View Full Version : Tech Companies are Developing TVís that Watch You

12-14-2012, 02:41 AM
I couldn't believe this when I read this and thought I should share this with everyone.

The new generation of HDTVís and cable receivers sold to the public contain features that are not very publicized by tech companies: Cameras, mics and sensors that have the ability of recording everything that is happening in the living room. Not unlike the telescreens in George Orwellís novel 1984, TVís will soon be able to watch and even thoroughly analyze everyone present in the devicesí vicinity.

The cable company Verizon has recently filed a patent for a system that contain audio and video sensors coupled with facial and profile recognition software. That would allow the company to obtain information such as the number people in the room, their sex, their race, what they are doing and even what they are consuming while watching TV. The goal of such a system is to broadcast ďtargeted advertisingĒ but crossing the line to outright spying on people is only footstep away. Hereís an article on Verizonís patent.

Tech Companies are Developing TV's that Watch You - The Vigilant Citizen - The Vigilant Citizen (http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/tech-companies-are-developping-tvs-that-watch-you/)

12-14-2012, 03:04 AM
Sean, I have to laugh at that bill of bull! I believe they will come with this but I would never accept or use any service like it. It is just like cookies on a computer being tracked via the internet. It is hard to stop it and have any descent web surfing available and of course all this stuff falls under the Patriot Act and NSA with wire tapping. The government will love it.

We have been talking about this for years, that cable boxes were already set up for it. I originally read about it back in the 80's in Popular Science or something. It is strange they are applying for the patent not. It must be the method of how it will work.

People who can't live without their cable and satellite will not have a much choice once this type of thing is enacted, which probably won't take long the way things are progressing nowadays.

Thanks for sharing. I like to keep up on some of this stuff, especially the technology side of things. I'll pass it on...

12-14-2012, 09:04 PM
I just read about how the new Samsung LED 3D TV's can be hacked to enable the hacker to watch or spy on the TV viewer. This is already being done. This will probably create a new market for some kind of system one can use to act as a firewall for your flat screen television.