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Monday, December 23, 2013
2014 Samsung Smart TVs To Offer Enhanced Voice And Gesture Interaction
Samsung's 2014 smart TV lineup will feature interface improvements including better finger gesture and voice controls.
Samsung's voice interaction service, which understands natural languages, is currently available in 11 countries. Samsung says that in 2014, the service will expand into 12 new markets, making the service available in a total of 23 countries worldwide. Samsung has also made the service more convenient by focusing on the most frequently-used functions and taking into consideration user's usage patterns.
"Samsung's 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively," said Kyungshik Lee, Senior Vice President of the Service Strategy Team of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to develop content that integrates voice and motion recognition for added convenience."
With the 2014 Smart TV, finding content will be easier. Users will be able to change the channel in one step - by simply saying the channel number. In addition, they will open a website or app using shortcuts. For reference, 2013 models require two steps to change TV channels: 'Channel Change' and 'Channel Number'
The voice search feature will be also more convenient to use, letting users find all content results in one place.
Further, when a consumer uses voice interaction to search for daily living information such as weather, stocks and sports while watching TV, a pop-up window appears on the bottom of the page with search results. Consumers will be able to move to the app and see the details by clicking the pop-up.
Along with voice interaction, the motion control has been improved by adding the 'finger gesture' feature of the 2014 Smart TVs. Users will be able to change the TV channel, adjust the volume, find and select what they want to watch just by using their fingers. They will also go back to the previous screen and stop the video by motioning their finger counterclockwise.
Samsung's 2014 Smart TV models will be showcased at Samsung's booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES 2014.