Nobody confesses: We (my husband and I) are among the last people on the block to own an HD TV flat screen, and I should know, because every night as I walked the dogs around the block, I peer into all the living room windows, and have yet to see anything BUT flat screens. While I long for the days when the airwaves were free…I still haven’t gotten into the “I simply MUST have a flat screen. ” state of mind. My reasoning has always been, with music, books, or TV…it’s the content that matters the most. I don’t think American Idol is going to impress me that much more in HD than in the old-fashioned Zenith that’s in my work room.
But…today, this was in the news:
That’s exactly what Verizon is proposing in a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application describes a system that uses infrared cameras and microphones to watch what people are doing in front of a TV. If two people are cuddling on a couch watching TV, the system might show them a commercial for a romantic vacation, flowers, and yes, even condoms, according to the application. The system could even figure out what pets are in the room and start showing dog food commercials or flea treatment ads.
The problem with traditional TV advertising is that it can’t account for what users are doing, the patent says. This limits the effectiveness of the ads.
Really. What a reason to argue for a patent…you can’t see the person. What benefit does that have for society?
But, if you watch the video, it seems Samsung is already watching people have sex, scarf down old pizza, burp, snore, you name it. All in the name of “better advertising.”
I’m glad I searched for this, because just last week, we went into Best Buy to look at flat screens,…and we found one.. a 40″ HD LG TV for only $270.00.
“Hey, that’s not a bad price…should we? We could put it in the kitchen.” I said…looking for further discussion. NO…I was looking for mainly some feedback, which with a x-navy seal–discussions are not usually optimal. Even though I never seem to learn that and it hasn’t stopped me yet from thinking out loud.
He picked up the box and dragged it to the counter.
The salesman said, “Well, do you have the right connectors? Do you have a power strip? Screen Cleaner? I have a special right now on all this.” and he went over to a display and sure enough, for ONLY $150 you too could get the things you need to hook up your new HD flat screen TV.
I thought all I needed to do was plug it in….so right away I was going…”I don’t NEED a screen cleaner, I have a dustrag…and don’t they have power strips less than $100? When did a power strip cost $100?”
And they call this progress? What? Did Al Gore creep into the HD TV business?
By the time the guy added up all the extra stuff we needed to take care of our big sale, it came out to $445. My husband said…”No thanks” and walked off. I was left there staying at the guy..
“Hey, I TRIED to get you to throw out the screen cleaner, but you persisted!”
So now, I know I will never buy a Samsung…(do watch the video to find out why) but something tells me that in less than five months, every single flat screen sold will have face recognition, and the government will be collecting every single image of you watching your TV.
And then…when we are all too fat to get out of bed…1984.
You TV will start talking to you, saying your name…telling you… “Bob…do NOT eat that cupcake. You will be docked twenty dollars from your paycheck.”
Or a sweet female voice will say…”More foreplay would be nice”
Or a man’s voice will says…”If you were thinner, he would be more amorous.”
Or..”You are falling asleep at work, you’re productivity is down, GOODNIGHT.”
AND…you can’t turn it off….Nope….and you watch, Nobody will care about this massive invasion of privacy becauase all the people that DO care, you will never, ever, ever, see them on your TV.
So someday all the good loving freedom people like me, will just stop watching it. And that’s when my computer will report to Samsung…