Sony needs your TV to observe you as a lot as you watch your TV, with the brand new Bravia Cam promising extra than simply video calls from its perch above your display. Whereas the digicam will probably be able to working with Google TV video apps operating on the TVs themselves, it’ll additionally assist optimize image and audio high quality relying on who’s watching and the place they’re sitting or standing, plus offer you or your children an optionally available scolding do you have to be too shut.
With the A95K and Z9K TVs, the Bravia Cam clings magnetically to the highest of the units, with pogo-pins for information and energy. When purchased as an adjunct for different suitable Sony Bravia fashions, it connects by way of USB.
Both approach, there’s Ambient Optimization Professional assist. In the event you’re sitting on the left aspect of the sofa, for instance, the TV will routinely regulate the left-right speaker timing to steadiness it in line with the way you’re going to listen to the soundtrack. In the event you transfer, the Bravia Cam will spot that after which re-adjust.
The identical goes for Voice Zoom, which may regulate the relative quantity of the middle channel of audio relying on how distant from the display you might be. That approach, speech in motion pictures ought to at all times be clear, whatever the total quantity degree. Brightness management works in the identical approach, adjusting total display brightness relying on how close to, or far, you might be from the TV.
Auto Energy Saving Mode, in the meantime, is designed to chop down on these occasions when the TV is left on however there’s no one to observe it. It’s mainly presence detection, with a timer adjustable from 60 seconds to 60 minutes for the automated shut-off. The identical tech is used for the Bravia Cam Proximity Alert, which may present an on-screen warning if somebody is viewing from too close to the show.
Given a constantly-watching digicam is probably going to provide some individuals uncomfortable emotions, there are a couple of privateness options too. For a begin, it’s all optionally available: you would merely unplug the digicam if you happen to don’t need to use it, and there’s a bodily shutter permitting the Bravia Cam’s lens to be coated up. Every particular person characteristic could be selectively enabled or disabled, and the entire processing is dealt with domestically and – for probably the most half, Sony says – inside the Bravia Cam itself, quite than being shared with the corporate’s servers.
That features Gesture Management, which permits fundamental management over what’s on-screen with waving and different actions. Holding up a hand with the fingers outstretched, for instance, can toggle between play and pause; there are additionally programmable gestures which could be assigned to issues like quantity and skip. Closing your hand right into a fist turns the TV off altogether.
Lastly, there’s precise video calling. Sony’s Bravia vary has already supported that with different cameras, such because the Sony ZV-1 and RX10 II, and third-party webcams like Logitech’s BRIO, C920, and C920s. Now, the Bravia Cam can be utilized with third-party chat apps, too.
The Sony Bravia Cam will probably be bundled with choose fashions of Bravia TV – together with the brand new Z9K Mini LED and A95K QD-OLED units – and accessible as an optionally available additional for the A90K, A80K, X95K, X90K, X85K, and X980K Sequence TVs. Pricing will probably be confirmed nearer to launch later in 2022.