Every second day, it seems like there is another editorial or column about the drawbacks of a world obsessed with technology, and how our relation to technology is either making us dumber or worse at human interaction. But what if the reverse was true and Smart TVs could actually make you smarter?
Smart TVs combine the best of our interactions with visually reliant technology. A Smart TV irrespective of being a LG TV, Samsung TV, Micromax TV, etc advances the idea of the television, so far considered only as a source of entertainment or of knowledge absorption, to a device that incorporates interaction as well. A one-sided dynamic of the ‘TV’ with the ‘audience’ becomes a two-way relationship between the ‘TV’ with its user. By changing its form in this way, the TV, so far considered as a mere ‘entertainment’ box has the potential to become an active learning tool and platform.
How does it increase learning?
Human progress and advancement is entirely reliant on the natural human tendency to be curious and to push the boundaries of what is possible when the option, or rather the choice is presented. A man in a village that is completely closed off may not venture out, but if he sees a crack in the walls closing him in, he will be curious about what lies on the other side. Similarly, when merely presented with a menu of choices of entertainment and news to choose from, the audience tends to limit themselves to absorbing. But presented with a device that invites them to make decisions between TV and the internet, between cable and app-based channels, between games and learning sources, an average person is more fascinated by the choices presented and is therefore motivated to explore further!
Smart TVs, although more ‘intelligent’ than their previous versions, nevertheless are advanced technology that users have to adapt to. The audience who robotically flips a remote button therefore, has to choose navigating a more complex and multi-optional screen, giving voice commands, learning how to interact with the system etc.
By incorporating the world of video gaming, Smart TVs have truly crossed a threshold in the gaming experience. No longer is gaming limited to the teenager willing to sit hunched over his computer with headphones – middle-aged and less technologically savvy people find themselves drawn to the larger graphics and icons, the more realistic sounds, and the thrill of a more engrossing experience! Video gaming has been repeatedly shown to substantially improve cognitive skills, observation powers, and reflexes. The expansion of that world to the living room, through the Smart TV, has definitely expanded the demographic base of gamers, and is transferring those benefits!
There is a good reason why even toddlers are drawn to the latest Ipad, or smartphone. The bright, vivid fast-moving colours attract their attention and they find themselves far more fascinated with the colours on the screen rather than those in their environment. Staying glued to your Samsung TV the whole day may not be advisable – but the spectrum of colours, images and the speed at which they are viewed on the television is certainly helpful in increasing visual comfort with various shades of colour, and with various graphical forms.
Truly, Smart TVs do end up making us smarter!