Google TV - Automated Social Web Integration With Television


Via ZDNet, comes news that Google Research recently won a best paper award for their Social and Interactive Television Applications Based on Real-Time Ambient Audio Identification (PDF) research paper.

We showed how to sample the ambient sound emitted from a TV and automatically determine what is being watched from a small signature of the sound -- all with complete privacy and minuscule effort. The system could keep up with users while they channel surf, presenting them with a real-time forum about a live political debate one minute and an ad-hoc chat room for a sporting event in the next. And, all of this would be done without users ever having to type or to even know the name of the program or channel being viewed. Taking this further, we could collect snippets from the web describing the actors appearing in a movie or present maps of locales within the movie as it takes place (no matter if users are watching it as a live broadcast or as a recoded broadcast).

Is Google a media company? Naw. ;)


all with complete

all with complete privacy


Google is a media index

Google is a media index comapny!

"sample the ambient sound emitted from a TV"

The implications are frightening!

> sound emitted from a TV Is

> sound emitted from a TV

Is there ::cough:: a microphone somewhere?

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