After the rather disappointing hardware that Firefox OS came with up to now, this should give it quite a boost. Let's hope they put in some decent hardware!
Panasonic has used CES to announce that it's going to work with Mozilla to build smart TVs based on the Firefox OS. Whatever you think about smart TVs, the vendors remain utterly committed to the idea that more computing power and a user interface driven through the remote control is the future of the idiot box. To date, much …
They fail to support products after they are a year old.
That's where adopting Firefox OS might benefit consumers the most: them geeks are bound to be on Panasonic's (and other manufacturer's) heels, pestering them until they get updates pushed.
I have long thought that the most promising thing about Firefox OS is being backed by Mozilla. Rather than drown in pointless chair-shuffling (like JIL, BONDI, WAC or anything the carriers ever come up with) or let the manufacturers have their fragmenting, non-updating ways so long as they bring in users (like Google does with Android), the geeks at Mozilla are genuinely motivated to go after the manufacturers and ensure they update their devices. We have yet to see if they'll actually get them to do it, but damned if they won't try.
Having worked in a project related to a national "standard" for smart TV apps, I say hooray Panasonic.
To be fair, I think their bid to recast the TV as the control panel of the smart home is a pipe dream – not because the idea is without merit, but simply because the smart home, if it ever comes about, will be all about punters not controlling stuff. Just like smart phones are computers the user has seldom any control of, home automation solutions will only be successful if they can do without (and on occasion fight off) human attempts at (mis)directing it.
So go Panasonic go, let slip the web monkeys, and crush those reinvent-the-wheel fools under the steamroll of commoditized technology. That'll show 'em!
Turning your TV off doesn't turn it OFF, it puts it in standby mode - that wouldn't help any more than putting than suspending your laptop makes Firefox run faster. It would need to have the plug pulled for a moment to give it a real restart. If there's a menu item to "restart" the TV, you'll know to avoid buying it :)
Exactly - a very high quality, but dumb, monitor, and a discrete box which can be updated elsewhere - we can use displays wirelessly, and upgrade a cheap box as often as necessary as that side of the technology is developing rapidly, and the monitor every decade or so when there's a step change in the display technology.
But that wouldn't make as much money for the vendors which rely on in-built obsolescence to pump their bottom lines.
Feeling a bit paranoid? (that's maybe fair after the LG phone-home reports mind you)
There is no reason you can't use a 60" TV as a 60" monitor. That's what HDMI is for. Plug in the raspberry pi (or solution of your choice), ignore all the built-in stuff.
Let's face it, the 'smart' bit in a TV probably only adds a few quid to the cost of an already extremely expensive bit of kit, so the manufacturers will always do it if it's a cheap way to convince a large segment of the market that their TV is worth having. It doesn't mean you have to use it.
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