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I am not the target audience for Panasonic’s Live Content Aggregator TV. Firstly, the facial recognition tvand push content (as opposed to pull content) creeps me out. How does it work? The living room flat screen tv monitor holds up to six profiles of the household. The tv is able to identify each profile by voice and facial recognition. The tv adapts by displaying the individual’s profile on the large screen. This shows browser history in a magazine format. This is too public for my lifestyle as I move frequently for journalism assignments and do not know my housemates well. Also I’d rather not see the tv browsing history of housemates if they forget to log out. Some things are better as a mystery so that cereal-eating in the common kitchen won’t be weird.
Also though I asked twice, the Panasonic rep was unwilling to explain how its menu serves up the top 100 results for entertainment topics. When asked about steering and content channel partners he declined to comment. In other words, I might receive sets of biased play-by-play analysis by featured football commentary. These would be displayed as most popular results. But according to whom? Panasonic’s official statement is that the content customizes according to customer clicks. This, however, does not explain the selection process for the original set of 100 choices.
To be fair, the use of Eye-Lock (iris-scanning), facial recognition and voice control has 3 upsides. Instead of reaching for a clicker when an under 5-year-old toddles into a Walking Dead watching party in the living room, the tv might switch to Charlie & Lola. Also if you are in physical therapy for six weeks after a bike or cycling accident, you can operate your tv by voice control or by your wincing face. Manual override settings are likely to available so that auto-displays are restricted by password authorizations. Expect legislation such as human rights amendments to include privacy to catch up to tech. Also products such as voice and facial recognition scrambling apps and iris-scanning-protecting contacts are likely to come next. Cool, huh?
I would have been more comfortable if Panasonic’s rep answered like Roku TV’s representative, at CES 2014,by stating that subscribers are signing onto a suite of set channel partners that have agreements with both Roku and The Creative Life (TCL) tv manufacturer. As a consultant Taxonomy Editor and SEM specialist I know that content aggregation is a big business with incentive to be opaque. Need an example to clarify the problem? Imagine if a library (non-branded) database streamed only sponsored content, would your research results be of quality and by the scientific method standards?
Your high school English Teacher and librarian are likely to be right: use critical thinking to recognize the bias of every publication or in this case content provider. Being objective makes you a better-informed SmartyFella or SmartyGirl. Just as I read the pro-Seattle Seahawks sports commentary to know area of improvements for my beloved Niners.
As a bicyclist commuter and a petite photojournalist, there are 5 specifications that I seek in a piece of ultra-light travel gear:
2. Streamlined compartments
3. Secure pockets for no-drop tech gadgets
4. Dress-code aligned
5. Accommodates for curvy body types
Back-sweat as a bicyclist causes me to choose moisture-wicking layers for clothing. Therefore, close-body travel solutions need #1 to market to me.
In contrast, I griped about Amphipod’s waist-wallet for my beach and trail 5Ks in 2010-2012 for this reason. Though it met #2 and #3 of my specs, I could only wear the gear-holder above my pubic bone, inside or outside the waistband of my underwear-sewn-in running shorts, and not across my bosom #5. Embarrassing.
I could wear it on the outside of my clothing but during a trail run or mud obstacle course, it would sneak under my tech shirt and chafe my tummy. My old solution for race day also did not dry out nor was it washing-machine friendly. I sprayed foot deodorant on it and dried it in the sun to deal with moisture. Yuck.
So far, after 6 days of road-testing the Runnur hands-free carry all it has remained dry to the touch even after 4 hour bike rides on my Teal Tornado. Any seatbelt-like chafing at the neck? None. Any chesty-gal mishaps wearing the bandolier-style carry all? Nope. Not even when going through TSA security checks at the SFO, LAS, and LGB airports for the CES 2014 press event. Since filled water bottles aren’t allowed through security, the Runnur carry-all mesh pockets can be used store your air-travel socks.
Is the Runnur suitable for your work place culture, at least from the walk through the lobby to the office arcade and engineers’ elysium? You decide, based on your corporate digs. Visit again, next Thursday for input from two other SGL Media product reviewers for wearable tech.