Future TVs

April 23, 2012

Smart TV (credit: IKEA)

We should expect much more from television in the Web 3.0 era, Kim Davis says in Internet Evolution Editor’s Blog.

For one thing, the distinction between televisions and other network devices has to go.

Deborah Netburn of the Los Angeles Times did a pretty good job last month of drawing up a wish list for the future of television. Among her dead-on demands:

  • One simple device with one, intuitive remote (hello, Uppleva!).
  • More straightforward interfacing with channel information.
  • All content in one place (cable, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu…).
  • A universal system.

I’d like to take this a step further. What I’d really like to be able to do is connect wirelessly to smart television monitors and watch my programming on the larger screen.

“My television” becomes a virtual package of content, retrievable on any platform with the right chips. It’s a concept which conforms with the principles of Web 3.0, puts the consumer in the driving seat, and makes content king. It would play nicely on an Uppleva too.

Google TV Hackathon

In related news, TV hackers gathered at the Google Campus in London this weekend for the Google TV hackathon. Objective: making television amazing and creating new ways for us to engage rather than passively watch programs, The Next Web UK reports.

Google TV is not expected to be unleashed in the UK until Autumn, but this didn’t stop enthusiastic coders and developers bringing their imaginations to the format.

Some of the ideas presented included ways to bring user generated art to the TV screen and how to make drawings in a musical environment with friends. Physical music selection and libraries were approached, indie horror movies were listed and played back on their own channel and dynamic translation was also explored.