Panasonic Thinks People Want to Add Widgets to Their TVs

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Panasonic thinks that you want to personalize your TV with a home screen populated with widgets. They also think that you want to draw on the TV using a gigantic pen. Seriously.

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Their 2013 smart TVs will allow users to add tiles with channels, calendars, internet pages and channels—like a dedicated YouTube tile that connects your phone to your TV—and whatever apps are available to your smart! television's home screen.

After you customize your channel, the new Panasonic TVs will recognize users using a built-in camera, switching the home screen depending on whoever is watching it (they didn't say what will happen when many people are watching). People will be able to control their TV talking into a franken-micro-remote, which seems like a gadget designed for a 1945 sci-fi B-Movie. Look at it:

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Another feature of the new TVs is the connectivity with tablets and smartphones. It allows you to send images to your TV, which could be annotated using a giant pen. Once you are happy with whatever moustaches you paint on people's faces, you can send the annotated image back to any phone or tablet connected to the TV.

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Hooookay, Panasonic. WHATEVS! Some of your new TVs are really gorgeous for sure, but I don't think people want to do any of this crap with their TVs.

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thunderbuck
Free Market Party Company

I guess this is all about flexibility. As in: the ability to get whatever content you want on whichever screen you want. I don't think this is a bad thing, but at this point I haven't been at all impressed by the kind of connectivity offered by either TVs or home theatre systems.

Here's what I'D like: a good, big "monitor style" TV. It wouldn't need a sound system, it wouldn't need a tuner. Not even lots of HDMI inputs (though at least one). Attached to that: a kick-ass receiver that can route content through the TV. Maybe play music while running a slide show. Oh, and it would have to incorporate the PVR and tuner from my cable company (or at least be able to talk to it and control it).