THE next time you drop off in front of the TV, someone – or rather something – could be watching you! And all in the name of saving energy. The electronic giant, Sony, recently unveiled a new product in its Bravia range of TVs, which features facial recognition technology similar to that found in its most advanced cameras.
As a result, the TV is able to ‘watch’ you and switch itself off if you fall asleep in front of Paxo grilling yet another hapless politician on Newsnight.
Additionally, the Bravia WE5 not only features a heat and motion sensor that similarly permits the system to switch off the set if it’s been left on in an empty room but also an ambient light sensor that reduces the output from the TV’s backlight depending on the brightness of the room.
Now, some will say that such products are quite literally unnecessary. That all energy savings will be more than wiped out by the energy required to produce and transport yet another load of electronic devices which people don’t need but yet many will buy because of their ridiculous desire to update constantly to the latest bit of fancy kit.
And that we should stop this mad purchase of futile, luxury products for, unless your current one totally breaks down, you don’t need a new TV, do you? No, I didn’t think so. (Not until, that is, they can produce one that automatically switches channels whenever Simon Cowell comes on brandishing that stick-on smile.)
But isn’t the clincher surely that so many of us get the best out of our TV fast asleep? The constant drone of F1 – or even better super bikes – ensures we get a good two hours’ uninterrupted peace.
After all, such a device would surely remove the joy of dozing through 90 per cent of a Grand Prix on Sunday afternoons, whilst snooker or golf on in the background when suffering from a raging hangover has got to be one of the best cures known to man.
I’m told that, in the olden days, a white dot used to appear on your TV screen, then a high pitch whistling sound followed which seared through your brain until you accepted there would be no more programming and so you went to bed. It was better in those days. Now it’s simply called an ‘off’ button. I find it works rather well.
And, after exhaustive, more comprehensive research than that done by any company, 90 per cent of people (nine out of the ten I happened to bump into today) agree.
Nora Johnson’s novel, The De Clerambault Code (www.nora-johnson.com) available at Amazon. Profits to Cudeca