Panasonic Corp demonstrated the concept of a next-generation Internet TV at Ceatec Japan 2010, a trade show that runs from Oct 5 to 9, 2010, in Japan.
The company defined it not as a TV for watching TV programs but as a large-size multifunctional display that integrates the Internet and real-world information collected by sensors. By showing promotional video, it had the demonstration under four themes: "entertainment," "lifestyle support," "relief and safety" and "ecology."
In the demonstration of "entertainment," a TV program was paused by making a gesture when a viewer found an interesting scene (in this case, an image of the Taj Mahal). Then, based on the information embedded in the TV program, the TV showed information on the Taj Mahal and travels to the northern India in addition to the information on the tours to the Taj Mahal offered by travel agencies.
When the viewer was watching a sport in 3D, he chose friends living in remote areas to watch it together and exchanged messages while watching it. When he was watching a quiz show, he posted answers from the living room and sent his image by using the camera attached to the TV to display it on the screen as if he was on the show. Also, the TV was used as a photo viewer by using pictures of his family members.
In the demonstration of "lifestyle support," the TV was used for Internet shopping using 3D images. A viewer displayed and rotated a 3D real-size image of a bag. She used the "concierge function" to show accessories that suit with selected clothes and put them on a 3D image of her. Also, she changed the background to a tree-lined street, etc to check if the clothes look good in real situations.
Furthermore, in the demonstration of a "flea market," a viewer negotiated with a person willing to sell a guitar via the camera. In the demonstration of "health management," the TV was connected to a cloud network for keeping track of the amount of exercise, the amount of calories consumed, the percentage of body fat, etc. And it displayed graphs and advices from a trainer.
Relief and safety, ecology
In the demonstration of "relief and safety," Panasonic showed the "home security" function, which shows images from security cameras on the TV, and a function to monitor children by using outdoor cameras. And, in the demonstration of "ecology," the company showed a function to manage energy consumption in a house and the timers of home appliances in addition to a function to manage electricity generated by photovoltaic systems.