AC­TIVE TV

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - BIT RATE -

For long the TV viewer has been the stereo­type of in­ac­tiv­ity, the de­ri­sively dis­missed “couch potato”. Now he looks set to go places. That is if the things that the boffins at Cu­per­tino and Red­mond have con­ceived of be­come re­al­ity. Ap­ple is be­lieved to be work­ing on a tele­vi­sion set for re­lease later this year. And when Ap­ple does things, it shakes things out of the sofa. So you could well have a TV set that re­sponds to your iphone, ipad or even your voice. Which shouldn’t scare the guys at Mi­crosoft, for they are also re­ported to be fi­nal­is­ing the in­te­gra­tion of the Kinect mo­tion-gamer with tele­vi­sion. The Xbox con­sole will be­come the hub of your en­ter­tain­ment (it al­ready has ser­vices like ESPN, cable and satel­lite pro­gram­ming on Xbox Live). And with Kinect for Win­dows likely to sup­port a “seated 10-joint skele­tal track­ing sys­tem”, you can imag­ine the uses it could be put to for the TV viewer.

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