Samsung stepped up as a heavy-hitter in the Smart TV market with the unveiling of their ES8000 television on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  They boasted how it has been ‘future-proofed’ with the built-in ability to upgrade it’s features and processing power as well as gesture-based control and face and voice recognition allowing users to browse the web with a wave of their hand and to change channel by speaking in one of the more than 20 languages that the set is preprogrammed to understand.

The implications of this kind of technology becoming mass market are huge - and how eventually it could have a huge impact on how we watch TV and how we interact with the medium in the future.  It’s another nail in the coffin for the old-school, stupid TV remote - with tablets and smart phones providing the others.

Smart TVs will use the in-built camera for facial recognition (and Skype video chat) which means it will be able recognise family members and bring up their profile with personalised app selections, favourite channel lists and recordings.  Samsung, at CES, said that the number of apps available will grow by 60 per cent this year and that over 20 million downloads will soon be reached - and that 25,000 companies were now developing apps for its platform.

How do you feel about this next step in the future of technology - would you find value in having a more personal and unique experience when you are watching TV and interacting with the internet?

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