These days we often see advertisements on television that offers a new product called Smart TV. Many also said that if in 2013 this will be the year of this technology. Now the question is what is Smart TV?
Actually, this television product is a television concept that has existed since almost 20 years ago. One of the patents relating to this product has been noted that since 1994 there is a new walaupu heralded in recent years.
Although there is no definite answer to define, but in general, this product is a concept merging the Internet with television technology and have a lot of microchip. With so then the television will have the same features as the computer. Features contained in it vary depending on the manufacturer. But in general, this product has the features below:
Video Playback Via DLNA / USB. This feature is a basic feature that allows users to play videos directly from USB or DLNA. At the present time most were able to play various types of video and not fixated on AVI format only.
Applications & Games. The next feature of course applications and games. It certainly has a lot to see in ads that usually offer Angry Birds game that can be played on television. In addition this product can also be used to stream BBC iPlayer, Netflix, and YouTube.
PVR / DVR Functionality. Another feature is a feature to record television shows directly without the need for additional devices.
Gesture and Voice Control. A traditional remote you normally may not be used anymore. Because the product uses a device that lets you give the commands to the TV using voice or gesture.
Social Networking. Because many people can not be separated from social media, then this product can also be used to access social media. In addition this product can also be used for video conferencing via Skype.
Smartphone Connectivity. You can connect your smartphone for different purposes such as playing videos and more.
Several major companies have announced televisions will make this product, some vigorous in making it are Samsung and LG. In addition, several other leading manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic and Sharp are also ready to enter into the competition this technology.
Should buy a Smart TV?
Before answering this question, let us first examine various things behind this product. In general, this type of television is a TV that is made to resemble a computer. Unfortunately, you can not do an upgrade like computers. In addition, manufacturers also will provide updates as well as periodic updates to computers and smartphones. But maybe you’ll be a little helpful if this product has an app store that will always do an update of your application.
So is it necessary to buy it? The answer depends on your needs. If you already have a computer, Apple TV, Xbox, iPad, and various other advanced devices, then it seems you do not need this product because it offers a variety of features that have become available in these devices. But if you do not have a computer and devices; or maybe you’ve come out of meditation for 10 years in a cave, then maybe you will need this device.
Therefore, before buying this product then you should consider what are the features that roughly you will use from the device. If it turns out you need these features then you deserve to buy it. But if you do not need these features, then you are better advised to buy a regular TV which is much cheaper.