CES 2012: Samsung adds TV voice and motion control

By Cory Bergman 

Samsung took the wraps off “Smart Interaction,” a new feature for its next-generation TVs that allows voice and motion control — even facial recognition. This is the second TV manufacturer to announce voice control at CES (see our earlier story on Lenovo). Samsung explains:

For example, users can turn the TV on or off, activate selected apps or search for content in the web browser simply by speaking in any of the 20 to 30 languages that are supported by the technology. With a wave of their hand, they can browse and choose a link or content via the web browser. The built-in camera recognizes movement in the foreground and two unidirectional array microphones recognize voice at an incredibly accurate rate. Noise cancellation technology helps separate any background noise from the users’ commands.

Also, the new Samsung TVs feature a redesigned “Smart Hub” screen (above), tabbed web browsing and a new dual-core processor to enable multitasking, so apps no longer need to be exited and relaunched.

Samsung also claims it has “future proofed” its new TVs. “Thanks to its proprietary system-on-chip technology, Samsung is the only company that can deliver an evolving TV that allows you to easily enjoy the benefits of the latest TV technology year after year without purchasing a brand new set,” the press release says.