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At the US Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (700 West 46th Street) Samsung unveiled the 75 inch model of their ES9000 television, along with announcing their sponsorship of the Intrepid Spacefest (July 18 - 22, 2012). Clearly Samsung is looking at the X-Box Kinect because this new TV contains a built in camera and motion sensing controls, 3D capable (with Samsung 3D glasses), along with the ability to interface with tablets, smart-phones, keyboards, Samsung wireless speakers, and other wireless devices.
Most proudly touted were the ES9000’s ability to be used as a Skype video-phone and a port of Angry Birds that uses motion controls that would be free to download, with promises of online videogames to come (though no specific titles or developers were named). Samsung wants to court developers for their TV since they also announced a new software development kit for programmers looking to make apps that use the ES9000’s voice, motion, and face recognition capabilities. The ES9000 will be available in August for about $10,000.
Also, it’s nice that these TVs have buttons on their remote that take you straight to Netflix and such, but it’s still a pain to navigate the menus and change the frame-rate settings so movies don’t have that weird BBC look.
On display was the Intrepid’s new gem, the Enterprise Space Shuttle, which was housed in a special inflatable display since a permanent structure for the craft is not yet ready. Certainly an impressive site, though I found the strains of Thus Spake Zarathustra constantly blaring in the background to be a bit tiresome.
For Spacefest, Samsung has also added a showcase area for their newer TV models including others from the ES series, all outfitted to show off internet, 3D, HD, and motion control capabilities. And I have to say, usually these tech-displays feature some god-awful kid’s movie like Yogi Bear or pabulum like Avatar, so it was pretty refreshing and visually impressive to see the 3D TV’s running the trailer for Prometheus.
To learn more about the Intrepid Spacefest, go to http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/spacefest.aspx
Spacefest July 18 – 22, 2012
Intrepid Sear, Air, & Space Museum 700 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036
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