Two years ago Google announced plans to build android based televisions. It may have just seemed like another cog in the multinational corporation’s perceived quest for global domination for many onlookers. However, it offered a more profound indication; one concerning significant technological progression. Along with Sony and many others, Google had seen the potential in a growing trend. The connection between our televisions and the worldwide web is one that has yet been fully exploited. It will however, soon change our lives dramatically.
A Different Tele Experience
The most obvious changes the connection between the internet and televisions will bring forth are in the amount programs we’ll have ready access to watch. TV dongles – many of which come in the form of HDMI sticks – allow users to stream a plethora television channels and dip into a pool of live and readily available entertainment.
A Revolution in Advertising
Some five years ago Google announced ambitions to completely change the nature of TV ads. The logical idea was to transform TV advertising into a similar model to that which is existent online. By cutting down the number of ads, while increasing their relevancy, it was believed that such plans would generate more money and reach more people.
It may seem bizarre but android TV boxes won’t ever fully take off without a Pay-Per-Click advertising system or at least some other type more adaptable to the internet than the current TV ad system.
Social Media Televisions
Advancements in the connection between the internet and television will consequently bring social media to our TVs. We’ll thus be able to interact with friends via Facebook, Skype, Twitter and the like while watching different television programs.
British manufacturer Visopix have already introduced a social TV box with Android 4, designed to turn your TV into a social media connected smartphone type device. By also offering a mouse and keyboard, they’ve followed Google, Sony and Toshiba, in moving towards transforming televisions into computers.
Tip of the Iceberg
Despite such great strides, we’ve really only seen the tip of the iceberg in regards to what the connection between television and the internet can bring forth. Television as we know it, looks set to change emphatically, with the next decade promising to at least bring forth revolutions in advertising, social interaction and program viewing. Our televisions are now capable of connecting to the internet. The effects of this will be startling.
Marcus Davies is a freelance British writer with a zeal for technology.