Emperor’s New Clothes

So speaking in terms of trends in regards to television, the CES 2012 has shown that motion, voice, and face recognition are the “new” things to look for in a “smart” TV. On top of Samsung, Microsoft, LG all sharing similar views, good ole’ Apple TV rumors play in with their own “Siri + touch accessory” accommodations.

Look there’s no doubt that motion, voice, face recognition, and touch are all going to play a role in Smart TV. But their role is to provide a supporting ecosystem, not act as main functionalities. Because like I explained in “the Secondary Products,” they all fail at a fundamental level as a “main,” all-in-one input device/method, which is the missing piece in solving the Smart TV puzzle.

Now, what I can’t figure out is if these companies are just showing off the obvious and getting consumers excited about future potential, or if these companies actually think that motion, voice, face recognition, and touch are the answers to the initial Smart TV success. The way the media is spinning it, it seems like the latter.

Here’s my bold, but not too far off, fable-metaphor: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen.

SO~ In the words of Wikipedia:

The story is about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

The Emperor is the Smart TV, the weavers represent the companies, the ‘invisible’ clothes represent new technologies (motion, voice, touch, face recognition), and the subjects are the media. Going a little deeper into the story than two sentences, the subjects (before the pure and innocent child comes to reveal the truth) can’t help to go along with the Emperor, even when confused with what they see. The media can do wonders, but it can also lead to fatal misinterpretation. The “weavers” have come this far by showing their share of successes. But leave it to the child that doesn’t feel obligated by the media, to see the situation for what it is.

We are in dire need for this child, pure and innocent, to cry out and save us from this confusion. But the child’s voice is not enough. The child can laugh, point, and cry all he/she wants, it will bring us to realization that these technologies are not the answer we are looking for, however, we still need an answer! And until that time, all we’re left with are these “invisible clothes” we just can’t grasp our minds around.


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