Hitachi TV watches you, you power waster!


Ok, I understand what a noble idea this is from Hitachi to conserve a bit of energy, but I can’t get those "Enemy of the State" movies out of my head where the government will tap into these cameras to spy on you. Maybe that won’t ever happen, but still with people watching their pennies these days, are people really leaving their sets on for long times when they’re not around?


Basically, eye tracking is performed using a small camera atop the TV. When it’s detected that the user is looking away — either because they’ve fallen asleep, or because they’re watching the cat play with a sock from the laundry room, or whatever — the TV will enter power saving mode. Why bother displaying anything if there’s no one there to see it?