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Samsung’s ES8000 LED TV with Smart TV
Samsung is updating its television lineup with the Samsung ES8000 LED TV. It features a dual core processor, slim bezel, and U-shaped stand. The television goes up to 55-inches and displays a more intuitive user-interface with an emphasis on voice interaction, facial recognition, integrated camera controls for multi-video conferencing, and multitasking.
“Let’s say you are watching a movie on Netflix and want to check in on the hockey highlights, just toggle from Netflix to one of my favorite apps, NHL Game center, and come right back to the movie without having to quit the app and launch another app,” said Samsung America President of Consumer Electronics Division Tim Baxter at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
Samsung’s all-new 55-inch flat screen will début later this year with the Smart TV platform on board. The product’s pricing details and release date are currently not known, but the South Korea-based Company fully detailed its television and Web-based platform that allows users to find, control, and experience their set and media by way of Smart Interaction, Smart Content, and Smart Evolution.
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Samsung spotlights the Smart Touch remote control, Voice and Gesture control, and Smart View mobile app as part of its Smart Interaction branding. The built-in microphone and trackpad on the remote control delivers a modern, forward-thinking method for navigating and controlling menus, while the Voice and Gesture control enables immersive management of select TV functions via—you guessed it—physical movements and the spoken word. Hand gestures, similar to an Xbox Kinect-like experience, can also help with operating the user-interface, such as selecting and swiping with hand motions.
The Smart Interaction initiative even includes facial recognition tech for logging into Samsung’s media hub. Face recognition logs each family member into their own profile, so people can see their individual apps and preferences. Meanwhile, the Smart View mobile app is a third and last way to communicate with Samsung’s Smart TV platform. It is available for download on specific Samsung smartphones and tabs.
Samsung’s Smart Content stamp touts apps, signature services, and Web browsing to completely enhance the user’s experience. Smart TV owners can use voice-commands to load their Smart Content, such as On-Demand channels, Web browsers, premier applications, or 3D digital media. They can stay healthy through a new fitness service that delivers workout videos and syncs information to a wireless scale accessory for tracking weight, or they can get access to media through the Netflix or Pandora apps, or even search the Internet with access across all their connected devices.
The company also boasts it own media hub, dubbed “Smart Hub,” which provides access to premium television and movie content through purchasable or rentable options. The Smart Hub is preloaded on Samsung’s Smart TVs. Another hallmark for Smart Content is full high-definition 3D. Samsung’s content partners are committed to 3D, according to the company, as they have a special focus on building a library of 3D content to stream to Smart TV. NBC Universal, for instance, is launching a 3D version of “Battlestar Galactica” on the Smart Hub. The globally popular Angry Birds mobile game will also release on Smart TV this year, and it includes complimentary animated shorts made available through an On-Demand channel for 2010 to 2012 Smart TV models.
It is also worth noting that Samsung’s app developer availability grew from 500 to 25,000 in less than two years. The total number of apps downloaded worldwide hit the 20 million mark at the end of January.
Samsung’s Smart Evolution is about delivering an exceptional picture with the possibility to upgrade in the future. A dual-core processor provides fast Web surfing and app downloading, while the Clear Motion Rate 960 soothes fast-moving images to cut distortion. The Smart TV platform also features Micro Dimming Ultimate, which displays vivid contrast with vast color and sharp details. As for the future, Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Evolution Kit for upgrading the Smart TV’s performance and functionality. The insertion chip/kit essentially lets users keep up-to-date with the latest technologies without having to buy a new set every year.
With the upcoming launch of Samsung’s Smart TV with Smart Interaction, Smart Content, and Smart Evolution, and a new 55-inch LED display that highlights smart technology with a focus on voice and gesture interactions, enhanced content, 3D technologies, and multitasking, it seems as though the company is a giant force that cannot be stopped. The conglomerate’s suite of cutting-edge innovations literally redefines the “smart” in Smart TV.