Samsung Bets Big on Smarter TVs
Is it possible smart TVs could become smarter? Samsung thinks so.
The electronics giant showed its vision of the future for smart TVs, which includes what it calls "future proof" technology to head off obsolescence.
Samsung's 2012 line of smart TVs will include a built-in HD camera and dual microphones to support voice, motion and face recognition. A video demo showed off how it performs a voice search powered by Bing.
Samsung will also introduce its Media Hub to Smart TVs for on-demand movies and television shows, as well as bring the hit mobile game Angry Birds to its TV sets.
But perhaps the most fascinating is what Samsung calls Smart Evolution. Instead of upgrading to a new TV when your current set is outdated, Samsung Smart TVs will add a slot on the back for "Evolution Kits." These kits allow owners to make quick TV upgrades.
Intel Unleashes Ultrabooks at CES
Prepare for an invasion of the ultrabooks.
Intel revealed that more than 75 ultrabook designs are in the works for 2012. Companies such as Acer, HP, Samsung and Toshiba have already jumped into the ultrabook business. The devices sport a super-thin body less than an inch thick.
But the most intriguing feature is the addition of touch and voice controls to future ultrabooks.
For that, Intel announced a partnership with Nuance to bring voice-based controls...