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Samsung Launches Smart TVs With Gestures, Voice Control

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Samsung has launched 36 new LED TV as well as 13 LED models, in addition to five new Blu-ray players and three new home theater sound systems.

Among those new TVs are 10 that ship with gesture and voice control capability.

A Kinect-like feature is made possible via camera and microphone integration that comes standard with the LED ES7500, LED ES8000 and Plasma E8000 models. According to Samsung, consumers can launch apps such as Facebook or YouTube, or search the web via voice commands. Waving the hand will move the cursor and select links. The TVs integrate a Samsung dual-core processor as well as a new Webkit-based web browser to improve overall performance. The high-end 7500 and 8000 TVs ship with a remote with an integrated touchscreen. A wireless keyboard that is compatible with Samsung's TVs as well as the Galaxy Tab tablet is sold as an option.

It is interesting to note that Samsung has put a lot of extra work into these TVs, besides the obvious feature of simply enabling apps. There are several exclusive apps such as "Family Story" that enables families to create a small network to share content such as pictures, "Fitness" that helps users manage weight goals, and "Kids" that provides infotainment and games in a "kid-friendly" interface.

Samsung Smart TV

The ES7500 model will be priced from $2600, $2930 and $3380 for the 46, 50 and the 55-inch models and ship this month. The ES8000 will cost from $3750 and $4400 for the 55 and 60-inch model and will also hit retail this month. The flagship 65-inch version of the ES8000 will be priced at $5100 and has no launch date yet. The E8000 plasma TVs come in 51, 60 and 64-inch sizes for $2200, $3080 and $3950.

The video demo from Samsung is a little over-enthusiastic, but it does get the point across that this isn't just a regular TV.

Samsung Smart TV Sports

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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 8, 2012 1:26 PM
    Beat Apple to it, I guess :D 

    Just don't turn into the thing you're hunting, Samsung, and it'll be fine.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 8, 2012 1:26 PM
    Beat Apple to it, I guess :D 

    Just don't turn into the thing you're hunting, Samsung, and it'll be fine.
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    gokanis , March 8, 2012 1:26 PM
    Great, now my television can monitor what I do.... no thanks. I will know it is doomsday when it starts singing daisy.
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    del35 , March 8, 2012 1:31 PM
    3 years ago I was of the impression that tv would go the way of oxcarts.
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    house70 , March 8, 2012 2:00 PM
    So, the best way to annoy the people in the same room is to wave your hand at the screen? Keep changing icons/apps, even channels?
    I prefer using a good old remote; if the gesture-based tech is only applied in the apps interface, then it should not be too intrusive, otherwise you end up with a mess.
    Best thing about these TVs is the thin bezel; overall the design is just great.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 8, 2012 2:09 PM
    house70So, the best way to annoy the people in the same room is to wave your hand at the screen? Keep changing icons/apps, even channels? I prefer using a good old remote; if the gesture-based tech is only applied in the apps interface, then it should not be too intrusive, otherwise you end up with a mess. Best thing about these TVs is the thin bezel; overall the design is just great.


    I have a universal remote in my mp3 player, so your argument about annoying is invalid... you can install similar software on almost any IrDA-enabled device.
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    vertigo_2000 , March 8, 2012 2:31 PM
    del353 years ago I was of the impression that tv would go the way of oxcarts.

    They probably would have if the TV manufacturers didn't have the foresight to realize that they would either need to adapt or become extinct. TV's have come a long way in the last 10 years.

    I just hope that dual core processor is adequate. I have an LG 55LW5700 with some "Smart" apps and they all run like molasses up hill. Next to useless IMO.
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    COLGeek , March 8, 2012 2:35 PM
    Sounds like a "big" Samsung Galaxy Note. It should be great!
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    burnley14 , March 8, 2012 2:37 PM
    Gah! How do they not get it? I don't want all this superfluous crap on my TV, I just want it to be bigger, thinner, cheaper, use less power, and higher resolution. Don't throw all these extra "features" in that nobody is going to use after owning it for two weeks. They're all gimmicks.
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    TeraMedia , March 8, 2012 2:41 PM
    Definitely not the right TV for a sports bar...

    I still wish the designers would learn to allow for customized names for these things. I'd get so tired of saying, "Hi TV" to make it listen to commands. Nevermind what happens when you have 3 similar devices in the same room...
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    frank_drebin , March 8, 2012 3:01 PM
    The dude doesn't know what lemur is. Awkward ...
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    bhaberle , March 8, 2012 3:02 PM
    burnley14Gah! How do they not get it? I don't want all this superfluous crap on my TV, I just want it to be bigger, thinner, cheaper, use less power, and higher resolution. Don't throw all these extra "features" in that nobody is going to use after owning it for two weeks. They're all gimmicks.


    That is why there are different models in their lineup. This is their high end models =]

    What I really wouldve liked to of seen would be 5k resolution. that would've sold me at that price
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    AIstudio , March 8, 2012 3:14 PM
    I dread to think what sort of gesture you would have to make to put on RedTube, babestation or something similar .... 8--
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    dakota75 , March 8, 2012 4:27 PM
    It would be better for them to address their existing shortcomings than invest in this sort of gimmick. I have a D7000 which is a great TV but some basic features are missing. For example you can save multiple favourite lists but not sort them. I wanted to create a favourites list that was BBC1 HD, BBC2, ITV1 HD … Surprisingly it can't be done. You can only store favourites in the order the channels are numbered. So since the HD channels have higher numbers than BBC2 and C5 the order is all wrong. Is that too much to ask for ?
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    captaincharisma , March 8, 2012 6:32 PM
    i think LG has this too. i remeber seening LG remotes that looks like a wiimote
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    ap3x , March 9, 2012 12:02 AM
    Good for Samsung. I am glad they put this out. I just hope that it does not require that I am 4-5 feet from the TV at all times for it to work.
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    jkflipflop98 , March 9, 2012 11:40 AM
    LOL @ trogolydites struggling in a new world where you don't have your control schemes laid out in two dimensional grid coordinates.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2012 7:11 AM
    I just read at http://www.talktechnews.co.uk/2012/03/12/samsung-ue55es8000-review/ that the voice and gesture is not very good. Does anyone know if this is true?
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