updated 06:55 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012
Samsung talks future of TVs, unveils 2012 gear
The crowded audience at the Samsung CES press event was in for a treat as the company talked about its new wares for the coming year and beyond. The theme was Pushing Boundaries and connectivity among all devices in an ecosystem of gadgets. The TV would be at the forefront of that,as it brings the family together, Samsung gathered. This includes content for connected TVs such as interactive, seemingly Wii Fit-like fitness programs, kids' programming with a on education and games and other HD content.
Samsung execs talked about the evolutionary TV concept that can be made "new" every year. What this actually means is new services and features being added with samsung showing examples such as ever faster and multiple-cored chips to power it. The chip will be removable and thus upgreadeable, powering ever-more powerful apps and enabling new functions. Dubbed Smart Evolution, the HDTVs thus equipped ship in 2013.
A set that's closer to production is the ES8000 flagship sports a dual-core CPU and integrated camera for video chats, along with 3D capability. The TV will be available in sizes up to 75 inches. The chip will allow multitasking, such as jumping between apps without closing or losing viewing progress in the original.
Smart Hub will get a number of new apps, including Angry Birds and their animations on a dedicated on-demand channel. This will be free for users to access. The camera will have integrated microphones and will allow for voice recognition and gesture control and be capable of recognizing users for custom favorites, channel guides and more.
Not to be outdone by rival LG and its similarly sized OLED HDTV unveiled a few hours earlier, Samsung showed its own 55-inch Super OLED HDTV. No detailed specs here yet, but it will get an integrated camera that faces the user, a dual-core CPU and 3D capability, along with the company's AllShare Play connectivity for getting content from portable devices.
Five new point-and-shoot cameras were also unveiled, with more details on them in a future post. The flagship WB850F, can, for example, back up images to a user's PC, e-mail images, or upload them directly and quickly to popular social networks and/or file sharing sites, including Facebook and Picasa.
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