Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems are working on the LinkedTV project, a new television concept designed to connect TV offerings with the Internet.
"We want to seamlessly combine television and the Internet so that viewers can directly access background information about the current program during the show, without having to spend a lot of time and effort themselves in searching for it," says Fraunhofer project manager Heike Hostmann.
As part of the project, the researchers have developed intelligent software that scans the contents of a TV show prior to its broadcast via speech analysis and image processing for topic-related content from the Web.
The researchers also have developed methods to narrow down the results according to specific criteria. Users find information sorted according to topic for each chapter of a TV program. The software also can learn and adjust information offerings based on the user's preferences. "If the viewer repeatedly accesses the weather report or information on a particular topic, for instance, this content will be displayed in a prioritized fashion," Horstmann says.
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