updated 04:25 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2008
Widget Channel gear at CES
Computer chipmaker Intel announced on Monday that it will show devices at the CES show that will bring Internet-connected applications to users' TVs, according to a Monday report. The prototypes may come in the form of digital set-top boxes and will allow users to chat with friends or buy advertised products. The gadgets will work in conjunction with the previously announced Widget Channel software Intel is developing together with Yahoo.
According to Intel's specialist in user interfaces Genevieve Bell, Widget Channel will offer more than "just leisure and entertainment and television." Bell stresses the inherent ease of use of TVs needs to transfer over to the Internet-on-TV experience as well in order for it to succeed. As such, it's not likely a full browser will be part of the package, with Intel brining popular features such as social networking and chat programs instead.