaxing a stressed out mind and strained body.

This is how things are supposed to be—you turn on the TV, you watch a show. That’s stress-free relief. But did it occur to you that it could be the other way around? Instead of you watching your TV it could be you who are being watched? Won’t that give you the creeps?

Remember that we are now living where smart technology thrives—smart phones, smart pads, smart pens, and the Smart TVs. Have you ever thought whether these technologies are really that smart?

Thanks to technology, your everyday talking yet seemingly detached companion, the television, has steadily become more and more interactive or smarter, as developers call it. Most of television manufacturer’s today have designed newer TV’s to be equipped with smart features such as mics, cameras, even internet connectivity which allows a number of various applications to likewise be manageable, that makes every TV viewing experience so much the same as that to a PC experience.

Thus, this new generation type of TVs that most of us see available in the market today depends much on the presence of each of the following capabilities to communicate with its viewers or users: a  central processing unit (CPU), a General Processing Unit (GPU) which is an electronic circuit specifically designed to quickly manipulate as well as modify device memory to accelerate the formation of images in a frame buffer that is meant for output to a display screen, network connectivity, high definition, image panes as well as alpha channel management, frame-accurate video and also audio streaming regulator, as well as wireless or NFC remote communications. These functions provide the new TV technology users far better interactivity than older TV versions.

Moreover, with such technology, information finds its way quicker than viewers would have the time to search for it. Actually, they won’t have to search for it as with the new Smart TV’s applications allowing advertisements related to a show that is being watched are now automatically shown while a viewer watches a favorite show.   In effect, the world is slowly becoming semantic web, where people are able to share content outside the limits of applications as well as websites.

Such innovations have, as a consequence, created a more perceptive and intelligent interface, so to speak. But having these capabilities can also present distinctive security as well as privacy issues that are actually at present making consumers uncomfortable.

Consider this post from TechSpot which mentioned a report from a BlackHat Conference in Las Vegas which labeled Smart TVs as “the most dangerous thing in your house” and later relaying how hackers-for-hire Aaron Grattafiori and Josh Yavor was able to make its way through Samsung’s 2012-model smart TVs using a Skype app.

Even with this vulnerability, still it appears that more people are more interested in acquiring Smart TVs. A Telecom paper reports that “emerging market consumers are more likely to buy Smart TVs.” It seems that there really is some truth for the general public on what George Lucas, founder of Lucas Film which is notable of its Star War films, has to say regarding this shift, “Internet television (is going to be)…more interesting than what you see in the movie theater.”

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Posted on September 5, 2013 by 0 Comments Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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