Yep. If you’re not paranoid enough already, the new generation of HDTV’s will be equipped with the latest spygear, er, uh, consumer conveniences.
From Gary Merson of MSNBC’s Technolog:
Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.
While Web cameras and Internet connectivity are not new to HDTVs, their complete integration is, and it’s the always connected camera and microphones, combined with the option of third-party apps (not to mention Samsung’s own software) gives us cause for concern regarding the privacy of TV buyers and their friends and families.
So let’s see if we’ve got this right.
The next generation of TV’s will be like Santa Claus. the guy who knows if you’ve been sleeping, if you’ve been bad or good . . .you get the idea.
Given that the government is refusing to tell the citizenry how it’s already spying of us in this increasing interconnected world, you can rest assured they’ll be making use of all this wonderful new hardware.
Plus, cable companies can use the stuff to catch those bathroom breaks we wrote about earlier today, and charge us for leave during commercial breaks. Plus, with that face-tracking feature, they can dock us each time we divert our gaze from the latest Preparation H ad. But they needn’t worry about that, since their increasingly intrusive products are getting to be such a pain in the ass that we’ll all be using the stuff.
And just think. Earlier today we were only worried about their dinging us a dime each time we used the remote control.