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Intel set to transform TV viewing

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel TV plan? 3D? optical interconnect?

Intel has big plans for your TV.

In a talk Sept. 24 at the Intel Developer Forum on "The Future of Television," Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner described how technology might personalize TV by adding social networking capabilities and extending viewing to 3D. Rattner demonstrated user-personalized TV and previewed Intel's new Light Peak optical interconnection technology, which promises 10Gbit/s at introduction and will push toward terabit speeds.

"TV is becoming ubiquitous; you are going to be able to watch what you want, when you want, wherever you want," Rattner said. "It will also be much more informative. We will be doing a lot of computing on the sound and images, so that information about the programming is readily accessible via the television."

Rattner predicts that computers will automatically index all programming via vision recognition algorithms that identify not only the content of a program, but even the individual people participating in each scene and what they are doing. For instance, viewers of a sporting event will be able to select a player and ask the TV directly for the athlete's stats.

"You will be able to view a highlight reel of a particular game simply by asking for itsort of a customized SportsCenter, where you don't have to wait for them to get to the game you are interested in," Rattner said.

Besides watching the programming, computers will also be watching youindexing what you watch and when you watch, and integrating that information with other known aspects of your life.

"According to your previous viewing habits, programming will be suggested for you," said Rattner. "These systems will make use of a lot more knowledge than you might think. They might be aware of your calendar, so that instead of starting you on an action movie at 11:30 at night, they might suggest a short on relaxation therapy to help you get to sleep."

The TV experience will adapt some of the social media capabilities of the Internet for TV, according to Rattner.

"Television is going to be much more social," said Rattner. "How does television evolve so that [we can participate] in the same way that we participate in Facebook, LinkedIn and the others? How do we make television a place where we can all gather around? How can we share our personal videos and pictures?"

In Intel's vision of tomorrow's TV, computers will process vast databases of personalized information in the background that can be amalgamated for social gatherings whereby people in different parts of the world could view the same content together and discuss it with one another on the spot.

"I can be in my living room, and my friends across the country or across the globe can participate in the same virtual living room, where we can chat and share these personal media experiences, like someone's latest trip," said Rattner.

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