For a greater part of the 20th century, Television redefined connectivity and was arguably the greatest tool for Social Participation and access to information. Since the turn of the century however, the place of television has been challenged by the emergency of a number of mobile and stationary gadgets.
At the height of its relevance, television broke barriers and was an instrumental tool for social justice, Human Rights and inclusion. For three entire generations television was the primary tool of access to information earning its place at the centre of focus in every home. The emergency of the internet coupled with computing and mobile telephony has however forced television to reinvent itself as broadcasting which was once the primary source of content is challenged by an explosion of channels, platforms and mediums.
Leveraging on the internet and Harnessing Innovation, television has evolved from a docile display system to an interactive and multifunctional device. To the first two generations of television viewers, it has become a complex device that requires a degree of technological literacy. This evolution coupled with the biological effects of age now threaten to lock out two entire generations of views from the access to information, entertainment and social participation.
The vagaries of age ranging from failing vision, hearing and mobility could limit access for millions of older people across the globe. To remedy this, Electronics manufacturer LG has introduced enhanced visual and audio features to enable older generations access television. The features run under the WebOS Smart Tv system include Magic Zoom and clear voice intuitively built into its television sets.
“If you are visually impaired or have low vision, LGE products can help you control your device by reading your screen. And you can use the remote controller and the zoom-up function in the device to make your easier-to-read screen and use the remote controller.” LG said in a press release.
The great differentiator is the WebOS ability to simplify access to television, the beauty of television was its plug and connect however with a multiplicity of channels and platforms it is now a complex mix of search to connect. The LG’s WebOS Smart Tv system has sought to simplify this by pre-connecting channels and platforms to the Television set beforehand. This will enable millions of first and second generation TV views to reconnect with television and keep up with emerging trends and innovations.
Through its WebOS system audiences of all ages are only a click away from accessing their preferred content. This has also called for the simplification of the remote control by adding scroll controls and making it more interactive.
“Using the wheel key of Magic remote, physical handicapped who cannot control Remote control easily are able to change the channel and browse web.” LG’s press release added.
“The new webOS 3.0 is a major update since this advanced TV platform technology was first introduced in 2014,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “The webOS story of Simple Connection, Simple Switching and Simple Discovery has really connected with customers and illustrates very clearly our commitment to securing a leadership role in the smart TV market with innovation and creativity.”
Though television will undoubtedly continue to evolve as it seeks to retain its position in the modern home, it must retain its most important functions to promote inclusivity, break social barriers to access, open up the world to new cultures, generate new opportunities and most importantly grant every one the opportunity for societal participation.
As David Sarnoff noted during the first broadcast; “It (Television) is an art which shines like a torch of hope in the troubled world.”