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[CES 2010] Sony Distance Alert Tells You To Step Off

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By Evan Ackerman

I don’t have a big screen TV, but I can pretend that I do by sitting just inches from the screen. Sony is having none of that, though, with their Distance Alert system, which uses a small camera to measure your distance from the TV screen. If you get closer than about a meter to the TV, a message pops up advising you to back away, and it won’t restore the picture until you do.

The same technology is used for a couple other things, too… Since the TV knows where you (and any other people in the room) are, it can optimize its sound and light output so that if you’re all sitting off to one side, everything still looks and sounds balanced. Also, if the TV doesn’t see anyone in the room, it shuts its backlight off and will turn itself off completely after 30 minutes to save power. Neat tricks, but since the little camera is hardware integrated, Sony is currently only planning to release one model with these features so far this year, and it’s going to be (to quote the Sony rep) “expensive.”







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  • franco1975

    Even my Tv will be bossing me around. :(

  • http://ribarambles.org Lis Riba

    Clearly invented by someone who never had pets.

  • Jessicat

    This scares me… What stops people from hacking into the tv and using the camera to spy on you… *pulls tin foil hat down tighter* lol

  • Jessicat

    This scares me… What stops people from hacking into the tv and using the camera to spy on you… *pulls tin foil hat down tighter* lol