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Industrial designers turn their attentions toward internet and 3D TVs

on Tuesday,January 05,2010 22:01

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Industrial designers are often tasked with improving the capabilities of existing products to make them more marketable to a mass audience - and the designers working for Panasonic and LG Electronics seem to be taking their jobs seriously.

In the first of many expected television breakthroughs to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the two TV manufacturers have announced plans to integrate the free online calling service Skype on their internet-ready, high definition televisions.

Analysts are predicting that internet connectivity will be the next step in television technology.

"This is the year when internet-connected TVs will start to take off, and there is no doubt that soon every TV that ships will have built in Wi-Fi, webcams and microphones," Jonathan Rosenberg, chief technology strategist of Skype, tells the New York Times. "This is our first step."

Also expected to make waves during the annual electronics show are the first wave of 3D televisions from industry leaders like Sony, Panasonic and JVC. The new televisions have been shrouded in secrecy over the past several months and many industry professionals are highly anticipating their first 3D TV experience.

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