Samsung Demos Bridge Between TV And The Web
According to Richard Lawler of Engadget, Samsung is getting a lot closer to the point where the Internet and TV are to become far more integrated. It is doing so through software burrowed inside a device the company is calling See’N’Search.
The new See’N’Search is a set-top box that reads the closed captions on a television show, as well as listens for keywords, to search for related Internet articles to the content you are currently watching. Say you’re watching the news and they do a story about Bill Gates, links to information on Bill Gates will appear at the bottom of the screen. For programs such as scripted shows, the system will pull up information on the actors as well as whatever they are discussing in the show.
Furthermore, while it may be annoying to have information covering the bottom portion of your screen, you can instead choose to have any requested info show up on handheld devices or a computer connected to the local network.
As with most new technologies, this will probably be the tip of the iceberg of what functionalities they will come up with down the road. It’s a bit hard to imagine that this solution can offer truly in-depth information. People who eat and breath the Internet will find search results lacking in great quality. But it will be good for casual users of the Web. For someone non-Net-savvy, a basic, interface handed via a remote control could be a sufficient expansion in the power of traditional television.
While we are probably still a ways off from full TV/Internet integration, this is a good first step in that direction, and makes one hopeful of what may just be a few years away.
A video demonstration of Samsung’s See’N’Search technology can be found here.
What do you think….?